In WA builders have residual responsibilities to property owners for construction defects over extended periods of time. The WA Building Commission (“Commission”) can support property owner’s progress resolution of construction defects against builders for up to six years post practical completion.
A construction defect liability inspection is designed to review the entire construction and identify any construction defects which in the normal course of events should be remediated by the builder. The inspection is undertaken by a building inspector, who is a WA Registered Builder and represents an independent review of the construction.
The construction defect liability inspections should provide the property owner with confidence that the property has been constructed as required and that any construction defects are appropriately documented so as to open discussion with the builder with an aim to having any identified items rectified.
It is important to note that as a general rule, any issue or damage to the property that can be attributed to occupancy will generally need to be excluded from defect liability inspections.
A defect liability inspection is an independent review of the entire construction post-handover and can be undertaken at any stage up to six years post practical completion. The inspection is designed to reconcile the construction items that can still be visually inspected against the approved construction plans, the Building Code of Australia, relevant Australian Standards, industry standards of acceptable workmanship and accepted industry tolerances.
The inspection will be presented in a detailed report which the property owner can provide to their builder to progress remediation of any residual construction defects.
The inspection should provide objectivity and independence to any residual items that in the normal course of events would represent a reasonable claim against the builder.
It is important to note that a defect liability report is not intended to be utilised as an independent expert report for a WA Building Commission matter.
Our goal during a defect liability inspection is to review the entire construction to the extent that the individual items can still be visually seen. As a general rule the following areas, where included within the scope of a construction contract will be reviewed:
In WA, building inspections and building inspectors are unregulated. As a consequence it is important that you have total confidence in the quality, skills, experience and professionalism of your building inspector. At Houspect WA:
Houspect WA or its Directors maintain a number of important professional memberships including:
During the 20 plus years of operating in WA, Houspect has conducted in excess of 50,000 quality building inspections.
Buy, build and invest with confidence with Houspect WA.