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New Home Final Handover

Houspect provides professional Handover Inspections and reports for home owners and investors in the Northern Territory.

Building a new home is a complex process and a handover inspection is very important to help ensure that everything has been completed to an acceptable standard before you move into your new home.

A handover inspection is a very detailed inspection conducted once your builder has completed the construction process and after a final clean has been completed.

It is important to pay particular attention to the handover inspection report, as this is the last opportunity to check that the workmanship of your new home has been completed to an acceptable standard prior to you moving in. It’s much easier to have any problems or imperfections identified in the handover inspection report rectified before moving into your new home.

Many areas of the Northern Territory have special building requirements for cyclone zones and it is important these are checked for conformance to building codes.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Handover Inspection report is a comprehensive and independent document completed in accordance with Australian Standards.

Our Handover Inspection report describes the final condition of the completed construction work and details of the final finishes. The report will describe any defects and problems in easy to understand language and, where appropriate, has supporting information and photographs.

Houspect Building Inspectors use a detailed handover inspection checklist to help identify whether the construction and workmanship on your project has been completed in accordance with the National Construction Code, applicable Australian Standards and acceptable standards of workmanship.

The report can be used in discussions with your builder to help ensure they rectify any issues before occupancy. Often our clients simply hand the report to their builder, who then use it to help complete any rectification works.
If a dispute arises with the builder, the Houspect Handover Inspection Report can be used in the dispute resolution process.

Your report also contains a glossary of technical terms to help you understand the report.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry. Our inspectors will provide expert, independent and unbiased information on the condition of the property.

What Does Our Handover Inspection Cover?

The handover inspection report is a comprehensive and detailed report that covers the whole house, where accessible and includes items like:

  • Overall quality of the finishes, i.e. paintwork, plastering, tiling,
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Roof Cover (where possible)
  • Roof Frame, insulation and sarking
  • Brickwork and cladding
  • Walls, internal and external
  • Ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Doors and frames, internal and external
  • Windows and frames, internal and external
  • Patios, balconies and stairs
  • Cabinets and wardrobes
  • Fences and out buildings

For more information or to book a handover inspection in NT, call Houspect on 1300 258 789, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.