What’s a Final Inspection?

The final inspection is made after all other inspections (Roofing, Environmental, Electrical, etc.) are finished, approved and signed off by the appropriate inspector.

Then, when the final walk-through is made successfully the inspection process is complete!

You must be there for the final walk-through.

A new house or addition cannot legally be occupied and permanent power cannot be provided without a CO (certificate of occupancy). This is the final step. The inspector absolutely does not care, even a little, about your choice of colors or design preferences. All that matters is safety.

NOTE: Any of the inspectors may (rarely, though) also check:

Outside the House
____ Under floor and attic ventilation.
____ Fireplace outside air intake.
____ Proper grade away from house.
____ Outside GFCI outlets.
____ Main water shut off.

Inside the House
____ Service (electrical) panel labeled and grounded.
____ Smoke detector(s).
____ GFCI in kitchen and outlets within 6 ft. of sink.
____ GFCI in the bathroom(s).
____ Attic access minimum 22” X 30” opening.
____ Garage GFCI outlets.
____ Gas hook-ups.

You can print this list and walk around yourself before this Inspection. You’ll easily spot potential problems and can, therefore, avert needless heartache. If something’s blatantly unsafe or hazardous, think about getting it fixed.

Most inspectors are great, professional people and only want to keep us all safe. Keep in mind that inspectors are mainly concerned with those areas you applied for and received a permit for and usually don’t go around looking for things that’ll make your life (and theirs) difficult.

Be nice to them.

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