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Our new home Building Stage Inspections performed by our highly experienced team are a must for home builders venturing into the daunting and costly area of building their own home.
Building a house is no small feat – there’s a lot that can go wrong if tiny things are overlooked at any stage of the construction process, particularly early on. Over months or years, faults that may have been overlooked as insignificant during construction can wreak untold havoc on a house.
Even if your builder is diligent and careful, there’s always a chance that something crucial is not quite right. For that reason, independent building inspections are an important part of constructing a safe, and structurally sound house.
At Jeffrey Hills & Associates, we can help making building your dream home an enjoyable experience by providing:
- Various stage inspections
- A full project management service
- Peace of mind that your investment is in experienced hands
Based on our extensive experience and qualifications, we’ve broken down the building of your dream home into five common stage inspections:
A typical Floor Slab Inspection involves checking floor slab preparation before pouring on the concrete. Floor slabs are part of the lower structural building elements which often gain support from footings and foundation materials and are frequently integrated with the footings.
It is imperative that floor slab preparations are performed diligently and that they’re fully compliant with engineers’ plans and specifications. Serious errors in floor slabs can be disastrous and sometimes might not come to light until years later.
A typical Frame Inspection requires checking the structural framework of the building to inspect the standard of workmanship and level of compliance. For peace of mind, a Frame Inspection is strongly recommended and is imperative for ensuring that the building frame structure is sound and meets design requirements.
A Lock-up Inspection is generally carried out once the builder has completed the following enclosure stages:
- Fascia boards
- Roof guttering
- Roof covering
- Roof flashings
- External wall cladding including brickwork
- External windows and doors
- Plumbing rough-in wiring
The Lock-up Inspection should give the inspector an opportunity to sight and inspect wall cavities, brick ties, wall flashings, window and external door flashings, prior to internal wall covering.
Fix Out Stage
A Fixing Stage Inspection is generally carried out once the builder has reached pre-painting stage of the following:
- Wet area seal
- Internal linings
- Building cupboards
- Vanity units
- Soffit linings
- Plumbing ready for final fitting
- Drainage connections and electrical ready for final fittings
- External wall finishes
The fixing stage inspection should provide the inspector with an opportunity to sight and assess finishes prior to painting.
This inspection is very detailed and is performed once all of the ground levels have been established. A Handover Inspector or a Practical Completion is the most important independent inspection you can have on your new home or investment property. A Handover Inspection is done to check the quality prior to handing over the final payment. Any defects not picked up at this stage could end up being your problem later, so a few hundred dollars for an expert to carry out this inspection is money well spent.
With a handover inspection, the whole house is inspected from top to bottom. Your inspector will check the entire exterior and roof and conduct a room-by-room inspection of all finishes, fixtures, fittings, and appliances.
The inspector will also ensure that construction complies with the BCA, Australian Standards, your state or territory building regulations and check that everything’s been built as approved. In short, the building inspector ensures the building is technically ‘habitable’.
The Pre-Handover Inspection, by contrast, is focused on the completeness and quality of the workmanship and is concerned with the delivery of exactly what’s been agreed upon in your contract. This includes specified finishes, colours, inclusions, etc.
Once the Pre-Handover Inspection is complete, the inspector will prepare a report that should include a list of any defects and omissions or certifications you can reasonably expect the builder to provide.
This report should be available within 72 hours for the builder to review and (where necessary) rectify or argue their case about whatever has been presented. It is important to keep communication completely open with the builder at this time, including listening to any reasonable explanations about why something has been done a certain way. Your inspector may assist and advise concerning these explanations.
Generally, the builder will go through the list and rectify as necessary or address your concerns about the work that’s been done. Normally the contract will specify a time by which these fixes will be taken care of.
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