New Home/Construction Code Requirements
The regulated standards for building a new residential home in Victoria are for the most part covered within the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia), which all builders are required to comply with.
Variations in Finished Materials
Disputes generally arise due to the finishes of building materials. Different opinions as to whether the colour, texture or finish to ceilings, floors and walls is considered acceptable, is quite common.
Our building inspectors are qualified to determine the acceptable level of finish. A normal viewing position must be maintained at a distance of 1.5m or 600mm for cabinetry. Certain lighting conditions when accessing defects/blemishes may also apply. A video regarding New Construction Building Inspections can be found here.
Practical Completion Inspections (PCI)
PCI typically occurs once the build is drawing to an end. The builder typically notices the client and will meet with them to discuss the handover of the newly constructed home. This usually involves walking through the property and demonstrating how the appliances, smoke alarms & warranty applies.
Unfortunately it is not in the builders best interests to thoroughly defect the home. Which is why it is highly recommended that an independent, knowledgeable inspector is appointed to conduct this inspection.
Practical completion inspections typically take 1-1.5 hours for an average 3 or 4 bedroom home. The defective areas are defined with blue painters tape to highlight the areas and a detailed report issued within 24 hours. This report will have photographs of each area of concern, list of defects noted and requirements for compliance with the standards and tolerances guidelines.
A handover inspection differs slightly from a PCI report. The handover inspection is booked after the PCI has occurred. This is to ensure all items identified at PCI have been correctly rectified.
Additional information regarding the handover process can be found at this link: Building Inspections Melbourne or by calling: 1300 852 496.
Typical Issues Identified at Practical Completion
Please note that your building surveyor will not address workmanship defects as part of their compliance/occupancy certificate process.
Enjoy the benefit of having an experienced, independent building inspector assessed your newly completed home.
Workmanship defects typically found include:
- Poorly applies paint (sags/runs/blistering/bare areas).
- Visible joint lines to wall & ceiling plasterboard.
- Slab floors exceeding the allowable tolerance for levelness.
- Misaligned cabinet doors and poorly sealed sinks.
- Poorly cleaned face brickwork.
- Incorrectly installed damp proof course.
- Timber frames and posts deviating from plane & vertical bowing.
- Poorly packed bearers between subfloor & piers or stumps.
- Distortions, staining, cracking & leaking to wall cladding
- Dents and distortions to roof cladding.
- Trusses deviating vertically by more than the allowable tolerance.
- Guttering retaining more than 10mm of water.
- Doors inadequately sealed, bowing, binding and incorrectly fitted door furniture.
- Poorly applies render/texture coat.
- Faulty installation of tiles.
- Timber floors – squeaking, springy, splitting and out of level.
- Incorrect room dimensions
- Damage to windows, doors, fixtures and fittings.
- Incorrect overhang of roof tiles & sheet roofing.