Depending on the type of building being inspected the following are checked as per:


  • Australian Standard AS4349.1 – 2007 Appendix C – Building Elements and Services
  • Australian Standard AS1684 Timber Framed Construction
  • Building Codes of Australia (BCA)
  • Building Commission Guide to Standards & Tolerances




What is inspected for at Practical Completion / Handover:


  • Building defects
  • Damage
  • Cosmetic defects
  • Quality of finish
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Presence of appliances
  • Presence of installations
  • Incomplete work
  • Safety hazards


Areas and elements inspected include:


  • Site
  • Exterior of Building
  • Roof Exterior
  • Roof Space
  • Interior of Building
  • Subfloor Space
  • Relevant Features
  • Services & Installations (presence of)




  • Surface water
  • Stormwater pits
  • Finished ground levels
  • Landscaping
  • Driveway
  • Crossover
  • Paving / pathways
  • Fences
  • Gates
  • Retaining walls
  • Termite barriers
  • Termite stickers
  • Building debris
  • Pool fencing
  • Pool gates
  • Pool surrounds
  • Sheds / outbuildings


Exterior of Building:


  • Piers / stumps
  • Brickwork
  • Render finish
  • Cladding
  • Window sills
  • Door Sills
  • Mortar joints
  • Lintels
  • Expansion joints
  • Vermin proofing
  • Weep holes
  • Penetrations
  • Dampcourse
  • Waterproofing
  • Soffits
  • Subfloors
  • Ventilation


Exterior of Building Cont.


  • Decks
  • Pergolas
  • Balconies
  • Verandahs
  • Awnings
  • Landings
  • Ballustrading
  • Stairs
  • Ramps
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Door locks
  • External painting


Interior of Building:


  • Ceilings
  • Ceiling heights
  • Cornice
  • Walls
  • Party walls
  • Wall linings
  • Wall Tiles
  • Windows
  • Window locks
  • Window sills
  • Window treatments
  • Security/Barrier Screens
  • Doors
  • Door margins
  • Door frames
  • Door handles
  • Door locks
  • Door sills
  • Architraves
  • Timber Floors
  • Carpets
  • Floor Tiles
  • Grouting to tiles
  • Skirtings
  • Cabinetry
  • Internal stairs
  • Balustrade
  • Light fittings
  • Power points

Interior of Building Cont.


  • Safety glass
  • Smoke detectors
  • Plasterwork finish
  • Paintwork finish
  • Silicone sealing


Roof Exterior:


  • Roof covering
  • Ridge
  • Hips
  • Valleys
  • Gables
  • Eaves
  • Barges
  • Fascias
  • Flashings
  • Roof penetrations
  • Guttering
  • Debris in gutters
  • Downpipes


Roof Space:


  • Ceiling cavity
  • Insulation (presence of)
  • Sarking (presence of)
  • Party Walls
  • Access Panel


Relevant Features


  • Planter Boxes
  • Garden edging
  • Rock walls
  • Steps
  • Bali Huts
  • Trellises
  • Latticework
  • Louvres
  • Barbeque
  • Cabinetry
  • Etc.


Services & Installations: (presence of)


  • Safety switch
  • Hot water unit
  • Water tank
  • Water pump
  • Air conditioning unit
  • Gas bottles
  • Clothes line
  • Letterbox
  • T.V. Antenna


Items Inspected in specific areas include:


  • Bench tops
  • Kitchen cupboards
  • Drawers
  • Pantry
  • Sink
  • Plumbing
  • Taps
  • Stove – presence of
  • Cook top – presence of
  • Oven- presence of
  • Rangehood- presence of
  • Dishwasher- presence of
  • Splashback
  • Silicone sealing



  • Garage doors
  • Finish of floor
  • Cabinetry



  • Bath
  • Showers
  • Basins
  • Vanities
  • Mirrors
  • Shower Screens
  • Toilets
  • Bidet
  • Floor wastes
  • Exhaust fans
  • Towel rails
  • Taps



  • Wardrobes
  • Drawers
  • Shelving
  • Ceiling Fans



  • Laundry Tub
  • Taps
  • Waste
  • Tiles – wall
  • Tiles – floor
  • Cabinetry
  • Bench top
  • Linen press
  • Silicone sealing



  • Wall tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Silicone sealing
  • Toilets
  • Toilet door
  • Toilet pan
  • Flange
  • Cistern
  • Silicone sealing

Below are some specific things we look for to various components of the property; 



Are door architrave mitres neat and tidy?

