Why do West Australians building a new home need an Independent Practical Completion Inspection?
Generally speaking, the practical completion inspection (PCI) or handover inspection is an inspection of the construction work of your new home that is undertaken just prior to you taking back control of your property from the builder. The PCI is a reconciliation of the major construction items with a focus on the finish of key items in the construction.
At Houspect, we also offer construction stage inspections at the key stages of the construction process including: Slab Down (each level), Walls to Plate Height (each level), Roof On (each level), Lock Up and Waterproofing and PCI. Our inspectors have an extensive list of items to check at each of these construction stages. The PCI is not designed to replace the checks conducted during the various construction stage inspections, given time restrictions that often exist at many PCI’s and the fact that many of the constructed items are no longer visible at the PCI stage the ability to check an item may be severely restricted or compromised.
The types of items we inspect during our PCI include:
- Front elevation and general layout is in accordance with the plans
- Workmanship follows Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards
- Roof Cover
- Ridge cap, valleys, flashings
- Gutters, down pipes, soakwells connections
- External Walls
- Brickwork, render, cladding
- External windows and flyscreens
- External taps
- Outside areas
- External stairs
- External balconies
- External balustrades
- Garages, carports
- Patio, verandah, pergola, alfresco
- Pools, sheds
- Paving, driveway, crossover, verge
- Underfloor Structure
- Roof space
- Internal roof cover
- Party walls
- Venting to external
- Individual Room (Room by Room) Inspections
- Quality of finish
- Ceiling and cornice
- Walls and skirting
- Windows, hardware and frames
- Doors, hardware, finish
- Cabinets, closets
- Exposed brick, render, plaster, paint, cladding
- Floor cover
- Scratches to window glass, cabinet tops, mirrors, shower screens, ceramic tiles, bath, spa bath, cisterns, pans, toilet seats, cupboard doors, sinks
- Open and shut all doors and windows
- Open and shut all cabinet doors and drawers
- Drainage to basins and basin overflows and WCs
- Make sure HWS heats, run hot and cold water to all points, check water flow
- Check operation of hot plate, oven (does it turn on), rangehood (paper test on suction), air-conditioner (does it turn on, does it blow air), garage door up and down
- Any specific concerns can be reviewed and checked against plans and contract
What are the benefits of a PCI?
The goal of the PCI conducted between you, your builder’s representative and Houspect, is to conduct a review of the key construction elements of the build along with the final finishes that have been achieved. For many home owners, considerable satisfaction can be obtained through having an independent building inspector acting as their advocate, to ensure that the construction has in fact reached a stage where handover is imminent, subject to the resolution of any issues identified during the PCI inspection.
Building a new home is a complicated process and a PCI inspection is crucial to ensure that all work has been completed to an acceptable standard before you accept completion.
About your Houspect Building Inspector
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:
- Every one of our building inspectors is a WA Registered Builder in their own right. Their Builders Registration number is recorded in every report.
- Every building inspector has a minimum of 20 years direct construction industry experience.
- Our building inspectors are fully insured with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability.
- Every inspection report produced by Houspect WA is subject to a minimum of two levels of quality assurance review prior to being released.
- Our state wide clients and building inspectors are supported by a dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced customer service team based in our Balcatta operations centre.
- All calls, enquiries or bookings are addressed promptly and professionally by our customer service team during our business hours of 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
- Our building inspectors are located across the entire Perth metropolitan area and in most major regional centres in WA.
Houspect WA or its Directors maintain a number of important professional memberships including:
- Master Builders Association of WA
- Housing Industry Association
- Strata Community Association of WA
- Australian Institute of Conveyances WA
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.