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New Home Construction Inspections
We offer a range of reports, available throughout the construction project of your new home.
Below is a description of what to expect from our New Home Construction Inspections, and an explanation as to what they include. If you have any questions about which report is best suited to your needs, contact us to discuss, we are more than happy to help.
With each independent building inspection you will get:
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 peace of mind that your new home is being built to last, a New Home Construction Inspection could help.
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, where the foundations of your house are built; modifications after it has been poured is extremely difficult and will always be a compromise.
Items 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
This is a commonly requested inspection from clients, and rightly so as 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 any mistakes made at this stage. They are:
Check dimensions of room sizes, positions of windows, doors etc. are correct (assuming plans provided are available)
Check framing members for 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
Check for excessive bounce in any suspended floors
Although we do not certify due to not being licensed to, we confirm if a termite barrier (if required at this stage) has been installed.for
The Pre-Lining Inspection is a last look at you frame before the plaster goes up.
At this stage we check:
- the plumbing and electrical services are installed in the correct manner and in the correct place
any issues (if) picked up in the frame inspection have been rectified
all framing members are still intact, straight and true
roof Coverings for defects.
brickwork (if clean) for defects
brick ties have been installed correctly.
Our Lock-up/waterproofing Inspection is a detailed look at you Home in its close to finish form.
At this stage we check:
- The installation of your plaster to ensure correct fixing an adherence to framework.
Acceptable Setting Standards and Finishing with defects marked onsite for repair.
Assessment of Fixout Carpentry for poor installation that will provide an unacceptable finish.
Review of your completed waterproofing to wet areas to ensure compliance with AS 3740-2010.
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.
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 won’t 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 a thorough check of:
All finishes and fixtures, both internal and external throughout the home, plaster finish; carpentry and joinery items; check door operation etc.
Bathroom items function properly; taps are secure; plumbing connected and functioning; shower floor flooding to check water tightness
Kitchen items function properly; taps are secure; plumbing connected and functioning; check hot water (depending on utility status); bench tops are free from chips, cracks and scratches etc.
Floor coverings for defects; carpet pulls; scratched timber or bamboo floors; drummy tiles; missed expansion joints; poor workmanship, etc.
Quality and completeness of paint finish; poor coverage; chalky paint; poor plaster finish resulting in uneven surfaces etc.
Window glazing and frames to ensure they are scratch and defect free, and operating correctly
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.
What we look for at this 90-day inspection stage, is:
Check 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 and defect free, and operating correctly.
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