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What we check at a Handover Inspection or PCI

What we check at a Handover or Practical Completion Inspection “PCI”

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
  • Australian Standard AS3623 Domestic Metal Framing
  • 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
  • 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
  • Decks
  • Pergolas
  • Balconies
  • Verandahs
  • Awnings
  • Landings
  • Ballustrading
  • Stairs
  • Ramps
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Door locks
  • External painting
  • 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
  • Safety glass
  • Smoke detectors
  • Plasterwork finish
  • Paintwork finish
  • Silicone sealing
  • Roof covering
  • Ridge
  • Hips
  • Valleys
  • Gables
  • Eaves
  • Barges
  • Fascias
  • Flashings
  • Roof penetrations
  • Guttering
  • Debris in gutters
  • Downpipes
  • Ceiling cavity
  • Insulation (presence of)
  • Sarking (presence of)
  • Party Walls
  • Access Panel
  • Planter Boxes
  • Garden edging
  • Rock walls
  • Steps
  • Bali Huts
  • Trellises
  • Latticework
  • Louvres
  • Barbeque
  • Cabinetry
  • Etc.

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

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

  • Internal
  • External
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Skirtings
  • Electrical
  • Plasterwork
  • Tiles & Floor Coverings
  • Wardrobes
  • Toilets
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Cleaning

Doors

  • 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?

Windows

  • 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?

Skirtings

  • 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?

Electrical

  • 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)

Plasterwork

  • 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?

Wardrobes

  • 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?

Toilets

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Are towel rails installed?
  • Are the vanities installed?
  • Is the tapware installed?
  • Are shower screens installed?
  • Has silicone been installed where required?

Kitchen

  • 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?
  • Is 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?

Cleaning

  • 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?
  • Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

  • 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?

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