Building a new home is an exciting but potentially stressful experience. The decisions you made leading up to the commencement of your build, such as choosing a builder, the design and layout of the house, the choice of fixtures and fittings are an important first step to ensuring you end up with your dream home.
However, building a home is a complex process and problems often occur along the way. No matter the good reputation of your builder, you are primarily dependent on those physically working on your build and on how closely they are being supervised on the job.
Any new builds or renovation can present with poor workmanship, problems or incomplete items that require rectification before the next stage of your construction begins. Houspect Construction Stage Inspections allows you, the person most invested in the build both financially and emotionally, the opportunity to engage an independent third party with the experience and knowledge to assist you in ensuring your home is being built to a good standard.
Houspect in Adelaide offers a range of Construction Inspections, timed in accordance with standard construction stages:
- Slab down
- Wall and roof frames
- External walls and roof
- Internal walls, ceilings and waterproofing
- Practical completion / handover
What Does the Report Provide?
A Houspect Construction Inspection report will provide documentation on the current condition of your build, on the construction and workmanship of your project and whether it is being completed in accordance with National Construction Codes (NCC) and Australian Standards.
Our qualified building inspectors will inspect the process at each construction stage and report on any issues or defects including photos of notable items so that you can see what issues may exist. The report is designed to help you understand and communicate with your builder the problems to be rectified.
A Houspect Construction Inspection report can also be used if a dispute arises but it is designed to help avoid disputes by helping the builder address problems during the construction process.
About the Houspect Building Inspector
All Houspect Building Inspectors in South Australia are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry. Our inspectors will provide professional, independent and unbiased information on the progress and condition of the construction.
What Does a Construction Inspection Cover?
We check that all completed work is in accordance with the building plans, the NCC, applicable Australian Standards and that the workmanship is completed to a good industry standard. Our inspections can commence right from slab down stage through to final handover.
If you are near the end of your build and want expert assurance that the job has been properly completed, then a pre-handover building inspection will determine if your builder has completed your home construction and final finishes in accordance with your plans and workmanship is to standard. Any issues identified provides the builder the opportunity to rectify the problems prior to you moving in.
Typical Construction Defects Identified by Our Building Inspections
Although most builders strive to complete new home construction and renovation projects to a good standard, we do find problems with some projects.
Houspect Building Inspectors identify all sorts of defects during the construction phase of new home builds and renovations.
Typical example defects include;
- Incorrect slab dimensions and step-downs
- Defective brickwork – mortar gaps and uneven perpends and joints
- Missing/unsecured roof flashings
- Frame/brick slab overhangs
- Missing window flashings
- Wall frames not straight and plumb
- Windows not centred/wrong location
- Window gaps
- Unpainted door tops and bottoms
- Damaged sliding door and window tracks
- Missing and defective door furniture
- Defective and opaque paintwork
- Overpainting on trims and cornices
- Cornice and skirting board gaps
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets poorly installed with uneven doors and gaps