Have your new home inspected at the following phases;
New Home Inspections in Melbourne by Experts
Your new home is a one of the most substantial investments you will make so it is important to protect it by ensuring that Quality, Compliance and Integrity are maintained throughout the building process. All too often builders and their subcontractors (knowingly or unknowingly) take shortcuts that threaten the quality of your home in the long term. Our highly qualified inspectors assist you to ensure that your new home is being built in accordance with Australian Standards, the National Construction Code and relevant tolerance guidelines. We inspect every detail of your home construction to ensure that your builder is not undermining the structural integrity, water-tightness, thermal comfort or the aesthetics of your new home.
Building a new home is costly, complex and stressful. Architect Inspect will assist you to navigate the process with ease, better understand the building process and ensure that your home is built to the highest quality possible. We recommend having independent inspections carried out at all stages of the construction.
Pre Concrete Slab Pour Inspection
Frame Stage Inspection
Pre Plaster/Lock Up Inspection
Fixing & Waterproofing Inspection
When plasterboard, architraves, skirting and joinery are installed, but before tiling or paving is complete, it is time to check the fixing and waterproofing to bathrooms and balconies. Our inspectors check that the waterproofing has been installed in accordance with standards (AS3740 – Waterproofing for Domestic Wet Areas and AS4654 – Waterproofing Membranes for External Above Ground Use) to protect the structure from rot, leaks and mould. At this stage we also check for plumb plasterwork, windows and door frames out of parallel, and any parts of the building envelope (brickwork or cladding) that have been completed.In the past, our inspectors have been called once waterproofing has already failed and left the owner with a rectification bill of tens of thousands of dollars. Don’t let this happen to you! An inspection by a qualified professional will greatly reduce the risks of construction mistakes.
Pre-Handover & Pre Settlement PCI Inspection
Once the builder and Building Surveyor have deemed the home Practically Complete, they will contact you to arrange a New Home Presentation (or Practical Completion Inspection). The home may not have yet been certified with it’s Certificate of Occupancy (CofO). During the PCI inspection it is your responsibility to identify defects and quality issues that need rectification before settlement. This can be difficult for homeowners without extensive knowledge of construction codes, building standards and acceptable tolerances.A qualified building inspector will assist you to ensure that quality and compliance have been maintained, and that you are getting what you paid for. Our inspectors will assist in reducing construction mistakes that could lead to costly rectification works. Our detailed and illustrated reports will highlight any poor work that may have occurred so that you get the quality that you expect from your builder. We help you keep your builder accountable and safeguard your investment.
Resources for New Home Buyers or Renovators
There are a number of free resources available to assist home buyers and renovators build or maintain a quality building. While in practice the services of a professional building inspector may still be required, the following documents can provide a useful starting point for people looking to build, buy or renovate:
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