Amid Cutbacks, Construction Inspections Are on the Rise
NAHB | October 2, 2013 | link
Before it can be completed and delivered to a buyer, the median single-family home requires eight separate inspections, according to a recent survey of NAHB’s builder members. At the extreme, 17 percent of builders report that their typical home requires at least 15 different inspections.
Moreover, the number of construction inspections is on the rise. In the same survey, 45 percent of builders said the number of inspections has increased over the past two years, while only one percent said the number had declined.
The survey was in the form of special questions appended to the instrument for the September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The survey found relatively few cases where the number of inspections is causing serious chronic delays so far. Only 8 percent of builders responding to the September questions said that it usually takes their local building departments more than 48 hours to respond to requests for inspections.