Building a brand new home can be a very exciting time in in one’s life; however it can also bring with it a lot of anxiety and stress. The most important thing is to ensure that your new home is built properly, in a timely manner and within budget. K-Spec Building Consultants can arrange with your builder (or yourself) to carry out stage by stage inspections of the property – this will give you a ‘heads up’ should there be any problems arising during the different stages of construction.
We can inspect at any stage that you request, but if you’re unsure we would recommend stage by stage inspection be carried out when the property reaches the following stages:
1. Slab / Floor
This stage includes inspection of foundations and the slab. The house siting, boundaries and setbacks are checked to ensure that they comply with building codes and regulations. Plans must be provided.
The building frame is inspected for level and straightness, the house specifications e.g. ceiling heights; room dimensions and rooflines are checked for compliance with the house plans. Frames are inspected once ‘roof is on, electrical/ plumbing roughins are complete & windows installed (before plastering/ brickwork) Plans must be provided
3. Lockup / Enclosed
At this stage of building a house the inspection covers brickwork and mortar, joint spacing, windows and flashing, roof covering, window and door frames, and second fix timber.
This inspection covers the final fit-out where all internal architraves, skirting, doors, cupboards and detailed joinery installed. Plasterboard finished, sanded and cornices fixed. Exterior down pipes fitted and penetrations complete. Decks and landings complete.
5. Practical Completion Stage – 1st Handover Inspection
A thorough inspection of the entire property and provides a comprehensive Builders Defects Omissions/ List for rectification to the builder/ developer.
5. Followup – 2nd Handover Inspection
A final inspection conducted to ensure that the builder has made the rectification noted on the 1st Practical Completion list in a timely manner.
Each report covers:
- Safety hazards
- Suspected Non-Compliance
- Substandard Workmanship
- Photographic evidence
- Incomplete Works
- If requested and if a copy of the contract is provided it can also include suspected Non-Compliant Contract and Specifications. Please note that the additional time and requirements to go through a building contract may incur an additional charge so will only be done upon specific request.
Difference between a building inspector and a certifier.
A building certifier is licensed by the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) to approve structures and conduct inspections against the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the Queensland Development Code (QDC) and the Building Act 1975 (BA). This is to ensure minimum standards of health and safety, amenity and environmental issues are obtained. A building certifier does not inspect workmanship. A building inspector inspects quality of workmanship, safety hazards, building defects, building omissions.