Home build inspections are performed during various stages of the construction, starting with evaluation of land for off plan property development. This step is necessary to ensure construction and development is being carried in compliance to the state regulated codes and building standards.
Even if a developer’s extremely careful and diligent, there’s always a chance that certain things may go unnoticed. Every home build is different even if they’re being developed in the same neighbourhood and these inspections are crucial to prevent possible and major defects in future.
Who’s in charge of inspecting new home build?
Building and site surveyors mostly engage home inspectors during creation of the construction blueprint and various stages of execution. They work independently for builders thus ensuring carrying out inspections without any personal interest or conflict.
Their role is ensuring compliance to the building codes, regulation and give direction to fellow workers so that standards are properly regulated across the board. This is important with development of off-plan properties since they’re to be marketed among the mass audience.
It must be noted that home inspection unit isn’t to determine credibility and quality of builder’s workmanship or to see if someone breaches or departs from the approved plan. Depending on the expertise, you may either alert the developer about any concerns over quality that may come across or perhaps engage solo building consultant to carry on with the inspection thereby carefully checking quality and managing contractual issues (if any).
What’s to be checked?
Following types of inspections may be performed when development of new home is in the books however; these are susceptible to change per the state and even between different cities.
- Inspection of the foundation, base or footing
- Framing equipment and slabs
- Reformatory stage inspection
- Waterproofing and final inspection
- Pre-handover, repairs and fixes, practical stage completion
What’s included in mandatory inspections?
State regulations would determine the type of inspection performed for your home or off-plan properties. In general, a building evaluator is legally required to oversee the following;
- Footing, base or foundations
Close inspection of site excavation, clearance of the boundary and necessary reinforcements before laying the foundations of a home are looked upon by the evaluator(s).
Assessment is performed before the concrete base is spread and left to dry off. Particular aspects or elements of this stage include treatment of termite and floor level check so on.
- Framing equipment
Close and careful checking if the placements and dimensions of the frame are in accordance to the most recent plans while ensuring straps are being properly tied for installation of the slabs.
Inspection of essential aspects and elements critical to the roofing, plumbing, windows and waterproofing is another rising trend. It’s mandatory in some states without which further development is prohibited.
- Finale & pre-handover aspects
A thorough inspection of all the areas thus ensuring that development has indeed been performed per the state regulations and construction codes! A ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ is then issued by the building surveyor.
Inspection team; during each stage, need to check and approve the work before proceeding further so that things remain streamlined and appropriate. In case of any issues or concerns, these must be rectified as per the approved standards before issuance of the permit.
What’s the incurred cost?
Since home/building inspections are part of the entire construction and development framework, cost of mandatory inspections, essential equipment and materials are surely incorporated into the building contract.
Why ‘two’ inspections are ideal?
A new home that has just been developed may look flawless but things would come forth when it’s actually occupied by real people. New products can also be riddled with flaws that are caught only after trial; remember the explosive Samsung Galaxy Note 7!
The same is true for land and home which require proper inspection including soil test to check ground stability before laying the foundations. This is the reason second inspection is also important for absoluteness!
The above guidelines clearly explain the importance of home inspection and its basics, crucial for a stronger foundation.