Originally Posted By: jremas
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First things first, call your E&O insurance carrier and see if your “home inspection Policy” covers code inspections. It probably does not. The most important issues are: 1) what code the builder/owners contract specifies, 2) what the local or state building code is for where the construction takes place, 3) who is going to be responsible for issuing a C.O. when construction is done.
You may want to have your contract state that you are not there for code enforcement, that is not your responsibility. Make sure that your client knows there are limitations to your inspections and you cannot force a contractor to do anything they don't have to in their agreement. In the absence of a local AHJ things get a little sticky.
Your client might just need you for a punch list when the project is done and you can do a complete home inspection. There is a ton of liability when you say you are going to check for code violations. How do you know what the soil analysis is? Are you going to get certificates from the concrete manufacturer to verify quality and psi?, Will you be there for the foundation pour or block laying to verify rebar and grout in the verticals? Will someone else do the electrical code inspections?
the bottom line is that you must know where you stand, where the client stands and make sure that the client does not have expectations higher than what you can provide.
If the local area follows the BOCA 1999, you better be certified with BOCA for calling out violations. Lots to think about. take it slow.
REMAS Inspections, Inc.
Northeastern PA & the Poconos