New Build Site Inspections

Quality Assurance for your new home

We recommend four critical inspections throughout the construction process; each stage of the build is like a chain - if one is missed, it can be more difficult to rectify items in further stages.

The purpose of our inspections is to:

  • Check on the progress of works

  • Ensure the quality of workmanship at each stage is within tolerance

  • Ensure that the build is in accordance with your contractual documentation

  • Give peace of mind to our clients that they will receive a quality finished home

1. Pre-Pour Inspection

Ensure your foundations are right from the start

Every concrete slab is individually designed, specific to the geotechnical conditions of the site. After a soil test confirms the site conditions, this design is engineered. We check that the construction has been carried out as specified in the engineering and meets the relevant standard.

It is vital that the slab set-up be checked prior to the pouring of concrete as there is no way to know what issues exist in the structure once concrete is poured. 

This inspection is generally conducted the afternoon before the slab is scheduled for pouring the next morning and as a result, there is only a very small window of opportunity to do this inspection.

Investing in an independent inspection from the beginning highlights to your builder that you expect a quality build and can make them be extra diligent with your project.

This inspection takes approximately 2 hours, it includes:

  • Coverage around steel reinforcement

  • Waste locations

  • Incoming services in correct position

  • Waterproof membrane placement

  • Big square spot check

  • Termite protection

  • Reinforcements

  • Waffle pods

  • Pads, beams and footings

  • Materials used and correctly placed

  • Floor level

  • Set downs e.g. alfresco, garage, portico

  • Dimensions

2. Frame Inspection

check the home's structure for workmanship & compliance

The Frame Inspection is carried out after the wall and roof frame have been fully completed and approved by the independent Building Surveyor.

This inspection is to ensure the structural integrity of the frame is in accordance with your engineering drawings and relevant standards. We systematically go through the approved engineering design to ensure that the as-built structure is compliant.

Some of the more common issues we find are walls overhanging the concrete slab, roof trusses not properly supported onto walls and walls installed out of plumb (not vertical).

This inspection takes approximately 3 hours, it includes:

  • Noggins

  • Door opening sizes

  • Wall bracing

  • Top plates are straight

  • Dimensions of each room

  • Internal and external corner studs are plumb

  • Wall height

  • Use of correct timber/materials and signs of weathering

  • Truss spacings correct and trusses are vertical

  • Truss hold downs

  • Big square spot check

  • Low bearing walls and beams

3. Pre-plaster Inspection

tHE last chance to check the walls & roof frame

The Pre-plaster Inspection is carried out just before the plasterboard ceilings, walls and cornice are fixed to the frame. After the plumbers, electricians, heating, cooling and other contractors are finished with the installation of their pipe work and cabling, and after the carpenters have finished straightening the walls, hanging the external doors and fitting the shower bases and baths.

This inspection is to ensure workmanship on the finish of the job. We check that the structural integrity of the frame has not been undermined in any way since the frame was first inspected.

This inspection takes approximately 3 hours, it includes:

  • Wall and ceiling insulation properly installed

  • Windows installed as per Australian Window Association recommendations

  • Wet areas have noggins for toilet roll holder and towel rails

  • Brickwork for quality and adherence to standards

  • Check that any outstanding issues from Frame Inspection have been rectified

  • Check services have been roughed-in to correct locations

  • Wall frames are plumb, straight and square

  • Corners are straight and shot together

  • Bulkheads and cavity sliding doors

  • Cornice lines straight

4. Final Inspection

Address all defects before taking possession of your home

Final Inspections are also called Practical Completion Inspections or Handover Inspections. They are carried out when construction of the home has been completed and all internal fittings, fixtures and finishes have been installed and applied inside the home, compliant with the relevant building plans and specifications.

This is the opportunity to make your builder aware of any issues or defects you would like rectified before you settle and receive the keys to your new home.

This inspection takes 3-4 hours, it includes:

  • Floor coverings

  • All surfaces are free from visible defects

  • Kitchen, bathroom and laundry fixed cabinetry

  • Taps and waste pipes

  • Wet areas

  • Kitchen caulking and splashback sealed

  • Wall & floor tiling

  • Vanities, baths, basins

  • Electrical items

  • Services are connected

  • External brickwork

  • Cladding and render

  • Roof, fascia, gutters and eaves

  • Inside the roof space

  • Window and door frames/glazing

  • Finished ground levels around house

  • Concrete driveway and paving (if included)

  • External doors sealed

  • Internal walls, cornices and ceilings

  • Doors, architraves and skirtings

  • Painting and timber staining

Australian standards we refer to regularly:

  • Building Code of Australia

  • Victorian Building Authority's Guide to Standards & Tolerances

  • AS 4349.0-2007 - Inspection of buildings

  • AS 2870: Residential slabs & footings

  • AS 1684.4: Residential timber - framed construction

  • AS 4773.2: Masonry in small buildings

  • Specific manufacturer’s specifications