Handover Inspection Reports Sunshine Coast
For a new homeowner or property investor a Handover Inspection or “PCI” at Practical Completion is a most important independent building inspection to have carried out. You will have peace of mind knowing your new home has been checked for quality and finish, and that any defects have been picked up before you pay the final payment and take possession of the new home.
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports “ASBIR” provide Handover Inspection Reports to Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs.
What to look for in Your Handover Inspector
Because a new home or investment property is such a large investment you will want to look for an inspector who is highly experienced and fully qualified and licensed to conduct handover inspections. You will want an inspector who provides you with a written inspection report noting the quality and condition of all aspects of the finished property, including defects, incomplete work and other issues.
We are dedicated to delivering highest quality Handover Inspection Reports to clients building a new home or investment property in the Sunshine Coast area.
Why a Handover Inspection is so important
A Handover Inspection or Practical Completion Inspection Report “PCI” has to be the single most important independent inspection you can have carried out when you are building a new home or investment property, in order to check the quality prior to paying the final payment.
A lot of building defects and other issues are not apparent to the untrained eye so it’s important to engage the services of an experienced and licensed building inspector to conduct a quality assurance inspection on your behalf before Handover.
Any defects not identified at this stage may not be rectified by the builder and could end up being your problem later and could potentially end up costing you a lot of money!
What is a Practical Completion?
Practical Completion marks the conclusion of the long and often stressful journey of home building, and any defects not noted at this point may not be rectified by the builder later, so any problems are best picked up now to avoid disappointment and possible building disputes down the track.
At Practical Completion, which is the point when the contract works are considered to have been completed by the builder, the property should be carefully scrutinized for any issues, so that you can have the opportunity of having defects rectified, or to make specific agreements in regard to rectification, prior to settlement or paying the builder their final progress claim, and before accepting the keys and finally taking possession of your new home or investment property.
The importance of engaging a Handover Inspection Expert
Building defects and other issues that are not easily detected by the untrained eye are noted during our comprehensive Quality Assurance inspection which is conducted by a highly experienced and fully licensed and independent building expert, who will ensure that all building work is of a high standard and complies with Australian Building Codes and Standards.
Sometimes agents or property managers might offer to do the PCI on an owner’s behalf, but while agents may know a lot about real estate they are not generally qualified to carry out handover inspections, so this should only be done by a Handovers Expert. Or, some people have ‘a friend in the industry’ who offers to do the inspection for them. While this might seem a nice gesture on their behalf, it is not a wise move as it’s a huge risk because these people may not be licensed and insured, which can cause a whole host of problems for you down the track.
So it’s best to play it safe and engage the services of licensed and insured inspector such as All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports to carry out your Sunshine Coast Handover Inspection at Practical Completion!
An independent Expert looking after Your Interests
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports “ASBIR” is dedicated to delivering independent Handover Inspections Reports to new homeowners and property investors at Practical Completion that are superior in every way. .
Your inspection will be carried out by a highly experience and qualified building expert who is not only a licensed building consultant but also a licensed builder. We are here to support you throughout the whole building process by providing quality inspections and professional advice which will help you have peace of mind.
Call us on 1300 553 007 during business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm to speak to one of our friendly team.
The Expertise that Counts at Handover
Sometimes real estate agents or property managers might offer to do a PCI for a new home owner, and although they might know a lot about real estate they are most often not licensed builders or building consultants, so are not generally not qualified nor insured to carry out such building inspections services as Handovers.
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports inspectors are fully QBCC licensed builders and building consultants with many years of industry experience. Their extensive knowledge, experience and qualifications ensures expertise and professionalism in the every building inspection service we provide.
At All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports we go to great lengths to ensure that every handover inspection is carried out in a thorough, accurate and professional manner and in accordance with Australian Building Codes and Standards, so that our clients receive the the highest quality inspection and most professional Handover Inspection Report possible.
Can I attend the Handover Inspection?
As the client or property owner you are most welcome to attend the inspection with your ASBIR inspector and discuss any concerns you may have with them before or during the inspection, or if you aren’t able to attend, you may give the inspector or our office a call after the inspection to discuss the findings. You should notify the builder that you are engaging the services of an independent inspector and will require access to site for the purpose of conducting the inspection. Most builders are quite happy for this to happen and will usually provide access no problem. If your builder is reluctant or refuses to allow an independent inspection you should check your contract requirements for Practical Completion. In our experience most contracts allow for an independent inspection prior to Handover.
