Originally Posted By: Jeff Pope
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Here's the scenario as I see it;
All new homes and most home additions require the appropriate permits (even though many home owners do not comply). A city or county official (technically) does the Code Compliant Inspection (CCI). In most cases, their inspection is sub-standard with regards to quality control. This is where we can safely step in.
Unless we are qualified to do so, we cannot LEGALLY conduct a CCI.
Where we can benefit (so to speak) is in the area of quality control. I have witnessed many cases where, even though the installations were completely code compliant, they were not functional.
Case in point: I recently inspected a NEW home where the duct work from the heating/cooling unit was crushed to about 25% of its actual capacity. When the pipe fitters installed the gas line, they did not have enough room in the sub-floor. Their remedy was the path of least resistance - the flexible A/C ducting. It was then covered by drywall and hidden forever (so they thought).
My role was as the Quality Control Inspector. With pictures as proof, the builder was "compelled" to remove the drywall and re-route the piping.
Our liability as a QCI is actually much less when inspecting new homes or additions. The CCI is responsible for most safety hazards that could produce heavy financial liability. Our role is much simpler - if it looks wrong, it probably is.
If we choose to inspect an addition WITHOUT the proper permits, we are treading on thin ice. Even though we may be familiar with most codes, the code compliant inspection is considered the same as "Law Enforcement."
Jeff Pope - JPI Home Inspection Service