A building consultant is a type of home inspector who may work with the homeowner to get permits for renovating or who may tell them if the home is unsafe and needs repair or any type of work. Note when a homeowner may need to call a building consultant for their home and why this work is so vital.
1. If you suspect a pest infestation
A pest infestation is very serious, as it can mean damage to your home inside and out. Termites can quickly eat away at wood beams and studs and make your home unsafe. Mice can chew through electrical cords and, if there is asbestos in the home, burrow into this material and spread its fibers throughout. Ants, roaches, and other such pests are very unhygienic and unsafe.
Unfortunately you may not be able to see the level of infestation yourself just with a quick visual inspection; mice droppings in the kitchen don’t necessarily mean your home is infested, but on the other hand, seeing one roach in the kitchen also doesn’t mean that there aren’t hundreds more behind the walls. If you suspect a pest infestation of any sort, call a building consultant to have it checked professionally.
2. When you’re doing any renovating that may involve work dictated by codes
If you’re just replacing carpeting or are tearing down an interior wall that is not load-bearing, you may not be doing any work on your home that involves building codes. However, if work affects the strength of the structure, plumbing, electrical, and the overall footprint of your home, building codes will be involved. You want to ensure that you call a building consultant beforehand to inspect your home and work with you to get necessary permits, and then inspect the work after it’s done. This will ensure your home is up to code and you don’t face fines from the city or elsewhere.
3. After any property loss
If your home has suffered a fire, flood, or any type of damage, you want to call an independent building inspector. Your insurance agent will no doubt have their own building inspector come into your home to inspect the damages, but to ensure you get fully reimbursed for the cost of repairs, have your own inspector take photos and inspect the area of damage thoroughly. This will protect you if you should need to object to your insurance company trying to undercut your claim in any way.
There are just a few instances when building consultants will be useful. If you find yourself in any of these situations, contact a local consultant as soon as possible.