Practical Completion inspections

Practical Completion Inspections

Practical completion inspections typically occur 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 within 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.

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* Incorrectly installed apron flashings                                                                          * Inadequate fall to box gutter


Prices can vary depending upon the build size, location and quality of finish. Typically though, the cost to have your new build assessed by an experienced building inspector starts at $400. Considering that client’s usually invest a minimum of several hundred thousand dollars for a newly built property, this fee is relatively small to ensure quality of work.


Master Building Inspectors Melbourne will provide a comprehensive and thorough new home practical completion building report within 24 hours of the inspection. It is imperative that we provide a fast, efficient service to ensure there is no holdup to the construction process.

The builder will require the report ASAP to start remedial works on the defects. With HIA contracts, the builder will have 10 working days to conduct repairs on all items detailed in the PCI report.

Our building inspectors inspect all accessible areas of the build: internal & external walls, roof covering, roof cavity, interior & subfloor (as required). Building materials such as render, paint, plaster, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, tiles, handles, cabinetry, benchtops, insulation & flooring are all assessed. The new home practical completion report will then be issued detailing BCA non-compliance issues along with substandard workmanship defects.

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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.


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.

We can provide advice and make the necessary arrangements to access the property with a few days’ notice.

Additional information regarding the handover process can be found by calling: 1300 852 496.