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As far as everything being to code, that is what the municipality building inspector and underwriter labs electrical inspectors are for.

For people that don't know, all new houses are inspected. First, by the local municipality building inspector. He is supposed to be looking to see if the house meets general building code requirements, which have more to do with the design than the workmanship. Secondly, before the electrical company will hook your house up to the grid, a inspection is required by the an UL electrical inspector. Again, he is looking more at the legal requirements than the workmanship. However, those requirements are rooted deeply in safety. Thirdly, if you are on a septic, then the local health dept is supposed to do an inspection to ensure that the leach field works. Nobody want puddles of you know what coming up with the first rain. Lastly, if you are taking out a mortage and have a well, then the bank may require a test of the well to ensure that it is healthy.

With that all said, it is my experience that the local municipal inspector may not know all that much and besides he is really looking out for the municipality more so than the homeowner. Sooo, a new homeowner should have some type of workmanship/quality insection done. You could hire it out, but even if you do I'd advise you to spend a lot of time at the house during all construction stages. Bring your camera (video is best) and take a long hard look for your self. If there is anything you don't feel comfortable with, then bring it up with the General Contractor right away or even a sub who seems to be doing work. If you still don't feel comfortable, then hire somebody or find an experienced friend. And remember, your leverage expires after you fork over the dough.

Rahm
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