0418 322 925

We are a private and independent New house and existing home pre-purchase inspection service working for you

Building Inspections for new homes

Our services

 

Our Inspection Areas : We cover all Melbourne metro, Casey, Cranbourne, Clyde, Clyde North, Pakenham, Gippsland, Mornington peninsula, Kingston, Mordialloc, Moe, Inverloch, Phillip Island, Korumburra, Ringwood, Rowville, Ferntree Gully, Doncaster, Berwick, Gembrook, Warneet, Warragul, Rosebud, Flinders, Burwood, Chirnside Park, Bundoora, City, Park Orchards, Croydon, Beaconsfield, Officer, Cardinia, Koo Wee Rup, Nyora, Wonthaggi, Sommers, Hastings, Dingley Village, Bentleigh, Hampton, Mount Waverly.

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How can we help You ?

We are a private and independent building consultants for New house and existing home pre-purchase inspections working for you the purchaser before you buy your next property.

  • We conduct independent inspections of new homes under construction though every stage including pre-contract signing, handover, slab-steel, wall and roof frame, lock-up, waterproofing, completion of the final handover inspection prior to occupancy and 3 months maintenance period
  • We also do pre-purchase residential property inspection before you buy, which includes building defect reports,
  • The Building Watchdog has over 30 years building background with technical experience
  • We are registered builders in both domestic & commercial classifications.
  • We have extensive experience dealing with a variety of building structures.
  • Experienced counts when spotting errors that may escape those new to the building industry.
  • A thorough understanding of the building commission’s guidelines, Building Codes and Australian Standards
  • we are fully Insured
  • We offer EMF Testing Reports inspections near high voltage power line towers in and around Melbourne, Gippsland and the Mornington peninsula as well.

Building inspections for new homes / How does the building stages work?

The building process can be broken down into 6 main stages, pre slab-steel inspection, wall and roof frame, lock-up, pre-tiling waterproofing, handover inspection prior to occupation and 3 month occupation maintenance period.

Contract review prior to signing contract

We can help you understand the terminology that’s used in the contract insert terms that suit your needs also insert clauses that allow you to have you own independent inspections before making payments.

The Building Stages for new built homes.

Stage 1: Pre-concrete slab or Base Stage Check correct depth, dimensions of excavations also reinforcement steel & mesh, after the slab preparation has been done                                                                       but just prior to the concrete being poured. This provides assurance your slab thickness, beam sizes, reinforcing mesh etc                                                                                are all as per the slab designers specification. Sub-floor timber framing Inspect bearers & joists, for span that the correct timber has been used & there are supports to all load bearing points                                                                                 carried by brickwork or concrete stumps prior to placement of floor sheeting. Stage 2: Frame Wall and roof frames, timber fascia boards are installed, structural bracing installed according to building specifications &                                                                                 engineering plans, prior to any roof coverings, brickwork or wall cladding. In the case of a two story build we also check out                                                                           1st floor joist & beams to ensure that the frame work is compliant. Stage 3: Lock-Up External brickwork or wall cladding is complete, roof covering & roof flashing’s installed, windows & doors installed,                                                                                         plumbing & electrical wiring rough-in completed ready for plastering (wall/ceiling insulation has not yet been installed).                                                                                 At this stage we are able to assess & check that the integrity of the building frame has not been compromised or damaged                                                                               due to lock-up trades when installing there various bits & pieces, assess the exterior cladding quality & brickwork check wall                                                                            cavities, brick ties, wall flashing’s, prior to plastering etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Note: Garage door is not part of lock-up. Stage 4: Pre-Tile (Water Proofing Membrane Inspection) Waterproof membrane to all wet areas, prior to tiling.This item can potentially be a huge problem if not installed correctly                                                                               Note: Waterproofing is among the Top Ten building defects. Stage 5: Handover Stage Home is ready for occupation prior to final handover payment and prior to signing any handover documents. This is a visual                                                                           inspection of finish quality & any defects, this is very important to achieving a quality finish and a home you can be proud of. Stage 6: 3 Months Maintenance Period After occupying your new home for 3 months, prior to the expiry of the Maintenance or Defects Liability period the builder must                                                                   fix any additional defects that may have occurred in this time & the owner must notify the builder in writing before the end of the                                                                 3 months from the date the owner takes possession of the house. We will check for any potential long term defects.

We have a full understanding of the Australian standards, Building Codes of Australia and what is required by the Building Commissions Guidelines.  We provide the highest standards of service and attention to detail. As independent inspectors.                                                                                                                               Keep in mind it’s not the price you will remember but the level of service and value for money we provide. Full insurance cover

                              For all building consultancy and inspection inquiry’s Call us on 0418322925

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