General Inspection Information


Greg Tyler, Building Inspector

812-232-1381, ext. 128

Listed below are the fail items that are found most often. These are only a few of the areas that will be inspected during the HQS Inspection.  If the items below meet HQS codes, any additional repairs that are found should be minor and easy to correct.

· Utilities must be on before the inspection can take place.

· Unit must be in “move-in” condition.  All construction and rehabilitation must be complete before the inspection can take place.

Smoke alarms:  Must be a minimum of one smoke alarm on each level of the unit. You must have at least one in the hall area of the bedrooms and one in the basement. Detectors must be installed according to the manufactures guidelines.

General electrical service:  Must meet the current “National Electric Code” for existing structures.

Outlets and Light switches:  All 3 prong outlets must be installed on a grounded branch of wire.  If the branch wire is not grounded, the outlet must be a 2 prong outlet. All outlets and switches must have the proper cover that is free from defects.

GFCI outlets:  Must properly “test and reset” and be connected to a grounded branch wire. If the branch wire is not grounded, the GFCI outlet must have a label stating it is “not for grounded use”.

Service panels:  Must have a proper cover.  If any “knock-outs” are missing, the void must be properly covered.

Junction Boxes:  All electrical splices must be properly installed in a junction box. All unused knock-outs must be in place. All junction boxes must have the cover plate installed.

Stove/Oven: Oven and all burners must be complete and operating properly.

Refrigerator:  The door seals must be in good condition and the unit must operate properly.

Windows in general:  If made to open, they must function as designed.  They must open, close, stay opened unassisted, and lock properly. They must be relatively air-tight and free of major defects.

Doors:  Must operate as designed. They must open, close, and latch properly. All exterior doors must be relatively air-tight and lock securely.

Walls and ceilings:  Must be in decent condition and free of all major deterioration. Loose plaster and severe chipping and peeling paint are not acceptable.

Guttering:  If any section of the guttering exist, it must be complete and in proper working condition.

Heating and cooking units:  Must be free of all major deterioration, installed and functioning properly.

Foundations and chimneys:  Must be free of major deterioration, holes and loose materials.

Handrails:  Must be present if 4 or more steps are present. The same code applies to basement and attic stairs.  A secure railing in required on all porches and balconies over 30 inches from the ground or floor.

Bathroom:  Must include a door for privacy, toilet, tub or shower, sink and window that opens or a vent fan.

Roof:  Must be free of major deterioration and free of water leaks.

Unit exterior:  Materials must be in decent condition and free of major deterioration.