Dannyluv4u, Home Owner in Fairhaven, MA

CAN A BUILDING INSPECTOR TELL A CONTRACTOR OR EVEN VOICE HIS/HER OPINION IF THE CONTRACTOR IS CHARGING TOO MUCH FOR A JOB SITE??

Asked by Dannyluv4u, Fairhaven, MA Fri Apr 15, 2011

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Inspectors can really only voice their opinion about the building inspections. If they see something really wrong with the contractor, they might be able to help and voice their opinion. But they are mainly focused on their job and the building inspection. http://www.boundbuilders.com.au/services
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 14, 2015
The Inspector should be onsite to view the work specified in the Permit- and to keep an eye out for additional Code Violations.

The inspector should have nothing to do with Pricing or pay.

That being said- if you are the owner or Agent of the property- and engage the inspector in discussion - yes they can answer the question- under the guise of friendly conversation.

The Inspectors' answer should be taken with a grain of salt however - due to the following reasons:

1)The inspector has a relationship (such as a friend, buddy, neighbor, cousin, brother, fill in the blank) with a competing contractor- this would be unethical- to render a disparaging opinion.

2) The inspector has had a conflict with the onsite contractor- in which case their opinion would be suspect. What if that Contractor had lodged a complaint against the inspector or other member of that city's inspection crew previously?

The inspector should not be doing this in any case- so as to retain impartiality, but it is not illegal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 27, 2012
You should really acknowledge some of the very astute comments you received or withdraw your question. Lot's of folks have gone out of their way to come to your aid. Please pay them some respect.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
Opinions are acceptable however its best to keep to their own business and keep quit unless there is a obvious violation of building code....do not get in between a home owner and their contractor is best policy.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
Hi Danny:

A building inspector can say anything they want, however, it may be a conflict of interest in this case. You would have to determine their motives for stating what they did.

An inspector is a representative of a city entity. They are subject to the rules that govern them in that jurisdiction. If this has occurred, you may want to submit a grievance to the department that they represent.

Here in Los Angeles, Building Inspectors have gotten transferred, disciplined and/or fired from their positions for unlawful actions, mostly for taking bribes. People have reported them to the proper authorities.

Good luck!

All the best,

Kat Becker
Prudential California Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 25, 2011
Yes.
This being America and a country of free speech anyone can say just about anything unless it's on air or in an airport.
The reality is there is a lot of non-professional people out there doing their jobs without pride or enthusiasm.
You could always sue them, file a complaint to their boss or ignore it.
I would let it go and move on knowing the inspector is doing a poor job.

One thing I always tell my clients is an inspectors job is to find problems and report them, that's all.
Not to make suggestions or give their personal opinions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 25, 2011
Typically, the inspector is focused on how much work has been done relative to the scope in the contract. The inspector's job is to act as a third party for the lender or the homeowner regarding work completed and payment. Unless he has been contracted to scope and price a project, he will not have an opinion on cost -- at least not "officially."
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 18, 2011
Not being part of the conversation difficult to render an opinion , many more questions require answers

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
First, what exactly do you mean by Job Site? Second, the inspectors only responsibility is to inspect whatever is called out on the permit/s. They have absolutely no authority beyond that. Technically they can't even render an opinion about costs. If what they are inspecting is shoddy or non code compliant workmanship that can be noted but not elaborated on as to cost justification.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
Inspectors should stay neutral.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
According to business ethics, the building inspector should have no opinion about it.

Have a blessed day!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
Usually that analysis isn't in an inspectors purview.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
I doubt that the inspector would have access to records of costs/ expenditures on a job site.
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