Practical completion definition for new buildings for contracts signed after July 2015
There are hundreds of items that a good building inspector is looking for but these are just a few items for you to check when looking to purchase your property.
Recommend at least 7 working days for building and pest within the contract.
Moisture from the ground may affect the footings and encourage termites especially in the Brisbane climate.
Flooding occurred twice in this new home before completion.
The floor waste is designed to prevent accidental flooding.
Tradesman must be licensed for work valued at $3,300.00 or more
The Hot water overflow must be diverted into the stormwater system to prevent moisture at the footings of the house.
Building and pest inspectors take safety precautions by using gloves and masks to limit contact with solvents, soaps and other chemicals when inspecting properties.
As a Rule of thumb the planting distance for a tree is 1 1/2 times the height of the mature tree away from the building.
The builders left the gutters with mortar that could stop the gutters operating as designed.
The Brisbane building inspector measured the step riser height which was found to higher than the requirements and recommendations.
Hand rails are required where there is a meter or more to fall for safety
Flood affected properties rectifcation and sanitization documentation and requirements.
The front retaining wall has both step & shear cracking.
Four down pipesgoinh into one down pipe is a big ask
The wind bracing has been cut to install a sky light and may compromise the structure.
Possible electrocution if the metal down light covers sitting on the electrical cable are forced down & come into contact with a live power.
Fungal decay noted to deck timbers
A fibre cement ceiling has been installed under the deck and is water damaged.
The concrete stumps are leaning & may not be fit for purpose.
Legal ceiling height requirements for habitable and non habitable areas.
Flange seals prevent water damage to other areas
Smoke Alarm Fire Safety
Highlight openings made of glass for safety
In Brisbane Site supervisors are now required to be licensed
Unlicensed contractors requirements
Steel stump corrosion protection required
Bearer packing requirements
Deck fixing requirements
Minimizing conducive conditions with drainage and gardens.
Keep areas visually clear for termite inspections.
Termite inspection zone explanation.
Bridging the termite barrier explanation
Breaching the termite barrier explanation
Weather proofing guide.
Glass requirements if subject to human impact.
The materials used in the building must be appropriate.
The rafters of this new home had been damaged and poorly repaired.
Security Installers must be licenced.
Balustrades for retaining walls.
D.A approvals for builidng and plumbing.
Energy loss through roof and walls.
A few of the termite resistant timbers used in building.
P.C item explained.
Brisbane city council development application program.
Some suncreens contain titanium dioxide and sic oxide which can cause discolouration to roof sheeting.
Moisture is a major factor in corrosion of metal fasteners.
Cornice and joint crack causes
Halogen down light power usage.
Remember the mail box.
Building contract requirement information for Queensland
Five Star housing rating will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energex phone numbers and hours.
Dimmers may shorten compact fluorescent lamps
Fences over 2 metres require engineers design.
Trade Practices Act
Contracts are required for $3300.00 or more.
Pool fencing for Queensland
Duel flush toilest use less water than single flush.
Flood information for residential buildings.
Mortar to the brickes is fretting.
Gutters need to be kept clean of debris and leaves to function as designed.
Brick protection explanation
An apron of paving of 900mm is recommended around the building, with a fall away of 50mm in the first metre.
Paving must be no less than 100mm below brick air vents.
Hot and cold water spindles require replacement every 7 years.
Things to do to save water waste.
Our building inspectors are trained on the basis that the building report must be detailed and descriptive enough for anyone to understand.