The handover inspection (sometimes known as the Practical Completion) is the final stage in the construction of a new home.
It will identify any building defects, things not completed properly and areas that require final finishing.
It will highlight in more detail minor defects and imperfections as well as general building defects, and poor workmanship.
This handover inspection is a thorough and detailed examination of the exterior, interior and site works of the new home.
Any defects identified and omissions found are itemised in a comprehensive written report that you can hand to the builder to remedy.
It is essential that all new home owners have this type of inspection completed to ensure all the work carried out has been completed and to the standard required.
This should be carried out prior to the final payment to the builder and will ensure the house has been built to industry standards.
The Difference Between Regulatory Final Inspections And A Handover Report
A handover inspection is different to the compulsory final inspections carried out by a council or private building surveyor. The building surveyor ensures that construction complies with the BCA, Australian Standards, the state building regulations all has been built as was approved. They ensure the building is technically ‘livable’.
By contrast, a handover inspection focuses on the completeness and quality of workmanship. It is concerned with exactly what was agreed upon in your building contract.
This includes specified finishing, colours, inclusions, etc. It also
- list the defects
- recommendations for rectification; and
The handover report is presented clearly and is sent to you by email the following business day. This gives you peace of mind knowing everything is in order before making the final payment to the builder.