Building Inspections

New Construction / Pre-Purchase Building

New construction building inspection

INVESTIGATIVE / SPECIAL PURPOSE / DEFECT INSPECTION

EXPERT WITNESS INSPECTION SERVICES

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

why inspect with us

NEW CONSTRUCTION BUILDING INSPECTIONS

why get an inspection

If you are building a house, inspections at stages during construction by an independent Licensed Builder can ensure your method of construction and workmanship meet and comply with the relevant Australian Standards, National Construction Codes and industry regulations. Independent building inspections throughout construction can be instrumental to an on time, hassle free building experience and protect your investment well into the future, beyond given warranty periods.

It is paramount you get a licensed builder to carry out these inspections. We are now amid a construction boom, in a fast paced industry unfortunately mistakes can be made and things can be missed, this can be a costly misadventure. Having a qualified professional inspect your build is a sure way to make sure you get what you are paying for and guarantee compliance. Defects can be rectified if they are found at the right time.

By engaging our services you will have an experienced, qualified and licensed Builder conduct a quality assurance inspection over your home, identifying defects, non-compliant works and unacceptable workmanship to be addressed and rectified by your builder before the next stage of construction or when you take possession.

Safeguard your investment. Inspect to be informed.

new construction stages of inspection

Dilapidation Inspection

This inspection documents the current visual structural condition of bordering properties and council assets prior to excavation and construction works being undertaken, for the purpose of comparison at a later date.

Slab Stage Inspection
This inspection takes place after your slab has been formed up and poured, prior to frame installation to ensure the dimensions are in accordance with your construction plans and that your slab has been installed to comply with Australian Standards and Tolerances.

Frame Stage Inspection
This is an inspection of your installed frame, prior to brickwork and roof coverings being installed to ensure it is compliant, complete and free from any defects.

Pre-Lining Stage Inspection
This is an inspection of your completed slab, frame, brickwork and roof as well as installed rough- ins for electrical and plumbing to ensure all work is compliant and acceptable prior to the installation of internal linings.

Waterproofing Stage Inspection
This is an inspection of completed waterproofing to wet areas to identify any defects or damage and to ensure compliance with Australian Standard AS 3740-2010 Waterproofing of domestic wet areas. 

Practical Completion/ Handover Stage Inspection
This is an inspection of the quality and compliance of your completed build before you take possession to ensure acceptable workmanship and identify defects to be addressed by your Builder prior to Handover.

Warranty/ 90 Day Maintenance Inspection
This is an inspection of your build during  maintenance and statutory warranty periods as outlined in The Home Building Act 1989 to identify any defective or unacceptable building works prior to the expiry of your Building Warranty.

Defects: Defects are categorised into the following areas.
  • Damage: visual disruption resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness.
  • Distortion, Warping, Twisting: a change in a shape of an image resulting from imperfections.
  • Water Penetration: the egress or entry of forms of water and dampness.
  • Material Deterioration: alteration of the product’s original intended finish.
  • Operational: fit for proper functioning and /or ready for use.
  • Installations & Appearance: inappropriate fitting and finish of a product’s intended use.
  • Incomplete Works: works that need to be completed prior to the next stage.
  • Safety: risk of injury, danger or loss.
  • Defective Works: marked by subnormal structure or function and a general word for a kind of imperfection.
  • Non- Compliant Works: works that are to be completed as per relevant Australian Standards and or Codes.
  • Inconsistent Works: items not the same throughout and having self-contradictory and conflicting elements.
WHAT OUR INSPECTION PROCESS INVOLVES
  • A client briefing, where you can discuss any issues or concerns.
  • We liaise with your Building Supervisor to arrange the inspection.
  • An on site thorough inspection, carried out by a licensed Builder.
  • An in-depth inspection report in accordance with Australian Standards (AS 4349.0- 2007  Inspection of buildings) with photos, descriptions and reference to Australian Standards, National Construction Codes and Manufacturer’s Installation Specifications.
  • This report is to be forwarded to your Supervisor to have identified items addressed.
  • Ongoing support is provided throughout the process.

INVESTIGATIVE / SPECIAL PURPOSE / DEFECT INSPECTIONS

Precision Builders Australia have a high success rate in pin pointing the root cause of building failure and defects

We investigate and report on water leaks, moisture penetration and building structure issues and use the latest non-invasive technology and equipment. We use infrared thermography to detect energy waste, water ingress, moisture and electrical issues by identifying variations in temperature to building elements and can provide Thermal Image Reports.

