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Any time new buildings are put up they must comply with the general standards that ensure safety as well as local building codes. Both residential structures and commercial buildings must undergo building inspections, but there are significant differences in the inspections of commercial and residential buildings. Here we will take a look at what goes into residential building inspections and commercial building inspections.

Residential building inspections

Building code compliance for residential buildings is done through obtaining the necessary permits before construction even begins. Residential building inspectors are almost always independent contractors hired by prospective home buyers to report on the structure and foundation of a home that the buyer is considering purchasing. This is especially important for people who are looking at purchasing an older home rather than a newly built one. A faulty foundation won’t be readily apparent to most people, but it can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Residential inspectors generally have extensive experience in construction and the accompanying licenses, but since they are self-employed it is always a good idea to make sure before using their service.

Commercial building inspections

For a new building, a city may send someone out to conduct an inspection during construction to make sure that the building is structurally sound and that it complies with all building ordinances. After the building is complete, an inspector will conduct a commercial building inspection to make sure that all fire safety measures are in place and in working order. These can include the sprinkler system, smoke alarms, fire exits and other safety features.

Another key area of commercial building inspections is the electrical wiring. The inspector must make sure that the heating and air conditioning system and all appliances are connected properly. Inspectors also make sure that the lighting, back-up power generator, and security system are functional as well. New buildings may also require a plumbing inspector, an elevator inspector and other inspectors. Because each type of building inspector requires a lot of specialized knowledge, different people may serve as the structural inspector, the fire safety inspector, the electrical inspector and so on. Commercial buildings will also need to be inspected after renovations.

Building inspections are an important safety measure for all new construction. Residential building inspections can save buyers substantial sums of money, while commercial building inspections will make sure that all the systems in the building that keep the public safe are in good working order.

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