Building Stage, Pre-Handover & Warranty Inspections

Building Stage, Pre-Handover & Warranty Inspections

SERVICE OVERVIEW

When building a new home, inspections at the different construction stages and at pre-handover, will ensure that you get what you’ve paid for.

Don’t rely on the builder for the quality check of your new home, let our expert and independent licensed Master Inspectors do this for you, for peace of mind!

Stage Inspections

We recommend that Stage Inspections be conducted during the construction process, before the pre-handover inspection. 

  1. Stage 1 – at slab completion
  2. Stage 2 – at completion of 1st fix
  3. Stage 3 – at completion of 2nd fix

We believe that 2 or 3 Stage inspections plus the handover inspection are sufficient to identify any concerns.

If you prefer more than 3 stage inspections, we would be more than happy to conduct as many as you want for you.

Pre-Handover Inspection

The Pre-Handover Inspection is carried out  once the following are completed:

  • the builder advises that the construction process is complete
  • after the final clean has been undertaken
  • before the official handover with the builder takes place

Builder Warranty Inspections

We also recommend that you have 3 warranty inspections, as follows:

  • prior to the end of your building contract warranty period, which is normally between 3-6 months – ensure that you check your building contract to know the length of the builder warranty period
  • at 4 years before the 5 year warranty period expires. This will identify any defects that may have arisen due to house movement and would provide you with sufficient time to submit a claim under the warranty covered by the Building Work Contractors Act 1995 (SA) (BWCA) – this relates to  poor workmanship, poor materials, work that is dangerous and non-compliant, etc.
  • at 9 years, before the 10 year warranty expires. This will identify any defects claimable under the warranty covered by the Development Act 1993 (SA) (DA) – this relates to breaches of the Building Code that cause the building to be dangerous or non-compliant

The Builder Warranty inspections will let the inspector clarify for you whether any defects are normal maintenance or an issue that should be covered by your warranty.

Inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standards AS4349.0-2007 Inspection of Buildings Part 0: General Requirements.

Subject to safe and reasonable access, the Stage inspections will inspect and report on the following areas, ensuring they are completed as per working drawings/plan and are compliant with the Building Code:
Slab slab surface and penetrations
Framing Layout, angles, correct timbers, truss installation, flashings
Cladding Wall and roof
Services First fix plumbing and electrical
Internal Linings internal linings, waterproofing of wet areas
Carpentry door frames, architraves, skirtings
Roof roof, gutters, downpipes – slope and operation
Services Second fix plumbing and electrical

Subject to safe and reasonable access, the Pre-Handover inspection will inspect and report on the following areas, ensuring they are completed as per working drawings/plan and are compliant with the Building Code:

Building InteriorCeilings, walls, timber floors, concrete floors, timber windows, metal-framed windows, doors and frames, kitchen, bathroom, WC, ensuite, laundry, stairs, damp problems
Building ExteriorWalls, timber or steel frames and structures, chimneys, stairs, balconies, verandas, patios, decks, suspended concrete floors, balustrades
Roof ExteriorRoof, skylights, vents and flues, valleys, guttering, downpipes, eaves, fascias and barges
Roof SpaceRoof covering, roof framing, sarking, party walls, insulation
Site

Car accommodation,  garden sheds, retaining walls, paths and driveways, steps, fencing, surface water/drainage

Grade, drainage, damp courses, perimeter barriers

ServicesA visual inspection of your electrical and plumbing services

Subject to safe and reasonable access, the Builder Warranty inspection will report on the condition of each of the following areas on the date and time of inspection:

Building InteriorCeilings, walls, timber floors, concrete floors, timber windows, metal-framed windows, doors and frames, kitchen, bathroom, WC, ensuite, laundry, stairs, damp problems
Building ExteriorWalls, timber or steel frames and structures, chimneys, stairs, balconies, verandas, patios, decks, suspended concrete floors, balustrades
Roof ExteriorRoof, skylights, vents and flues, valleys, guttering, downpipes, eaves, fascias and barges
Roof SpaceRoof covering, roof framing, sarking, party walls, insulation
SiteCar accommodation,  garden sheds, retaining walls, paths and driveways, steps, fencing, surface water/drainage
ServicesA visual inspection of your electrical and plumbing services

Stage Inspections start from $347 each, Pre-Handover Inspections start from $417 each and Builder Warranty Inspections start from $377 each…please view our pricing guide for more information.

You can save with Package Deals!

Package Deal # 1: 

  • 2 Stage inspections
  • 1 Pre-Handover inspection
  • starting from $961 (save $150)

Package Deal # 2: 

  • 3 Stage inspections
  • 1 Pre-Handover inspection
  • starting from $1,258 (save $200)

Package Deal # 3: 

  • 2 Stage inspections
  • 1 Pre-Handover inspection
  • 1 Builder Warranty inspection
  • starting from $1,288 (save $200)

Package Deal # 4: 

  • 3 Stage inspections
  • 1 Pre-Handover inspection
  • 1 Builder Warranty inspection
  • starting from $1,585 (save $250)

Please feel free to contact us with any queries or to request a free no obligation quote.

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Call us on 1300 907 119 or 0426 447 458 to book your inspection or book online.

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