This inspection is very detailed and is performed once all of the ground levels have been established. A Handover Inspector or a Practical Completion is the most important independent inspection you can have on your new home or investment property. A Handover Inspection is done to check the quality prior to handing over the final payment. Any defects not picked up at this stage could end up being your problem later, so a few hundred dollars for an expert to carry out this inspection is money well spent.
With a Handover Inspection, the whole house is inspected from top to bottom. Your inspector will check the entire exterior and roof and conduct a room-by-room inspection of all finishes, fixtures, fittings, and appliances.
The inspector will also ensure that construction complies with the BCA, Australian Standards, your state or territory building regulations and check that everything’s been built as approved. In short, the building inspector ensures the building is technically ‘habitable’.
The Pre-Handover Inspection, by contrast, is focused on the completeness and quality of the workmanship and is concerned with the delivery of exactly what’s been agreed upon in your contract. This includes specified finishes, colours, inclusions, etc.
Once the Pre-Handover Inspection is complete, the inspector will prepare a report that should include a list of any defects and omissions or certifications you can reasonably expect the builder to provide.
This report should be available within 72 hours for the builder to review and (where necessary) rectify or argue their case about whatever has been presented. It is important to keep communication completely open with the builder at this time, including listening to any reasonable explanations about why something has been done a certain way. Your inspector may assist and advise concerning these explanations.
Generally, the builder will go through the list and rectify as necessary or address your concerns about the work that’s been done. Normally the contract will specify a time by which these fixes will be taken care of.