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New Construction Inspections

hia-logoWhen building a new home or renovating you need to be sure you are getting what you paid for.

We inspect new homes or renovations either during the build or at final handover so you are not left with mistakes and compromised quality.

Our inspectors are not only fully licensed, but also know about the construction process because they are;

  • qualified in Building Construction Certificate IV
  • accredited assessors
  • members of the Master Builders Association and
  • members of the Housing Industry Association

Construction Progress Inspections

It’s dangerous to wait till final inspection on a new build to assess whether there are any issues – it can be either too late or too expensive to fix.

After all, once the frames have been covered with gyprock and painted how can you be certain they were to standard?

While a certifier who is paid by the builder is meant to check council and local government regulations, they do not assess the quality, finish and professionalism of the work. And isn’t that important as well?

That’s why many of our clients get us to carry out independent progress inspections for new construction, providing a quality check and review of regulations at three key stages.

  • pre slab pour inspection;
  • frame and brickwork inspection; and
  • final handover inspection.

It means at each major stage you are on top of any issues and can have them corrected before having to pay your builder. And it keeps your builder on their toes too because they know their efforts will be assessed by a professional.
Read more about our Construction Progress Inspections, call us to arrange yours on 1300 767 741 or Send an enquiry or make a booking

Construction Progress Inspections

Surety carry out independent progress inspections for new construction at three key stages.

  • pre slab pour inspection;
  • frame and brickwork inspection; and
  • final handover inspection. 

Inspection 1 – Pre Slab Pour Inspection

Before the concrete slab is placed we ensure work has been carried out correctly. This includes:

  • plumbing and drainage points
  • vapour barriers not damaged
  • review engineering plans
  • assess slab reinforcement
  • step downs correctly located

Inspection 2 – Frame and brickwork

Whether you are building a timber, brick veneer, full brick or heavy structured home, you need to know the walls are built to an acceptable standard. This is key for durability and visual appearance. This includes:

  • tie-downs and bracing for the frame, brickwork and roof
  • termite system installed
  • correct location of wiring, plumbing and insulation
  • wall cavities cleaned out
  • quality of workmanship
  • Walls are plumb and level

Inspection 3 – Final handover report 

Once your house is complete we inspect the whole building

  • from front to back,
  • inside and out.
  • provide you with a detailed and itemised, room-by-room, defects list.
  • review your plans and inclusions list
  • review poor trade work

We are unable to take any accurate building measurements as part of our service. Therefore we recommend you engage a Surveyor at the pre pour stage to ensure accuracy within accordance of your plans.

During the third (final) inspection, we also review the inclusions list in your contract and report if there are discrepancies or missing items. We even check that all power points and electrical appliances work properly.

View a sample of our Pre-Slab report.
View a sample of our New Construction Final Handover sample report.

Call us to discuss scheduling your Construction Progress Inspection call us on 1300 767 741 or Send an enquiry or make a booking

“The inspection conducted by Surety at each stage was very thorough and the detailed reports we received assisted us in understanding the issues and communicating it to our builder so that they were rectified immediately.”

Pradeep & Sukanya – Harrison, ACT

Final Handover Inspections

Having an independent expert looking after your interests at the final handover stage of a new build or renovation is so important. Just because the house might be certified doesn’t mean its quality and finishes comply with what you have paid for.

With over 15 years experience we know exactly what to look for. You get;

  • Site visit by experienced and professional inspector; approximately 2-3 hours
  • Itemised list of building defects
  • Advise on the property having been built in accordance with building codes
  • Assessment both inside and outside
  • Audit of contract inclusions for discrepancies or omissions
  • Review of building plans
  • Inspection of all power points and electrical appliances
  • Guidance on how to address the issues with your builder

You’re almost there! Don’t let things go at this crucial final stage – remember that once you’ve paid your builder it can be very hard to have them correct any mistakes.

View our New Construction Final Handover sample report.

Call us to discuss scheduling your Final Handover Inspection on 1300 767 741 or Send an enquiry or make a booking

“The new construction handover inspection and report from Surety are definitely money well spent. We have been really impressed with Surety. Your professionalism, honesty, genuine care and dedication to customers are superb. Many thanks to Bruce.”
Zarko − ACT New Construction Client

90 Day Defect Liability Inspection

You may have missed your final handover inspection but it’s still not too late. Or you have had your final handover inspection done and now it’s time for your 90-day defect liability inspection and you prefer to have this professionally prepared by one of our team.  We can help in either instance. We can conduct a 90-day defect liability Report to have the builder come back and correct unsatisfactory defects. The builder must rectify defects that are the builder’s responsibility and which are notified to the builder during the defects liability period.

Most contracts will have a 90-day clause; however this can be dependent on your own contract. The period commences on and includes generally the date of practical completion.

Having an independent expert looking for defects that you may not have necessarily seen within the 90-days can ensure you have a comprehensive defects list for the builder. Just remember it is 90-day’s not 3 months.

This is particularly important if the property is tenanted.

With over 15 years experience we know exactly what to look for. You get;

  • Site visit by experienced and professional inspector; approximately 2-2.5 hours
  • Itemised list of building defects
  • Advise on the property having been built in accordance with building codes
  • Assessment both inside and outside
  • Guidance on how to address the issues with your builder

You have also have the opportunity in NSW and ACT to make claims for such things as:

  • non structural defects (eg leaking showers) up to 2 years later* and
  • structural defects (eg cracking) up to 6 years* later

So if you’ve settled but have some concerns, call 1300 767 741 to discuss an inspection or Send an enquiry or make a booking

“I was impressed with how promptly Surety was able to inspect our prospective home. I phoned you on Monday, you conducted the inspection on Wednesday and gave me your report on Thursday. I also appreciated your courtesy call of Wednesday afternoon to advise me of the outcome of the inspection. I would highly recommend your services.”

ACT buyer

“Bruce’s report yesterday was very positive and comforting especially as I am remote from the property.
 The owner, assures me that not a single ant escaped detection.”

Phillip Stafford-Gaffney, Sth Coast buyer

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