Quality Assurance: What to Expect from an Inspection


Getting a structural inspection is not something that happens daily in our lives. It is for our safety and to provide proof of the quality of a particular building. You might be having a general idea of what to expect during an inspection, but it is also a good idea to understand what will be going on. Below are basic guidelines for what is likely to happen during structural inspection

What areas are to be inspected?

  1. In general, the main aim of the inspector is to ensure that a building meets necessary requirements and identify any safety hazards that the building may have. This means that not only will they assess and evaluate the structure itself, but also anything which is attached to it such as a guest house or a garage.
  2. Roof- inspecting and determining condition of the roof is also part of the larger consumer protection goals. The inspectors will take a closer look at any leakages, type of roof, the condition of the gutters as well as sheathing. They will afterward provide you with some possible repair options and their estimated costs.
  3. Basement and crawl space water- this will give you a description of the structure’s water control systems. It includes the description of any condition which might be as a result of water as well as the adequacy of water control systems. The inspector will look at the excessive moisture on premises, water accumulating in the basement, and the available surface draining conditions around a particular building.
  4. Framing- here, the inspector will focus on any structural deficiencies as well as estimating repair cost. They will assess every visible and any accessible part of the framing to look for rot, deterioration or insect activity.
  5. Foundation- it involves the assessment of any visible signs of distress in the foundation of the structure. If they find any, they will make sure to provide you with the best repair solutions, and their estimate costs too. The inspector will be required to look at the visible portions of the foundation such as slab, wall, and floor among others. They mainly focus much attention on cracks, attachment, movement and bowing

What are the potential outcomes?

You either get a clean bill of health on your building or not. But remember that just a few dents or damages here and there on your structure does not mean that you will not be successful. You can still get a clean bill of health even when the inspector finds some leaks and cracks. The crack might even be as a result of thermal damage rather than the structural integrity of that building.

Aside from getting you that clean bill of health, the inspection report will aim to provide the cause of the damages. By so doing, you will be able to repair the damages and prevent any future cases and this saves time and money over the days to come.

Not only is a building inspection an important step when making a sale, but it also gives you peace of mind when it comes to the future of the property.

At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we are a dedicated team of inspectors. We perform thorough inspections to ensure your building meets the quality standards.


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  • July 2, 2018

    Thanks for helping me learn more about structural inspections. I had no idea that the inspector could look at the framing to see if it’s rotting or deteriorating. I’m interested to know what this could look like depending on how severe the damage is.

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