Tips for scheduling your outdoor project inspections

Posted June 18, 2020 in Blog, General, Landscape Design

Once you have overcome the stress and hassle of obtaining building permits, hiring a contractor, and coordinating construction schedules you still have one hurdle to overcome: PROJECT INSPECTIONS. Since building codes and regulations can vary from one location to the next, project inspections are often the most stressful part of the construction process.

It’s important to know how to navigate the inspection process before you start a construction project in your backyard. This is why we are sharing three tips that will help you navigate your outdoor project inspections:

  • Visualize exactly how your new backyard will look 

It is important that the construction of your outdoor living space follows your approved plans. Neglecting to do so can result in a project that fails inspection, and ultimately results in wasting time and money. A full-color 3D master plan can help you streamline the process of obtaining your building permits and scheduling your inspections.

When you partner with MasterPLAN, your designer will consult with officials before creating your 3D master plan. This powerful tool provides officials with a visualization of what the proposed project will look like and eliminates any miscommunication throughout construction so you don’t run into issues during your project inspections.

  • Determine who is responsible for scheduling your inspections

Once you have obtained your building/zoning permits and construction begins, you will need to know when and how often to schedule your inspections. In some cases, these inspections could be unannounced. Or you might need to schedule your inspections in predetermined phases throughout your construction. This is why it is important to fully understand your township or municipality’s inspection process.

At MasterPLAN, we often work with many local officials throughout the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Main Line of Philadelphia, and western New Jersey. We leverage our experience working within these communities to account for all of the codes and regulations in your area and ensure your backyard transformation is easy, fun, and stress-free!

  • Prepare your construction project for inspection

During your inspection, you must have a copy of your permit, approved plans, and engineering documentation available for your inspector. Failure to do so could result in a project that does not pass inspection.

“Many homeowners don’t have experience working with townships and feel overwhelmed navigating the inspection process. They might overlook tiny details that could cost a ton of time and money,” explains Joshua Gillow, Founder & President of MasterPLAN Outdoor Living. “We are constantly working with local governments and inspection agencies. We know what each community requires and can provide additional research and information that may be necessary for a project to pass inspection. This streamlines your inspection process and eliminates the threat of costly remediations after your construction is complete.”

Planning a new backyard should be a very exciting experience, but we get how intimidating it can be communicating with your township. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we know that you don’t want to be stuck blindly navigating the challenges of your project inspections and other administrative tasks of a construction project. This is precisely why we handle all communication with your township or municipality, develop your 3D design and engineered plans, obtain all your building permits, manage any and all engineering, and coordinate every step of your project inspection.

Here’s how you can start your own backyard transformation journey:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate– Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!

Transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space will maximize your home value, help you fall in love with your home all over again, and make your backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!


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