The Remodel Home Inspection Process
1. Pull Permits
To apply for your permit, you will need to go to the city your home is located in with drawings of the room as is and drawings of what you plan to do or alter. There will be a form you need to fill out that’ll go with the plans. Depending on the city your permit could be ready that day, or it could take a week or so for them to go over the plans and approve your project. In Elk River, MN it took us two weeks to get our permits approved. When we do renovations in Minneapolis, MN, we get the permit the same day. This is an essential part of the home inspection process.
Homeowner (Contractor) will pull the main permit for the project that’ll typically include inspection boxes for framing, insulation/vapor barrier, and final. The electrician, HVAC, and plumber all have to pull permits on their own. Make sure to have your approvals before any work is done on the project, including before you start the demo too. If you’re hiring a contractor, they will do all the designs and pull all the permits, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
2. Electrician, HVAC and Plumber Rough-In
The electrical, HVAC and plumbing rough-in are all done after the demo has happened. The electrical inspection will be performed by a separate inspector and will be done before any other rough-in inspections. Depending on your city, the rest of the rough-in inspections might be done by one inspector, but some have individual inspectors for all trades. Ask your city what they require.
We always sub out and hire a professional plumber and electrician and always work with the same companies. Our plumbing company is Glacier Plumbing and our electrical company is Accurate Electric.
You or your contractor is responsible for calling and scheduling the required inspections. Before you can go beyond the rough-in stage, you’ll need to go through your first inspection, which is called the rough-in inspection. If the project is up to code, the inspector will pass the project, but if there are changes that need to be made, they will give you a checklist of things that need to be corrected. Once the list is completed, another appointment should be scheduled with the inspector so they can verify it was fixed and approve your project. Sometimes this can slow your remodel down by a week or even two.
4. Pass Inspection + Get back to Work
Treat your inspector like the police. If you show them respect and listen to what they have to say, you will have a much easier time because they have control of letting you move forward or not. If your inspector is your friend, it’ll make your life easier and the remodel a lot smoother.
The inspectors are there for your safety and the safety of future homeowners. Its never fun to fail inspections but there is a reason for them, and we are thankful for them when we’re buying a home! The inspector also protects everyone by ensuring that the construction meets minimum standards and safety requirements.
There you have it, 4 simplified steps to the home inspection process. If you make sure to be patient and respectful to the inspector, it will make the home inspection process much easier on you!