Comprehensive Handover Inspection Reports
Your Handover Report is a document which includes relevant photos and a summary of the inspector’s findings, namely the defects list. Defects are listed in the report under the various trades responsible for rectification. This is issued in an easy to read format which is sent to you by email by the following business day, in most cases. The list of defects is also sent to the builder for their attention and rectification. And if necessary we can also liaise with the builder on your behalf in regard to rectification of the defects or any items in dispute. If necessary your report can be used as a legal document in the unfortunate case of a building dispute.
Your property will be thoroughly inspected inside and out for defective workmanship and any incomplete work. All building work and materials used are assessed to ensure they are of the highest quality, and that everything complies with Australian Building Codes and Standards. See what we check…
Building Stage Inspections during construction
We also recommend having building stage inspections done at various stages throughout construction i.e. slab stage, frame stage, enclosed stage, pre-paint stage. This way any problems can be picked up during the building process and rectified before the build progresses to the next stage.
The friendly team at All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports are here to support you every step of the way during the building process by providing quality inspections and professional reports, and expert advice that will help you make informed decisions and give you peace of mind.
We achieve an End Product of Exceptional Quality
Our handover inspection methods are far superior to that of other handovers companies in that we inspect many extra things that others don’t i.e. the external roof system including gutters , the site including fences, retaining walls, landscaping and site drainage. We also inspect the complete interior including the ceiling cavity, and we check the floor tiles with a special tool to detect any cracked or drummy tiles.
We work with buyers, sellers, agents, property marketers, property managers and builders alike, to achieve an end product of exceptional quality and finish!
We take our work seriously and pride ourselves on our customer service and our ability to achieve an end product of exceptional quality and finish for our clients. We go the extra mile to ensure your experience is a good one and try to ensure all our clients are satisfied with our service.
You can read what our clients have said about ASBIR on the Testimonials Page of our website.
Other Inspection Services we offer for New Homes
The post-construction inspections we conduct include; Contract Inclusion Checks, Six (6) Month Maintenance or End of Warranty Inspections, Annual Property Maintenance Inspections, Annual Termite Inspections, and Building Defect Reports or Expert Witness Reports for building disputes. See below for more information about these inspections;
- Contract Inclusions Checks– At the time of the Pre-Handover Inspection ASBIR can also carry out a check of the contract specifications and inclusions list to determine if all items e.g. appliances, fixtures & fittings etc. are correct according to the contract. This would be particularly important if you live interstate or overseas and are not able to view the property yourself. You will appreciate knowing that the inclusions you have signed for in the contract is what has actually been installed. Differences between the contract inclusions and what is actually provided will also be noted in the Report, so that any discrepancies or omissions can be addressed prior to the final progress payment being paid.
- Re-inspections or Final Handover Inspections– After the Pre-Handover Inspection (PCI) we can carry out a re-inspection or 2nd inspection if required, to check that the defects noted on the Handover Report (PCI) have been rectified.
- Six (6) Month Maintenance or End of Warranty Inspections– Prior to the expiry of the statutory Defects Liability Period we will conduct a Maintenance Inspection and provide you with a written Report noting any defects and omissions which have become apparent during the Defects Liability Period, or may not have been rectified at Handover or settlement. Things like cracking to plaster cornices or doors that do not close properly are just a few things that are quite common. You are entitled to have any issues which are considered the builders responsibility rectified within specific time frames and in accordance with builders warranties.
- Building Defect Reports or Expert Witness Reports– If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a building dispute in regard to any building defects or contractual issues you or your Solicitor may request us to conduct an inspection of any items in dispute, in accordance with relevant Australian Building Codes and Standards, and provide a written Report which you can provide to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), formally QBSA, or the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), or other relevant authority, and if required we can attend an adjudication or court hearing as an Expert Witness.
- Annual Termite Inspections– During construction a termite barrier should be installed in all new buildings. You should receive detailed information from your builder at Handover regarding the termite protection or treatment used. A yearly inspection of the property should be done to protect your property from termite infestation and timber pest damage. ASBIR conduct Termite Inspections or Timber Pest Inspections annually to the complete exterior and interior of your property, in accordance with Australian Standards AS4349.3. We will provide you with written Report and recommendations for protecting your property. You should have a Termite Inspection done annually otherwise the Six (6) Structural Warranty may be affected.
ASBIR is there looking after Your Interests
When building a new home or investment property on Sunshine Coast it is important to have an independent building consultant, someone who is a highly experienced handovers expert inspect the property for you.
