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Question DetailsAsked on 3/6/2016

I need a home inspector in Harrisburg NC to oversee a new build.

I am building a home in Harrisburg NC. I am looking for an independent inspector to follow the progress of the build and ensure everything is being built correctly. The build has just broken ground. Some pipe has been laid, but the slab foundation has not yet been poured. I would prefer a VA certified inspector, but it is not a deal breaker.

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You want Construction Inspection Services, not a "home inspector". A "home inspector" looks for things that are wrong or a problem in a built home baased on (typically) a general familiarity with common house issues, but commonly (depending on experience of course) does not have the background or training in the building codes to recognize if the house is actually being built correctly or not. In many states a "home inspector" is not required to have ANY building design or construction experience - sometimes just buy a license (or less), maybe take a test - in other cases has to tag along on a certain number of home inspections before getting licensed but very rarely if ever required to have any design or construction experience or training or code knowledge.

Construction Inspection services are commonly offered by the Architect or Architect/Engineer firm that did your plans, and can range from about a additional 1/2% to 3% of project cost depending on whether there are oddities in the design that need special inspection, whether you are looking for just a visual at key points in time (like before pouring/placing foundation, before closing in, before drywalling, final inspection), or more frequent like weekly, if it is to include things like concrete slump and strength testing, and how often the architect or engineer is looking at it (as opposed to sending an inspector or junior engineer/architect).

Full "prime designer" inspection with the lead architect or engineer doing all the inspections on a daily or every few day basis can run as high as 10% of the project cost, and is very rarely done on residential work or even ordinary design/construction method commercial work - more commonly done only for highly unusual cantilevered "artsy" design, extremely tall buildings, dams, and underground work - and sometimes on touchy complete tearouts and remodel of historic or very old buildings where structural strength cannot be assessed until the tearout is in progress.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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