When remodeling or buying a new home under construction in Austin there is a new rule requiring projects to have certain phases of the project to be inspected by an independent 3rd party inspector. Many home owners and buyers get upset with all the rules and regulations the City of Austin imposes but when it's all said and done they are instilled to benefit the consumer.
Steve Medina, a professional inspector (see his website: http://www.savvyinspections.com ) tells of a recent drywall phase inspection he did for a customer. The customer was not happy about having to pay for another inspection by a 3rd party inspector on top of a previous inspection performed by the City of Austin. He complained the project was already behind schedule and Austin was too strict!! He complained "why so much red tape"??
When first entering the room the customer was remodeling he noticed immediately obvious code violations and lack of good workmanship. Nails were used instead of screws in the drywall and the thickness of the drywall was incorrect. There is a reason to use drywall screws. I'm sure you have seen "nail pops" in many homes. If nails are used they pop out in time, pushing through the texture thus looking unsightly and needs to be repaired.
The contractor hired to complete the job was the cheapest bid. The men performing the work did not speak English. After the inspection the client was glad he hired a third party inspector and put the blame on the contractor. Actually the blame should rest on the client for making a decision on picking a contractor based solely on price! You get what you pay for !!
Austin does not accept substandard construction. Proper building standards are far more important than saving a few dollars! Customers deserve safe quality construction.
There are many good contractors to interview and many who are in need of work as the building industry has slowed down. Now is a great time to take advantage of remodeling but interview and compare how work will be completed - make sure you are lookin at comparable bids. Line up a good 3rd party inspector as they will be an impartial guardian protecting your interest.