Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code defines the MINIMUM standards for fire safety; structural strength; energy conservation; erosion control; heating, plumbing and electrical systems; and
general health and safety in new dwellings.
There are many builders that take extreme pride in their work and usually exceed these standards on a daily basis. There are other builders that are only concerned with meeting the minimum CODE requirements which may lead to use of average products and workmanship. It would be the same as a child that comes home from school with a 70% average. Also, general contractors hire many sub-contractors to complete specific parts of the project. They may include roofers, masons, electricians, dry-wallers, plumbers, carpenters, painters, and so on. These sub contractors are also bound by the CODE to meet the MINIMUM building standards.
Most people are surprised to find out that the building inspector is only concerned about enforcing the CODE requirements. They don't evaluate workmanship unless it doesn't meet the minimum CODE requirements. A good example of this is the use of H-Clips for roof decking installation. These clips are not required by code, but they ensure the proper spacing of the decking and add additional strength and will improve the integrity of your roof.
It is extremely important to have all of the expectations defined in writing before the construction contract is signed. This should include the quality of materials to be used for the home, including windows, shingles, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, interior trim, siding, flashings, and so on. What additional costs, if any, will there be to have things done right, or is the home expected just to meet CODE?
Once all of this has been agreed upon with the builder, then you may want to consider hiring me to ensure your expectations are being met. Before the project is started, we will choose which of the major phases of the project you would like inspected. The cost per inspection will range from $75 to $125 per inspection. The cost typically will go down as the number of inspections requested increases.
We will work out the schedule and that schedule will be provided to the builder. Communication is very important to make sure the dates on the schedule are being met and if there is any slippage in the schedule it will be communicated to the Inspector. A written report will be provided to you along with pictures so you will be made aware of the progress and any potential problems. You will then have the opportunity to discuss these issues with the builder to make sure your agreed upon expectations are being met.I'm looking forward to working with you on your project.
Please give us a call 920-451-4646 to discuss this inspection with you!