What Does a Building-Inspector Do?

A building inspector is a licensed individual who is hired by either a municipality state or county and is typically certified in at least one or several different fields qualifying them to make an independent and unbiased assessment of a structure’s structural integrity, the state of repair needed and whether a system meets legal code requirements for construction. They are typically hired by individuals or organizations who have a concern about building construction and safety to determine if the structure meets legal requirements, as well as to verify the integrity of the building’s components and other components. The inspector will inspect and test the building to determine the structural integrity, as well as evaluating the internal systems, the exterior structure and general appearance of the building.


This profession is considered extremely important within the construction industry because a large portion of the construction process involves the use of structures. As a result, it is essential to hire qualified building inspectors who can ensure that the system you are constructing is structurally sound, has all of its necessary equipment in good working condition, is built to code and meets all applicable insurance requirements.


For an inspector to perform their job correctly, they must have knowledge and training in building design and engineering. By the time you hire a certified inspector to inspect your new home, they will have received the training and certification required to perform this service. Because the building-inspector needs to understand the inner workings of a home’s building materials, equipment, electrical, insulation, heating system and windows and doors, they must be certified in these different areas of the structure, as well as having extensive experience. These individuals will have received many hours of classroom education as well as practical training, allowing them to be able to safely assess the structure and provide the necessary recommendations for repairs or replacement that they may deem necessary.


An inspector will not perform inspections unless the materials and/or components of the structure meet the building codes for that particular state or country. It is also essential that the inspector you hire can perform their service without being in direct contact with any part of the building that can cause harm.


Suppose the building-inspector has appropriately inspected the structure and the report reveals that your home does not need any significant repairs. In that case, the homeowner or builder should not contact the inspector before the completion of the work, as the inspector may issue a notice of default stating that the structure has been inspected and determined to be structurally sound.