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The Right Time to Schedule Your New Construction Inspection

Apr 6, 2022 | Our Blog

When arranging a new construction inspection, make sure that the work is completed to the point where the scope of the inspection will cover. If you schedule the inspection too soon, you risk losing inspection value because it can only cover what is visible and completed at the time of the inspection. 

Professional engineering inspections examine new projects in greater depth than other inspectors, and the report with photographs usually takes at least one working day to complete. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough time to receive and review the information with your builder. 

In the following paragraphs, you will find the best times to arrange your construction inspection. 

Scheduling Your Concrete Inspection

This is typically a pre-pour inspection that examines the overall quality of workmanship in finishing concrete placement preparations. This implies that before the inspection, the forms, rough-in plumbing, and reinforcement should all be finished and ready to be covered.

It’s usually best to have the inspection 24 hours before pouring the concrete so that the data can be gathered and presented. Although information can be communicated verbally on the spot, it is rarely as thorough as a written report. 

If you have any concerns about a certain aspect, you should have enough time to talk with the engineering firm that designed the building. Professional engineering inspectors work extremely hard to issue this type of inspection report as quickly as possible, understanding how important it is to allow the concrete to cure before construction continues..

Arranging Your Framing Inspection

When the framing is largely completed (if not totally completed) and the building is dried in with the roof in place and completed, this is referred to as a rough-in inspection. The plumbing, electricity, and HVAC systems should be finished, and the building should be ready for insulation. 

Plank-style siding is commonly used; however, it is not required. And it is preferable to see as much of the outer envelope as possible to inspect flashing details. To allow for any concerns to be resolved, you should wait at least 48 hours after getting the report before covering the walls and ceilings.

Securing Your Final Quality Inspection 

This inspection includes not just the construction’s primary visible components but also a witness of all performed systems tests.  Manufacturers should go through the construction checklist at least once before this inspection. 

All appliances, including the HVAC, should be installed and operable as soon as possible. For the most thorough assessment, the manufacturer should consider the structure ready for occupancy.


The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the construction stage and scheduling the inspection. Although the manufacturer may imply that the building is ready for inspection, you should double-check to ensure that your inspection is not scheduled too soon because inspections are more difficult to be rescheduled on short notice.

If your project needs inspection services, you can come to T.R. Arnold & Associates for assistance. We offer engineering, inspections, and plan reviewing services. Set up a consultation with us today.

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