Have door architraves and jambs been sanded? 

Is the paintwork to doors all good?

Are margins around doors all good?

Are all screws fitted to door striker plates?

Are timbers to door striker plates cut out neatly?

Do the doors rattle in the striker plate?

Do the doors latch properly?

Is there the correct clearance under the doors?



Are window architrave mitres neat and tidy?

Are window sills installed correctly?

Are window architrave mitres neat and tidy?

Is there any damage to window framework?

Is paintwork to window sills and architraves all good?

Do the windows slide open and shut properly?

Do the window locks work?

Are there any scratches on the window glass?



Are skirtings nice and straight?

Were skirtings sanded prior to painting?

Are skirting mitres neat and tidy?

Is paintwork to skirting all good?

Are there any gaps that are not silicone sealed?



Are light swiches and power points installed level and plumb?

Are lightbulbs installed to the lights?

Do the lights work? (if power is on)

Are any light fittings damaged?

Are all appliances installed?

Are the appliances installed?

Are the appliances working? (if power is on)

Are exhaust fans installed?

Are exhaust fans working? (if power is on)

Are ceiling fans installed?

Are ceiling fans working? (if power is on)

Are window furnishings installed? (if applicable)

Are window furnishings in good order? (if installed)



 Are walls straight and plumb?

Are cornice lines nice and straight?

Are plasterboard joints neat and tidy?


Tiles & Floor Coverings 

Have floor and wall tiles been layed properly?

Is the tile grouting neat and tidy?

Are any floor tiles drummy?

Are tiles silicone sealed where required?

Have carpets been layed neatly?

Are any carpets dirty or marked?

Are any timber floors installed properly?



Is there any damage to wardrobe doors?

If the wardrobe shelving installed?

Is the wardrobe hanging rail installed?

Are the sliding wardrobe doors sliding correctly?



Does the toilet door have the required lift-off hinges?

Are lift-off hinges fitted correctly?

Is the a sufficient enough gap to lift door off hinges?

Is the toilet pan screwed down properly?

Is the toilet seat installed properly?

Is the toilet pan sealed around the base?

Are there toilet roll holders installed?



Are towel rails installed?

Are the vanities installed?

Is the tapware installed?

Are shower screens installed?

Has silicone been installed where required?



 Are the appliances installed?

Is the wall oven securely fixed in place?

Is rangehood ducted where necessary?

Is there provision made for dishwasher pipes?

 Is back of diswasher space finished correctly?

I all cabinetry in good condition?

Are all doors opening and shutting correctly?

Are all drawers sliding open and shut correctly?

Is kitchen splashback installed correctly?



Has the property had a final clean?

Have all glass windows and doors been cleaned?

Have the window and door tracks been cleaned out?

Has the concrete garage floor been cleaned?

Is the driveway concrete clean?




Is any render of good quality?

Is the brickwork layed consistently?

Are there any loose bricks?

Are the mortar beds and perps even and tidy?

Are all brick sills layed consistently?

Are all vertical articulation joints filled?

Are any fascias damaged?

Are any gutters damaged?

Are the downpipes installed correctly?

Are there any loose guttter brackets?

Are the downpipes properly connected?

Are the downpipes missing any brackets?

Is the roof properly completed?

Are there any dents or scratches in the roof sheeting?

Are the eaves lines straight?

Is the landscaping completed?

Is the fencing completed?

Is the fencing straight?

Are there any damaged timber palings?

Do the gates open and shut correctly?

Is the turf done properly?

Are the gardens completed and plants installed?

Are clotheslines installed?

Is the hot water unit installed?

Are external taps installed?

Has all building material and debris been removed from site?


And much more….. 

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