Crestview implements virtual building inspections
Thinking outside the box and remaining flexible in the face of COVID-19 are increasing efficiency for the local construction industry in Crestview, Florida — for contractors, homeowners and the city alike — with the implementation of virtual building inspections.
With at least 24 hours’ notice, a contractor or homeowner can schedule a building site inspection via Skype or Facetime for various types of construction inspections, including heating, ventilation or air conditioning, or water heater change-outs; window and door replacements; demolitions; electrical work; water and sewer line replacements; and fences, decks, roofs, siding and soffits. Once all necessary work has been observed and pictures taken, the inspector will disconnect, completing the inspection. Results will be issued immediately. Initial inspections are covered in the cost of the permit when it is issued. All re-inspections will have the same penalties applied as any other re-inspection.
“It’s going to be a real timesaver for us and the contractor,” said Crestview Building Official Ronnie Raybon.
The advantages include pre-scheduled inspections at 30-minute intervals, faster inspection times (the average duration of a virtual inspection is 10 minutes, with approval or denial issued immediately), and enhanced scheduling (no more waiting for the inspector to arrive or the customer having to take a whole day off from work). Additionally, the inspector, contractor or homeowner not having to be in close proximity during the inspection in this time of COVID-19 is also an advantage.
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