Bank Draw Inspections

What are Draw Inspections?

In a construction draw inspection, the lender hires an inspector to visit the construction site and assess progress. The inspector is looking to show where the project is in relation to the timeline that was set out, checking the accuracy compared to the original draw request, and reviewing the budget. They’re also likely to look at any stored materials kept on the site.

A construction lending best practice used by most lenders is ordering draw inspections to validate progress in conjunction with disbursing funds.  The simplest reason for draw inspections is to follow along with the builder so that both the project owner and the lender can ensure the loan proceeds are going into the collateral on the loan, and to identify progress concerns as early as possible.

Why are Draw Inspections Important?

A draw inspection is important for a number of reasons, but essentially it ensures that all money on a construction loan is accounted for.

  • It lets the lender know where the project is compared to the timeline they were given. Most risk mitigation companies insist on funds being given out based on the results of these draw inspections because they want to ensure that there’s no more money tied up than is necessary for the project.
  • Draw inspections can also help track funds because the inspector has to account for every cost request and compare it to the on-site representation.
  • Inspections are also important to the builder in that they ensure they are receiving payment for work completed so that they have the funds to continue on to the next phase of construction.
  • Above all else, inspections are important for the project owner, to aid in the smooth and timely completion of the project.

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