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INSPECTION STAGES

Pre Slab Stage Inspection:

There is only ever one opportunity to complete a slab inspection, that is before the concrete is poured.

Before a slab inspection is scheduled, the vapour barrier needs to be in place with all boxing and steel reinforcement positioned.

We check that the structural engineers’ requirements are met and that all items that go into building a slab are placed in accordance with Australian Standards and Building Codes along with much more.

 

 

Frame Stage Inspection:

The Frame Inspection is quite an involved inspection that requires a strong understanding on how to interpret the structural engineer’s documentation and Australian Standard for timber framing AS1684.4.

We recommend completing this before the external walls are wrapped in sisalation paper allowing a full visual inspection.

Items looked at are:

  • Quality of finish to the concrete slab

  • Compliance with the engineers structural requirements

  • Wall bracing completed correctly

  • Roof Truss installation

 

 

Pre Plaster / Lock Up Inspection:

At this stage the builders will have claimed lock up stage or have notified you of their intention to plaster the home. Plaster can be installed prior to reaching lock up stage, this is known as ‘Reverse Building”

It is recommended this inspection is completed prior to any plaster being installed and with the following works completed:

  • Electrical rough in

  • Plumbing rough in

  • Heating and Cooling rough in

  • Internal lock up carpentry completed

  • External cladding completed (if possible otherwise checked at fixing stage)

  • Insulation installed (if possible)

Several of the above listed trades will need to make a substantial amount of cut outs and modifications to the previously approved house frame. Unfortunately, it is not mandatory for builders to have these works inspected to check if any of their works have compromised the structural integrity of the home. The most common problem we find at this stage is that a floor joist is totally hacked out to make way for either a heating duct and / or plumbing pipe. Also we find the wall bracing chopped up to suit a power point location.

 

 

 

Fixing Stage:

The fixing stage inspection is the beginning of the home stretch.

Our eye for detail comes especially into play as we begin to check the plaster, cornices and skirtings for level and straightness. Ensuring there are no excessive bows in the finished surfaces.

We also check the quality of workmanship applied to the installation of your doors, architraves and cabinetry.

There should be no floor coverings installed yet however water proofing to wet areas needs to be completed and dried so it can be checked and access to these areas is not limited.

 

Pre Hand Over / Final Inspection:

Prior to taking the keys to your new home you will be given the opportunity to inspect builders work and provide a list of defects to be repaired prior to hand over.

It is recommended this inspection be completed only when the home is 100% completed.

Please ensure the builders have spent the time to present the home in a suitable state. If on arrival we feel the home is not ready for a “Final” inspection we will need to cancel and reschedule another inspection.

When homes are presented at a good standard the inspection can take several hours to complete. The length of time required will need to be discussed when booking your inspection.

During the inspection we will inspect all internal and external accesible areas of the home.