NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS MELBOURNE
New Construction Melbourne. Unfortunately problems and disputes between builders and their clients is common. Building a new home can be an extremely stressful process and that is with a good builder!
Breakdown in communication is common and the need for expert, independent advice can be extremely helpful in these instances. Alternatively, keeping the builder on their toes with the knowledge that a building inspector is accessing their work is also useful!
Problems generally arise from concerns surrounding issues relating to the quality of building work, concerns about the contract, or scope of building work.
Professional, typed, photographic, clear and concise reports are provide to all Master Building Inspectors clients.
WHY DO I NEED STAGED NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS?
We highly recommend that inspections are conducted as your new build progresses through the construction process. If you need independent advice when constructing your new home, we provide inspections and reports at all the main stages.
These can occur as a one – off inspection or as a staged inspection package, which take place at the major milestone stages, to coincide with your progress payments.
WHAT'S COVERED DURING THE NEW BUILD INSPECTIONS?
A Master Building Inspector will access your build for compliance with the relevant Building Code and Australian Standards requirements.
We will also check the build for compliance with the structural engineering specifications and ensure that the workmanship is within the Victorian Guide to Standards and Tolerances guidelines.
Our inspectors work for the client, to protect their investment and provide peace of mind that the build is as per the BCA and contractual requirements.
The inspections typically occur at slab, frame, lockup & handover stages. The benefits with having an inspection at these stages, is that any defects can be more easily rectified prior to the next stage commencing.
Once the build has progressed, it can be a lot more difficult to perform remedial works on any affected materials and a lot of the structural elements can be covered up.
It also leads to a more thorough inspection process, as the building items are more accessible at these stages.
Call us for all new construction staged inspections and renovation inspections in Melbourne today.
Any major issues are referenced back to the National Construction Code ( B.C.A ), Guide To Standards & Tolerances 2015 or the relevant Australian Standard.
The 4 main building inspection stages in your new construction build to consider are:
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. These regulations are adopted into law. In the regulatory framework for building standards hierarchy, it starts with the relevant Act of Parliament, regulations made under that Act, then to the National Construction Code, to the Australian Standards and other BCA referenced documents.
The Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 states the term 'defective' as:
a) a failure to maintain a standard or quality of building work specified in the contract.
b) a breach of any warranty.
WHAT STANDARD IS THE BUILD REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED TO?
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.
NCC/BCA non-compliance issues
The build is assessed for compliance with the National Construction Code
Australian Standards non-compliance issues
Checked for compliance with the relevant Australian Standard requirements
Plans & engineering specification requirements
Checked for compliance with the approved plans
We ensure the build is finished to the required standard.
NEW CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS COMMONLY IDENTIFIED BY OUR BUILDING INSPECTORS
During the construction of a new property, Master Building Inspectors note all sorts of defects during the inspection stages.
These commonly include:
- Incorrect slab levelness and set out.
- Wall frames out of level.
- Defective brickwork – incorrect bed joint & perpend sizes, walls bowing, lintels incorrect sizes.
- Missing weep holes & cavity flashings.
- Poor installation of windows.
- Doors inadequately sealed, incorrect clearance between door & frame.
- Damage/chips & dents to external window & door frames.
- Poor application of paintwork.
- Skirting, architraves & cornice - bowed/out of alignment.
- Incorrect waterproofing to wet areas/shower recesses.
- Wall & floor tiles - grout poorly installed.
- Poorly installed ceiling insulation.
- Dents & scratches to sheet metal roofing.
- Cracked/chipped roofing tiles.
- Incorrect installation of roof flashings.
- Poor installation of door locks & latches.
ABOUT YOUR MASTER BUILDING INSPECTOR
There is currently no minimum qualification to conduct new construction staged building inspections in Melbourne, aside from building surveyors.
It is always recommended to ask the qualifications and/or experience of an inspector prior to engaging their services. Checking your building inspectors credentials is highly recommended.
Unfortunately there are many mum and dad inspectors operating in Melbourne, who have no prior experience in the building industry.
• Master Building Inspectors franchisees are all experienced builders, registered with the Victorian Building Authority.
• All inspectors are highly trained in the inspection and reporting process.
• We are members of the Housing Industry Association.
• Every MBI building inspector holds full professional indemnity & public liability insurances.
Our reports are easy to read, straight forward and provide recommendations for repair. All building reports are typically emailed with 24 hours of each building inspection.
For all your new construction staged building inspection enquiries, contact us today on 1300 852 496.
We can provide advice and make the necessary arrangements to access the property with a few days’ notice.