If you’re employed in the construction industry, chances are you’ve worked with a building inspector. Depending on the project, the inspector, and the situation, it could have gone smoothly or it could have been a disaster. The way you approach inspections can change the mechanics of the visit for the better.
A Florida contractor lawyer outlines some best practices for working with building inspectors in this two-part article.
Run on Schedule
To keep stress at bay, ensure that inspections are scheduled properly. You need to make sure you are ready for inspection and time it appropriately. If you are not ready for an inspection, call as early as possible to cancel it. A worst-case scenario would be to have other construction professionals waiting on the inspection to pour concrete, install utilities, or apply finishes. This puts you on edge and affects your relationship with others because they’re doing business on a tight timeline too.
Build a Positive Foundation
When you meet the building inspector for the first time, properly introduce yourself and offer some brief information about your experience and company. Have any plans, timelines, and other documents ready for the inspector. Causing the inspector to be delayed by looking for plans in your truck or office is a good way to get off on the wrong foot.
Asking questions respectfully during the inspection can help you gain a better understanding of the inspector. The majority of building inspectors have been trained to be more engaged with builders than in years past. Showing interest can go a long way toward making the inspector feeling valued instead of opposed.
Prepare the Site
Having an orderly jobsite is key to the inspector having a positive experience. Prepare before the inspector arrives by giving the site a once over to look for any hazards or messes that could present your site management in a poor light. If the inspector trips over loose flooring or an electrical cord, you could be making a call to your insurance company.
Read part two of this article to learn more ways to ensure your next building inspection goes smoothly.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.