Fix-up before, or after, city inspector comes

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First timer. Should I fix up the place before or after the city inspector comes. Issue is..... if I fix up before, I’m not exactly sure what to fix. Thank you for any insight

If you don't know what to fix you are wasting money. Wait till you are told and only fix what is necessary. This is basic business for th einspector and part of doing our business. You are not going to impress him by doing work in advance.

You could Hire an inspector or contractor that lives in the same City as the property. Have them walk through and give you their opinion of red flags that an inspector would nail you on.

The problem with doing work ahead of time is that if a code requires the inspector to approve the project at certain stages, you may be undoing what you have already done in order to let the inspector inspect.  

For an example, We did a rehab where we took a huge open area and put up 3 walls to make another bedroom.  It was super easy to do because there was already an existing window and ceiling fan, so we literally centered the room on the fan and window and just closed it in.  We did have to add some electrical on 2 walls, but that was easy too.

IF we finished it before calling the inspector, we would've had to tear it down to studs because the inspector needed to inspect the studs we put up to make sure they were pre-treated for termites, and anchored properly.  THEN, he needed to see the electrical that we added, in place.  So again, we would have had to tear down the drywall in order ot accommodate.

Better to have him come out first and tell you what needs to be done, and at what point he needs to come back out to inspect.

Thank you for this!

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