New Building inspections for Houses, Townhouses, Apartments in Greater Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redland Bay areas
New Property Inspections Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Jimboomba, Beaudesert, Morayfield areas
New home inspections are often called certificate of practical completion, Practical completion inspection, pre - settlement inspection, final inspection, defect inspection and many other names.
This involves a walk through the new dwelling with the builder and or the supervisor, to confirm that the contract has been duly performed to the owner's satisfaction, apart from minor defects or omissions which are agreed to and listed at the time of inspection. The owner then signs a payment authority slip for the builder's final payment approval.
The definition of practical completion means the property is ready to move in to.
All contractual obligations have been completed and the trades have finished the work apart from the listed defects which are about to be handed to the builder after your professional inspection.
Any in completed items such as paving, driveways, landscaping, tanks, fences etc must all be completed before the inspection when they form part of the contract with the builder.
These items if not completed correctly may compromise the building or pest barrier, and this may affect current warranties.
Pro-Check Building Services conducts building inspections for new units, new apartments, new town houses and new houses in the Brisbane areas including Brisbane North and South Brisbane areas, Ipswich, Logan, Jimboomba and Beaudesert areas and as far as Morayfield on the North Side of Brisbane.
New Building Practical Completion - Brisbane, Redland Bay, Pimpama areas
Definition applicable to contracts entered into from 1 July 2015 is
, for a domestic building contract, means the day when the subject work is completed
(a) in compliance with the contract, including all plans and specifications for the work and all statutory requirements applying to the work; and
(b) without any defects or omissions, other than minor defects or minor omissions that will not unreasonably affect occupation; and
(c) if the building owner claims there are minor defects or minor omissions-the building contractor give the building owner a defects document for the minor defects or minor omissions.
Refer to the QBCC for further information.
Areas of Inspection
The completion of defects inspections is very different and takes into account the areas as per the Australian Standard 4349.0 - 2007. This involves the roof if accessible with a 3.6 metre ladder placed on the ground, the ceiling void. A complete internal inspection. External areas of the home and the site to 30 metres. This is a very detailed inspection and takes between 1 to 2 hours depending on the size of the home and the finish of the property. The building inspector takes photo's of defects. Some of which are included in your report and a builders list is provided to you the client.
Surprising defects that we spot
a. Gutters with mortar droppings and bricks inside which will impede water flow and could cause blocking.
b. Scratched and dented colour bond roof sheeting
c. Rust spots from angle grinding sheets or flashing
d. Improper or missing flashing to walls or parapets
e. Tiled roofs with poorly re-laid or cracked tiles after insulation has been installed by removing tiles for access (and missing tiles)
f. Loose gutter clips, and backfall, joint leaks to guttering and down pipes
g. Paint drips on roofing & poor sealing to windows on upper levels
h. Some old roof sheets used on new roof
a. Poor distribution of insulation and part of insulation left in storage bags
b. Insulation over halogen down lights
c. Broken trusses
d. Improper batten fixing to hips and valleys
e. Walls compromised by service penetrations by ducted vacuum or other penetrations
f. Down light positions compromising ceiling battens or trusses
g. Improper flashing insulation to gable ends
h. Improper manhole size and spacing
i. Leaks in the gable ends, through the flashing or the roof.
a. Screws pop in ceilings
b. Incomplete paint, drips to windows, doors and walls. Gloss banding and sheen staining. Dirt in the paint.
c. Drummy tiles and poor sealing
d. Poor service penetration to wet areas
e. Incorrect ducting to range hoods
f. Improper venting in fridge spaces
g. No fall to floor waste in wet areas
h. Window chips and cracks.
i. Incorrect installation of internal and external doors.
a. Paths incorrectly installed with back fall.
b. Termite barrier breeches
c. Weep hole compromises
d. Inadequate carport bracing and fixing
e. Timber structure compromises by gardens or ground levels
f. Pool fence safety issues
g. Decks incorrectly designed and placed
h. Water tank installation breaches and leaks
i. Builders rubbish left in sub floor areas and behind fences and walls.
j. Incomplete painting to difficult access areas
k. Inappropriate landscaping
l. Health & safety issues (chance of falling etc.