All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports are there to support you during the whole building process by providing Quality Assurance Inspections and professional advice. Our highly experienced and fully licensed building consultant will assess that building work and materials used are of a highest possible industry standard and in accordance with Australian Standards.
We work in well with buyers, sellers, agents, property marketers, property managers and builders alike, always with the interests of our clients as our first priority. Our goal is to achieve an end product for you, which is one of exceptional quality and finish!
Licensed Builders and Building Consultants
We are fully licensed and completely independent building consultants with over 40 years combined industry experience. Your Sunshine Coast Handover Inspection will be carried out by a fully qualified building inspector who is also a QBCC licensed builder. Our extensive knowledge, experience and qualifications ensures expertise and professionalism in the every building inspection service we provide.
You can have peace of mind knowing that a building expert is carrying out your handover inspection on your behalf and looking after your interests!
Our Detailed Handover Inspection Reports
At All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports we go to great lengths to ensure that every handover inspection is carried out in a thorough, accurate and professional manner in accordance with Australian Building Codes and Standards and that our clients receive a most professional and superior report.
Using the latest specialized 3D Report System technology, sound expertise, and with the use of thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters where necessary, we accurately report on any defects and incomplete work, noting in an easy to read format under the respective trades responsible for rectification, exactly what needs to be done. Your report may also contain relevant photos, as necessary to identify any significant defects.
The report is sent to the builder, and if necessary we can liaise with the builder on your behalf in relation to rectification of any defects. If you require, we can conduct a re-inspection or follow-up inspection to ensure all noted defects are rectified and everything is in good order, before you pay your final payment to the builder.
What you want in Your Handover Inspector
You want someone who is thorough in searching for defects in all accessible areas of the property, including the site, fencing and landscaping, the complete exterior and external roof system including the gutters and downpipes. The report should include a summary of the defects as well as recommendations for rectification by the various trades who are responsible for the defective workmanship.
You will want an inspector carrying out your handover inspection or PCI, who inspects the complete property including the external roof system and gutters, the complete internal area including the roof cavity, the presence of services and installations such as air-conditioning, fans, lights, appliances etc.
You will also want your fixtures and fittings inspected such as; kitchen cupboards, sinks, vanity units, laundry cabinetry, taps, baths, showers, tapware, toilets and tiling etc.
Our handover inspection methods are superior because we inspect a lot of extra things other handover companies don’t, e.g. the external roof system, the site including fences, retaining walls, landscaping and site drainage.
We inspect the complete interior of the property, including the ceiling cavity. We also check the floor tiles with a special tool to detect any cracked or drummy tiles
Other New Home Building Inspections by ASBIR
We also offer various building inspection services for new homes during construction including; Building Stage Inspections e.g. Base or Slab Stage Inspections, Frame Stage Inspections, Enclosed or Lock-up Stage Inspections and Fixing Stage or Pre-paint Inspections.
At Practical Completion we conduct Pre-Handover Inspections or PCI, Final Handover Inspections and pre-settlement building and pest inspections.
The post-construction inspections we offer include; Contract Inclusion Checks, Six (6) Month Maintenance or End of Builders Warranty Inspections, Annual Property Maintenance Inspections, Annual Termite Inspections, and Building Defects Reports or Expert Witness Reports in the case of building disputes.
Finding the Best Inspector to Conduct Your Sunshine Coast Handover
When looking for a building inspector to conduct your Sunshine Coast handover inspection in Brisbane you need to look at the type of service they provide. You need a reputable and professional building inspection company who genuinely wants to help you with this most important step in the home building process, the handover of your new home or investment property!.
What our Customers have said about ASBIR
When booking your Sunshine Coast Handover Inspection or Practical Completion Report “PCI” it is important that you feel confident about your choice of inspector. What better recommendation can you have than from other people who have used All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports “ASBIR” Building Inspection Services?
Here are a few of the many Client Testimonials
“We have been very impressed with how thorough your team has been. Even the most minute fault has been picked up and rectified. Although we live interstate and cannot actually view the faults and what you allocated to be fixed, the timely fashion in which you have let us know all outcomes has been greatly appreciated. We can only trust that all items have been completed to a high standard. We would not hesitate to recommend your company. Thank you!” Mark and Caroline J.
“It was greatly comforting to us to have All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports inspecting our duplex once it was near completion. They picked up quite a few problems that require actioning. They came again to make sure everything they had listed was dealt with. We will definitely use them again!” Linda D.
“Thank you very much! Overall we have been extremely happy with All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports’ service. If we ever purchase another property in QLD we will use your company again.” Sandra F.