Practical Completion inspections

Practical Completion Inspections

Practical completion inspections typically occur once the build is drawing to an end. The builder typically notifies 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. Before you move in, take a smart step and get a professional practical completion inspection done to ensure that everything is built in accordance with the plans.


Our Melbourne New Home Handover Building Inspections and Reports are here to help. The Melbourne Master Building Inspectors team takes the time to meticulously inspect your new home, from the roof to the sub-floor structure, to identify any non-compliant & substandard building work.

We understand that the construction of your dwelling is crucial, and we check that all components of the building comply with relevant Australian Standards and Building Codes.

Master Building Inspectors hold ourselves to the highest standards and ensure that the workmanship is of industry-level quality. Each Master Building Inspectors Melbourne team member takes pride in their work and are committed to delivering the best results possible.


Handover or Final Stage Inspections are also known as Practical Completion Inspections (PCI) and Pre-Handover Inspections. These inspections are a vital step in the construction process and ensure that the final product is making sure that everything is completed “in a proper and workmanlike manner.”  So, let us help you bring your dream home to life with our comprehensive New Construction Inspections.

We provide you with a comprehensive report that highlights any minor, major defects or significant issues, along with the steps to rectify them.

Call us today on 1300 852 496 to book your practical completion inspection.


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 $495. 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. Melbourne Master Building Inspectors also provides non-certification staged construction inspections.

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.


Are you planning a new construction project in Melbourne? If so, it’s important to be aware that the staged building inspection industry is currently unregulated – apart from building surveyors, there are no formal qualifications required to conduct these inspections.

This means that it’s more important than ever to do your research and choose an inspector with the right qualifications and experience for your project. At the end of the day, you want to be sure that you’re getting the best possible advice to ensure that your project is a success.

That’s why we recommend that you always ask about your inspector’s credentials and experience before engaging their services. With so many “mum and dad” inspectors operating in Melbourne who lack any real-world experience or training, it’s crucial to do your due diligence and choose a reputable and qualified inspector.

At our company, we pride ourselves on providing expert advice and guidance to our clients. We have a team of experienced and qualified inspectors who can help you navigate the complexities of the staged building inspection process, and ensure that your project meets all the necessary standards and regulations.

So if you want to ensure that your new construction project is in safe hands, contact us today at Melbourne Master Building Inspectors. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals.

  • 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 insurance.

We understand that building a house is a stressful process, which is why we offer comprehensive practical completion inspections that are easy to read, straightforward, and provide actionable recommendations for repair. Our reports are designed to give you all the information you need to about the structure & quality of finish with your new build.

And the best part? We’ll typically email your building report within 24 hours of each inspection, so you won’t be left waiting.

If you’re interested in learning more about our practical completion inspection services, don’t hesitate to contact building inspections Melbourne today on 1300 852 496. We can provide expert advice and book an inspection with just a few days’ notice, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your investment.

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