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Understanding the Nitty-Grittys of Building Inspections

When a new build project is in progress, detailed inspections are carried out at different stages during the construction. This helps ensure that the structure is being built in line with the BCA (Building Code of Australia). Even if you have a very meticulous and careful builder handling your new build project there are chances of some important aspects being overlooked. Each new home build is unique and it’s crucial to get building inspections done at each stage in order to prevent any major problem or defects from surfacing in the future. Let’s understand the nitty-grittys of building inspections.

Who conducts a building inspection?

A building surveyor will engage the services of a building inspector to sign off each and every stage of the construction and the latter will be involved in the project from start to finish. These professionals operate independently and aren’t connected to the builders. This ensures the inspections are carried out without any kind of conflict of interest.

The building inspector’s role is to make sure that the construction is in line with the building permit. They will also give direction (in writing) to make doubly sure that the builder follows all the necessary guidelines. But it isn’t the job of the building inspector to determine whether there are any deviations from the original building plans. It is not part of their job role to judge whether the builder’s craftsmanship is of a high quality.

As the owner of that property, it is your responsibility to spot discrepancies and bring them to the notice of the builder. Many property owners hire architects to handle this aspect of the job to ensure that the all the quality standards are being met and that the products and materials used as well as the workmanship is of the required standards.

You have the option to hire a specialist in the field like building consultant to manage any contractual issues that might arise; these professionals will also keep tabs on the quality aspect and highlight problems and shortcomings if and when they arise.

The checks that building inspectors carry out

The different types of inspections that the building surveyor may carry out when your new home build project is in progress include:

  • Slab and footings inspections
  • Framing and lock-up stage inspections
  • Waterproofing inspection
  • Complete practical completion stage inspection
  • Detailed fixing stage inspection

New home inspections – What’s mandatory?

In most instances, a building surveyor would have to legally sign off on these aspects of the structure:

  • Footings – Inspection of the reinforcements, boundary clearances and the excavated area before the house footings are placed.
  • Slab/base – This inspection is conducted just prior to pouring & drying of the concrete base. A floor level check, a termite treatment check etc. would be carried out.
  • Framing – The placements & dimensions of the framework will be checked to ensure it conforms to all the latest plans. The inspector will also ensure that the slab’s tie-down straps have been installed properly.
  • Waterproofing – The windows, plumbing, waterproofing, and roofing will be inspected
  • Pre/final handover – A thorough inspection will be carried out and the inspector will check off on every section of the completed structure as per the building code. The building surveyor will then issue the occupancy certificate.

All building inspections are part and parcel of the broader building process and the overall cost of these inspections is generally included in the building contract. If you want to know more about Inspect It First‘s building and pest inspection services, don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 557 047 or contact us through our contact form.

Thanks for reading,
Inspect It First Team
1300 557 047

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