Final inspections should be completed before the final payment. A contractor who hasn't received final payment is more likely to come back and correct a failed inspection versus a paid one. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Rule: N.J.A.C. 13:45A-16.2(a)10.ii states: "For inspection on construction permits for: building, electric, plumbing, fire protection or elevator, final payment to the contractor is not required to be made before a final inspection is performed."
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