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Below is a description of each of the reports that we offer and an explanation as to what they include. If you have any questions regarding what report is best suited to your needs please feel free to contact us to discuss we are more than happy to help.

With Every Inspection you get:

  • Quality service

  • Prompt Inspection

  • The opportunity to be present at time of inspection

  • A written and photographic report of any defects found.

  • Same day delivery of your report directly to your email.

  • Access to your inspector via phone until 9pm following your inspection to answer any questions you might have.

So if you are concerned about the quality of the construction you are being provided by your builder, or just want piece of mind that your new home is being built to last, let us help.

Pre-Slab Inspection

Although it may seem a simple part of the construction of a home there is a lot of different elements that make this a critical stage of assessment. Unfortunately this is an often overlooked inspection, this is where the foundations of your house are built and modification after it is poured is extremely difficult will always be a compromise.

ems we check for when doing our Pre-Slab  inspections are:

  • Overall dimensions of the slab,

  • Vapour/termite barrier in place, (depending on treatment specified).

  • Dimensions of internal and external concrete beams,

  • Levelness of surrounding formwork.

  • Correct size, placement, lapping, tying and support of reinforcement.

  • Correct positioning of plumbing penetrations.

  • Substantial support of formwork to prevent deflection during pour.

 

Frame Inspection

A commonly requested inspection from clients and rightly so, this is the bones of your house and a critical component to get right to ensure your investment stands the test of time. There are many elements to a frame that we inspect to ensure that the remainder of the build does not suffer from the mistakes made at this stage.

  • Check dimensions of room sizes, positions of windows doors etc are correct (assuming plans provided are available).

  • Check framing members are square, plumb, walls straight etc.

  • Check framing components are the correct size and in the right places,

  • Confirm the bracing and tie down to the slab have been completed to the engineering detail.

  • We check for excessive bounce in any suspended floors

  • Although we do not certify due to not being licensed  we confirm a termite barrier (if required at this stage) has been installed

 

Pre-Lining Inspection

A last look at you frame before the Plaster goes up. at this stage we check: plumbing and electrical services are installed in the correct manner and in the correct place

 

  • Check any issues picked up in the frame inspection have been rectified.

  • Plumbing and electrical services are installed in the correct manner and in the correct place.

  • Check all framing members are still intact straight and true.

  • Check Roof Coverings for defects.

  • Check Brickwork (If Clean) for defects

  • Check Brick ties have been installed correctly.

Practical Completion Inspection

This Is our most common inspection due to people not realising the value of independent inspections until they get to this stage where they usually pretty concerned about the quality they are seeing. And although it is never too late, the rectification of defects at this stage are usually of a cosmetic level with many other items already covered up.

In contrast to this, homeowners who have engaged us from the start usually see a drastically reduced number of defects at this stage due to the Builder paying more attention to the jobs that we are inspecting.

This doesn’t go to say there wont be defects though, we are yet to inspect a property where defects weren’t identified.

We recommend this inspection is best to be completed after the builders clean has been done but before the date of actual handover. That way it gives you the chance to have items rectified without the emotional struggle of not getting your keys on the date of handover.

 

What we Look at at this inspection stage is:

  • Thorough check of all finishes and fixtures both internal and external throughout the home. Plaster finish, Carpentry and joinery items, check door operation

  • Check bathroom items function properly taps are secure, plumbing connected and functioning, shower floor flooding to check water tightness.

  • Check  Kitchen items function properly, taps are secure, plumbing connected and functioning (check hot water depending on utility status), benchtops are free from chips, cracks and Scratches etc.

  • Check Floor coverings for defects, carpet pulls, scratched timber or bamboo floors, drummy tiles, missed expansion joints poor workmanship, the list goes on,

  • Check quality and completeness of paint finish, poor coverage, chalky paint, poor plaster finish resulting in uneven surfaces etc

  • Check window glazing and frames to ensure are scratch defect free and operating correctly.

  • Final Check of Brickwork for cleanliness to make sure no damage has occurred in the acid & pressure cleaning process.

End of Defect Liability Period Inspection

This is your last chance to bring up any items with your builder that you would like rectified as part of the construction process so it is important to pay attention to the small things on this one. Items which have failed or degraded after living in your home for 90 days.

With this inspection we will sit down with you and take note of any items you have noticed and then we will do our own inspection on top of that. 

Common items we find in this type of inspection are:

What we Look at at this inspection stage is:

  • Thorough check of all finishes and fixtures both internal and external throughout the home. Plaster finish, Carpentry and joinery items, check door operation

  • Check bathroom items continue to function properly taps are still secure.

  • Moisture meter check of the adjacent walls to the shower to ensure waterproofing membrane is sound.

  • Check  Kitchen items function properly, taps are secure, plumbing connected and functioning as required

  • Check Floor coverings for advanced wear carpet pulls by doors rubbing, drummy tiles, loose or missing areas of tile grout, missed expansion joints poor workmanship, the list goes on,

  • Check quality and completeness of paint finish, poor coverage, chalky paint, poor plaster finish resulting in uneven surfaces etc

  • Check window glazing and frames to ensure they are scratch defect free and operating correctly.

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