Building a new home is a daunting task and without building stage inspections you are vulnerable and will have to rely heavily on professional help to end up with a defect free home.
Most new homeowners have little, if any, building knowledge and rely upon the builder and contractors to complete the building work to an acceptable standard.
This potentially disadvantages home owners because they have to rely on just the advice of the builder, even if they suspect something is not right. That’s why independent building stage inspections are so important.
Getting a new building stage inspection will help you:
- put an expert in your corner
- manage your relationship with your builder
- ensure you get what you have paid for
- ensure defects are not concealed or explained to you as – “something that is acceptable.”
- save time, money and stress, giving you peace of mind, which is priceless!
What you get with our New Home Building Stage Inspections
A comprehensive report, emailed to you within 24 hours covering:
- Safety hazards
- Non-compliance with building standards
- Substandard workmanship
- Incomplete works
- Suspected non-compliance with contracts and specifications.
The images below expose some of the hidden substandard workmanship we found when clients asked to have their property checked.
|Obviously defective brickwork, passed off as acceptable by the Site Supervisor.|
|Holes cut through joists were not needed and were left as it sits for plasterboard to cover it.
A weak point like this in the middle of the floor cold collapse.
|Drilling screws and joining steels with green timber.
NCC states one requirement is protection from corrosion.
(Treated timber , green timber and other timber capable of retaining moisture.)
When should you engage a Building Inspector?
You can engage us at any time during the construction.
However, most people engage us when construction begins so that we do inspections at all stages of the build.
Or, some people choose to have us attend the site only if they have concerns or only at the final handover, prior to making their last payments.
We use the Australian Guide to Standards and Tolerances as the basis for all of our inspections, among other relevant Australian Standards and the National Construction Code.
Building stage inspections for renovating or extensions
You may not be undertaking a complete new home build, but the cost for some renovations and extensions can be just as high and in some instances the work is in fact more complex as you integrate the new with the old structure.
Getting a renovation inspection report will help you:
- Plan your renovation.
- Prepare scopes of work and consider tenders from subcontractors.
- Monitor the builder or subcontractors work to check for substandard workmanship, incomplete works or suspected non-compliance.
- Approve payments to contractors, if required.
Stage inspections by a qualified and experienced builder inspector help you in your relationship with your builder, heading off arguments about costs and inclusions.
When to engage a Building Inspector for your renovation
You can engage us from the start and we can help you to prepare thorough scopes of works and agreements with your subcontracted trades or builder.
Alternatively, we can conduct an inspection prior to any agreed staged payments to ensure all works to date are complete and to the appropriate standard.
How much does a Building Stage Inspection cost?
$399-$599 per stage depending on the property.
Call us today to arrange your building stage inspections.