Originally Posted By: jpeck
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In my opinion, if an inspector is going to do new construction inspections, they need to know the code, and use it, often.
There is no longer the excuse "But which code applies?", the code for your area. There sometimes does come up 'which code applies' as when there is a code changed, then you need to ask, or make an educated guess, when the permit was applied for, and use that code.
As far as 'hold harmless' agreement with the builder, we tell our clients to do our inspection after closing, and write this on their final walk through inspection: "This walk through inspection includes the inspection report by (company name) which will be attached later because our inspector was not allowed on the property to do the inspection without interference."
If the builder does not let them finish writing that, or scratches it out, we advise them to not sign it. That means the entire walk through is up in the air, it is meaningless.
The best way to get builders to respect you, and to become allies with the building department, is to know the code. Ask the building department what code they use, call them with (intelligent) questions which show you are interested in "getting it right", give code references so the building department Will know what you are referring to.
I could go on, but you get the idea, know your codes, use them, or don't do new construction. New construction is the last place to hold the builder responsible for what they just built (well, the one year warranty, but it's easier at closing).