Precision Builders Australia have a high success rate in pin pointing the root cause of building failure and defects and are experienced and qualified to investigate a defect or issue of concern. In new construction we can identify and report on incomplete and defective works, unacceptable workmanship and items that do not comply with Australian Standards that can lead to losses as identified under The Home Building Act.  

expert witness services

Precision Builders Australia can provide Reports and services to assist your case.

Whether you are a Home Owner or Construction Professional and find yourself in need of expert witness services for the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) or court situations, Precision Builders Australia can provide reports and services to assist your case.

We offer Expert Witness, Conclave and Mediation Services in home building with extensive specialist knowledge in new construction and brickwork.

Court proceedings for building disputes require a qualified Building Expert that has the relevant Builders Licence and qualifications to provide a full Expert Witness Report of observations and findings of alleged defects in relation to the National Construction Code, Australian Standards and The Home Building Act. This report provides documented evidence of defects and outlines rectifications that may be required.

Reports are written in the correct submission format for litigation, NCAT or court and are a neutral independent expert view on building defects. A Scott Schedule may also be required. A Scott Schedule is a costing for rectifications that result from defects identified in the Expert Witness Report. The Expert Witness Report and Scott Schedule work together to support a case put to the Judge or Tribunal Member.

You can also engage us for Mediation and Conclave Services that can be ordered by NCAT.

A Conclave is a joint meeting between experts engaged by the applicant and respondent to discuss the issues identified in Expert Witness Reports to reduce issues to be determined at a court hearing.  This can save costs to both parties and expedite the hearing process in complex building matters.

Mediation can be a structured meeting where parties discuss ways to settle their dispute and come to a final agreement. We can help represent your case to ensure your issues are being submitted and described by a qualified professional.

We have provided many expert witness reports and services and are completely guided by the Expert Witness Code of Conduct.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspections

why get an inspection

We provide comprehensive pre-purchase building inspection services with detailed reports of findings. Arming buyers with the knowledge and evidence required to make an informed decision on the purchase of a property by supplying information on the condition and quality of the building and structural aspects of the home.

Avoid problems and extra costs later on by knowing as much as you can about the condition of a property before you buy it. This information can be used to negotiate on price if there are building repairs that are required.

Have your inspection carried out by a fully licensed builder with adequate insurance cover to ensure a professional and expert indepth inspection to identify building issues.

what our inspection process involves
  • A client briefing, where you can discuss any issues or concerns.
  • An on site thorough inspection, carried out by a fully licensed Builder.
  • An in-depth inspection report with photos and descriptions, in accordance with relevant Australian Standard (AS 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings, Part 1: Pre-Purchase Inspections). This will be emailed to you and becomes your written account of the condition of the property.
  • Ongoing support is provided throughout the process.
Defects: Defects are categorised into the following areas.
  • Damage: (visual disruption resulting in loss of value or the impairment of usefulness)
  • Distortion, warping, twisting: (a change in a shape of an image resulting from imperfections)
  • Water penetration: (the egress or entry of forms of water and dampness)
  • Material deterioration: (alteration of the products original intended finish)
  • Operational: (fit for proper functioning and /or ready for use)
  • Installations & Appearance: (inappropriate fitting and finish of a products intended use)
  • Incomplete Works: (works that need to be completed prior to the next stage)
  • Safety: (a duty to report on these issues to bring it to the attention of the homeowner)
  • Defective Works: (marked by subnormal structure or function and a general word for a kind of imperfection)
  • Non Compliant Works: (works that are to be completed as per relevant Australian Standards and or Codes)
  • Inconsistent Works: (Items not the same throughout and having self-contradictory and conflicting elements)

WHY INSPECT WITH US

Why inspect with precision builders australia

Licensed Builder

Over 25 years of Residential Construction Industry Experience

Fully insured

Experienced and qualified in conducting New Construction, Pre Purchase and Expert Witness Building Inspections

Expert in identifying defective building works

Prudent and honest approach to inspections

Professional approach to working alongside Builders to gain compliance

Latest specialised moisture detecting and thermal imaging equipment

Easy to understand, detailed Reports that are emailed the next business day

Defects directly referenced to current Australian Standards and National Construction Codes

we are fully licenced & fully insured