The reason you received the notification is because construction is going to be starting near you soon and we, VCE, have been asked by the Construction Company to offer inspections to properties within a certain radius of their site. These inspections are done before any construction begins in order to document the current condition of each property inside and outside just in case anyone were to have a concern throughout the course of the project or at any point after. As a third party, we keep each inspection on file here at our office for at least 10 years so if at any point you were to have a question or concern, you can contact our office and we will look up your inspection and put you in touch with the appropriate construction company directly.
Yes, the inspection that is offered does include the inside as well to document any conditions such as dry wall cracking, water damage, tile cracking in a bathroom or any other interior damage condition. If you are not comfortable with us doing the interior inspection, we only ask that you either contact our office directly and let us know you are declining the interior portion or you can let the technician know when he is at your property and you can sign our inspection page so we have documentation that we attempted the interior but you are choosing to decline.
No, you do not need to do anything to prepare for our inspection. Our technician is trained to know where to look and what to look for on each property. Our technician will walk through each accessible room on the interior and look at every surface (wall, ceiling & floor) for any existing damage conditions. If he sees a condition, he will take a close-up photograph documenting the condition and he will sketch it on a diagram as well to show its location on the surface. If he does not see any existing conditions on a surface he will notate “no damage” so we have a record of that as well. He will also walk around the exterior of your property and will document any conditions noticed in your property’s exterior surfaces and any sidewalks, walkways, driveways or patios.
We typically schedule appointments from 9am until 5pm, but we are willing to work within your schedule. We understand that many of you work during these hours so we can discuss an appointment time outside of this range to accommodate your schedule. Our greatest priority is completing each inspection and giving each property owner the opportunity to participate.
Our normal protocol is not to release a copy to each property but to keep all inspections on file here at our office for at least 10 years. The inspections are filed by project and are kept safely on file until a concern should arise. We do not access any inspections unless the property owner were to have a concern that necessitates evaluating the pre-blast inspection. Please keep our phone # handy in case you do have a concern and you can contact us at that time. Of course, feel free to accompany our technician throughout the inspection.
For each project we have a specific radius zone that we are asked to inspect. This can vary from 300’ up to even 1000’ out from the project site. This means that we only offer inspections to properties within this specific radius, and for each project that will exclude properties right outside the zone. Sometimes this means that one house on a street might receive a notice but the house next door does not.
Time is always of the essence for each project. Typically, the flyer you have received will have a deadline date for the inspections. We are not always given a specific date to have our inspections done by so once our notices are handed out we always try to get them done as soon as possible. If, however, you will be out of town or have a unique situation that prevents you from getting your inspection done in a timely manner, please contact our office and we will do our best to obtain a cut-off date for the project associated with your property.
If at any point in time you have a concern about a condition on your property, you can feel free to contact our office. We will look up your address and provide you with the telephone number for the Construction Company that worked on the project near you. You can then let them know directly what concerns you have. They will help you through the process of having your concern evaluated. Often times, at the request of the Construction Company, a representative from our Investigative Division will come back out to your property to do another assessment once construction is completed.
The inspections are not mandatory but are offered free of charge to anyone within the radius who would like to take advantage of the opportunity. The inspection provides a valuable benchmark for you as well as the construction company as it shows the current condition of your property before any work begins.
The seismograph is used to monitor the blasting activities in your area to ensure all activities are safe and within the State Regulations. It has been placed there by our company in a specific location to allow for optimum monitoring of the blasting vibrations produced by the project. Our technician will be periodically servicing the machine and downloading the information. Please do not touch or tamper with the machine – it is a sensitive instrument that is calibrated specifically to monitor blasting activities.