Building inspections and certifications will often be required when you are building a new house or commercial building, renovating it and even selling it. The inspections and certifications are essential because they ensure the building complies with the applicable laws and building codes regarding key aspects such as health and safety. The inspections can be done by private or government (council) building certifiers. There are pros and cons of working with either certifier. However, here are some reasons why a private building certifier would be a better option.
Private Building Certifiers Are Faster
Compared to council building certifiers, the inspections and approvals tend to take a shorter time. That's important because it will prevent delays, which can not only be an inconvenience but also costly. For instance, rescheduling your project because of the lead time caused by a longer-than-expected building inspection and certification means you will be interfering with the schedules of your builders, suppliers and other key people working on the project. Consequently, you may have to pay more to compensate for the interference. Also, if you had hired heavy construction equipment such as an excavator, scaffolding or a crane for a given number of days, you will have to pay more for the extra days.
Private building certifiers are usually faster than their council counterparts because they work for their own income. That means they will spend as little time as possible on a single project to enable them to work on more building inspections. Council building certifiers, on the other hand, work for the local government, using its resources. To avoid straining those resources, many councils will keep the number of inspections and certifications done to a minimum. That means more time is likely to be spent on a single project.
Private Building Certifiers Are Easily Reachable
Reaching a private building certifier via email or on the phone is generally easier than reaching a council building certifier. That's because dealing with private certifiers is often direct, which means contact will also be direct. However, when working with a council building certifier, you will be dealing with the local council. That means you may have to go through your local council first when you have questions regarding your building and its approval.
Private Building Certifiers Have Better Technical Expertise
Private building certifiers tend to be more skilled and knowledgeable in building inspections and certifications. Since they work for themselves, most of them will gain as much knowledge as possible in their field to have the much-needed competitive advantage in the market.
For more information, reach out to a building inspection service.