Handover Inspection for Apartments and Units

Houspect provides Handover Inspections and reports for Apartment and Unit owners and investors in South Australia.

Whether you have purchased off the plan or are buying a new unoccupied apartment or unit, it is without a doubt a sensible step to engage an independent building inspector to carry out an inspection on the final construction and finishes of your unit prior to you moving in.

No matter the good reputation of the commercial builder, you are primarily dependent on those who physically worked on the building and on how closely they were supervised on the job as to the condition of the final finish. Many owners and investors do not have the skills or knowledge to identify defects or poor workmanship, engaging a third party in this instance, can make the difference between loving your new home or not.

Without an independent handover inspection, you could be left having to deal with the problems and defects yourself and having to spend time and effort having them rectified whilst trying to enjoy your new home. A handover inspection provides a key opportunity to have any problems or imperfections rectified before you take possession of the property.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Handover Inspection report is an independent and unbiased document reporting on the final condition and finishes of the building.

Once the construction process is finalised and a final clean of the property completed, our experienced building inspector will examine the building and report on any defects and problems that require rectification. The report will also contain photos of notable items so that you can see what issues exist.

Houspect Building Inspectors use a detailed handover inspection checklist to help identify whether the construction and workmanship on your new unit 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 will 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.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry. Our inspectors will provide professional, expert and unbiased information on the workmanship and finishes of the building.

What Does Our Handover Inspection Cover?

The handover inspection report is a comprehensive and detailed report that covers the interior of the building and external areas where applicable and possible and includes items like:

  • Overall quality of the finishes, i.e. paintwork, plastering, tiling
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Roof cover – tiles or metal sheeting – ridges, valleys, flashings
  • Roof frame, insulation and sarking
  • Guttering and downpipes
  • Brickwork and cladding – straight, cleaned, joints, render
  • Walls, internal and external
  • Ceilings, flooring, skirtings
  • Kitchen benches, tiling, cabinetry, shelving, fittings
  • Showers, baths, vanities, WC
  • Laundry trough, benches, drainage
  • Plumbing and electrical fittings
  • 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 an apartment/unit handover inspection in SA, call Houspect on

08 8344 2590 email us at info.sa@houspect.com.au or complete our online enquiry form

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