When building, it is a good idea to have staged inspections performed throughout the build. This ensures that your builder adheres to building codes and standards. Thus securing a higher quality product. A comprehensive inspection performed at handover by an independent inspector is essential.
Progress Inspections for New Houses
Progress inspections are important at various stages of the build. This ensures that your builder is adhering to the building code, and that the quality of the work is of an acceptable standard. For the typical brick veneer house, three inspections are common:
- All framing complete and windows installed. This gives the inspector the best opportunity to check for any defects within the framing.
- An intermediate inspection to check roof covering, masonry walls, interior wall linings and wet-area preparation. Correct application of damp proof membranes is very important as 85% of builder call backs are due to leaks in wet areas.
- A final hand-over inspection to check all plumbing fixtures, fittings, doors and second fix carpentry, paint, paving and general finish. For the final hand-over inspection, the building supervisor responsible for the house and the client should also attend.
Quantity over Quality!
Inspex have seen an increase in new home defects over the last few years, as builders take on more work often the quality of their work is overlooked or rushed. An increase in smaller builders and developers, who aren’t always up to date with current regulations and standards is another reason defects are on the rise.
From wall frames not supported, wet areas incorrectly waterproofed, poorly laid bricks, even cracked floor tiles. See some pictures from recent progress inspections on our Facebook page