A building inspector can check properties at various stages of construction. The stages usually coincide with the builder’s progress claims. These typically include footing, frame and the final (also known as ‘Practical Completion’). The inspection verifies that the required work is of an acceptable standard and complies with the Building Code of Australia and the approved plans and specifications. These inspections can ensure that the works are progressing as required. They help to prevent or resolve disputes with the builder. The building inspector can also help to resolve construction issues and prevent delays by foreseeing problems. Inspections can be done at different stages of work. Here is a list of some of the stages which
can be inspected:
Set out, pre-slab, pad footings and piers are in place.
Steel reinforcement, termite collars, plumbing rough in and formwork has been completed.
Concrete slab has been poured and site works have begun. Foundation brick/block walls, damp proof courses, brick/block piers, perimeter termite management system, bearers and joists
(if it’s a framed floor) have been started.
Structural framing, including bracing, tie-downs and structural steel, prior to lock up are in place.
Lock up – when brickwork or external cladding and roofing is completed and ceilings and wall linings have been installed.
Waterproofing to wet areas and tiled decks and balconies has been completed.
Storm water drainage is in place before trenches are back filled, includes surface drainage and retaining wall drainage.
Internal fit-out, includes completion of woodwork and joinery. Practical completion – when the property is almost complete. There will probably be a few items, e.g. paint touch ups and
cleaning, to be completed.
Final inspection – the property should be finished with only a few very minor defects.
Defects inspection – takes place usually six months after practical completion has been reached.