Handover Inspection for New Homes

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 were an important first step to ensuring you ended 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 who physically worked on your build and on how closely they were supervised on the job. Any new builds can present with poor workmanship, problems or incomplete items at the end of construction.

A Houspect Handover Inspection 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 assess your completed project.

Our qualified building inspector will report on the quality of the finishes and identify any works that are incomplete or have not been completed in accordance to Australian Standards. Any issues identified, provides your builder the opportunity to rectify the problems prior to you moving in.

Houspect is available to conduct Handover Inspections for home owners and investors in South Australia. We provide independent and expert reports for new homes or renovation projects.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Handover Inspection report will provide documentation with independent and unbiased reporting on the final condition and finishes of the completed construction work.

Our qualified 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 will describe any defects and problems in easy to understand language and will contain photos of notable items so that you can see what issues may exist.

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 uses 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 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 – 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 a 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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