I would like to explore Phase Inspections as an avenue and I need some wise counsel from someone who is currently doing them. I am coming from 20 years experience in construction & Project Management. I understand what substantial completion of each phase looks like and am well versed in reading and making Gantt charts.
I only encountered a Phase Inspection once for a historic renovation in a building near Cleveland OH. The lender sent a collage student with a draw check to meet me. She looked like a deer in headlights, about 10 steps in she jumped from the sound of a power tool and made a B line for the door, handed me the check and promptly left. It was obvious she did not have any training or experience. So that leaves me with a lot of questions, here are a few I am hopeful you guys can answer.
Who (at large) is paying professionals to do these?
How do you structure pricing for these types of inspections?
With the constant change of project schedules is it a challenge to get in at the right time?
Are Contractors or PM’s cooperative? Do they even communicate with you?
How do you define the scope / accountability for these inspections.?
For example: Are you inspecting for conformance with the plans or looking for defects as well as
verifying substantial completion of the phase?
Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated.