Who needs a handover inspection?
A handover inspection is recommended for:
- People buying a new home or apartment
- People buying off the plan
Why is it Important?
In most cases, the homeowner has little (if any) building knowledge and relies on the builder and contractors to complete the building work to an acceptable standard. This potentially disadvantages the owner who has to rely on just the advice of the builder, even if they suspect something is not right. In short, a Handover Inspection will ensure you get what you paid for.
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What you get with our new home building inspections:
Report emailed to you within 24 hours covering:
- Safety Hazards
- Suspected Non-Compliance
- Substandard Workmanship
- Incomplete Works
- Suspected Non-Compliance with Contracts and Specifications
Frequently asked questions
You can engage us at any time during the construction. However most people engage us as construction commences to complete inspections at all stages of the build. Or some people choose to have us attend the site just when you have concerns or only at the final handover, prior to making your last payments.
We use the Australian Guide to Standards and Tolerances as the basis for all of our Inspections among other relevant Australian Standards and the National Construction Code.
We service the majority of Australia with key locations in metropolitan and regional areas.
1. Slab Stage
The slab stage or the base stage inspection is essential in the inspection process. Finished concrete is inspected to ensure there is an even and consistent finish. The surface should not be powdery or flakey. Levels are checked to confirm the slab has been installed within allowable deviation in the over level across the room or the entire build. The edge rebate is checked to ensure it is not “honeycombed” and there is no evidence of steel reinforcement protruding as it must have at least 40mm concrete coverage. The vapour barrier must extend past the poured concrete slab with adequate overlap left so that it extends up the side wall of the slab past the final finished ground level once the construction is completed.
2. Frame Stage
Frame stage inspections are conducted providing an independent assessment of the works to confirm they have been completed ready for stage payment. Internal checks and company appointed inspections are supported with a fresh and focussed and our review monitors the frame with respect to the approved construction methods stipulated in Australian Standard 1684.2 and the Engineers design requirements as detailed on the Approved Plans.
The installation of windows and door frames are checked at this stage. Frame positioning in relation to the supporting slab is checked with any overhanging tolerances along with load bearing timbers, lintels and orientation of Jack Studs above openings. Items such as the correct number of timber blocks and their securing method are checked along with all bracing, mechanical fasteners, tie downs and anchors.
At this stage we inspect the roofing that is installed to ensure it is complete and free of defects and damage, all flashings are installed. A visual inspection is carried out to check the installation of Flashings. Brick work is checked for correct installation. All windows and doors are installed with the correct fixings using appropriate blocks and the frame straight, plumb and true.
The installed plaster to the ceilings, wall linings and fitted cornice is checked to ensure it is installed to acceptable standards. Waterproof membrane to showers & wet areas are inspected to ensure they are correctly installed and comply with the requirements of the Building Code.
Handover Inspections require an exhaustive check of the construction. At handover inspection we check that all the work completed “in a proper and workman like manner” ensuring that the workmanship is at an industry standard. The construction of the dwelling needs to reflect the Approved Plans and we check that all components of the building comply with relevant Australian Standards and Building Codes.
Handover or Final stage inspections are also called Practical Completion Inspections (PCI) and Pre Handover Inspections. Handover inspections are generally carried out on new homes when construction of the entire home has been completed and all internal fittings, fixtures and finishes have been installed and applied inside the home compliant with the relevant building plans and specifications.