Handover Inspections

“New Homes”

Gold Coast Building Inspector Handover Inspections provide you with a detailed condition of your proposed new property before final payment is made. It is highly recommended to do a Handover Inspection, as it can be difficult to get the builder back to rectify any problems at a later date. This will give you peace of mind before handing over your final installment.

It is recommended to arrange this inspection in advance before the due handover date, this will give you the opportunity to raise any issues prior to handover.
At handover or within 6 months of the completion date, the contractor is required to correct any minor defects or minor omissions at handover.

Our highly trained building inspector is obligated to report on all aspects of the building so you have a clean handover.

Note: Be aware some builders will provide you with their own handover inspection report. This report is required to be independent of the builder (this will be a conflict of interest and most likely favour the builder with less defects identified).

If you would like a little example of what we offer in our Handover inspections then this little list will give you an idea:

    • Site gradient
    • Surface drainage
    • Termite notice & weep hole clearances
    • Internal/Exterior finishers
    • Test taps, fans, aircon, windows
    • Cracks, sealants and flashings
    • Paint & plaster finishes
    • Ventilation including subfloor ventilation
    • Cabinetry finish – for scratches and alignment

To view a complete list of what one of our Hand over Building Inspections on the Gold Coast looks like then please click here.

  • Unit/ Apartments
  • $250
  • approximately 100sq meters
  • 1 bathroom
  • Houses/Duplex
  • $300
  • up to 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Houses/Duplex
  • $360
  • up to 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms

WHAT HAPPENS ON HANDOVER DAY

You should receive the following documents:

  • Warranties for appliances installed
  • Certificates of inspections (including ‘Final Certificate’)
  • Documents issued by service provides (e.g Water, electricity, gas sewerage)
  • Termite Protection Certificate
  • Property ownership documents (solicitor)

Your Defect Repair List

All defects listed in report are to be fixed within 6 months after completion of work. Any other defects discovered after this time will need to be sent in writing to builder and other correspondences for your records.

What’s included in the building inspection?

  • External of Building
    • Walls
    • External finishes
    • Timber or steel frames and structures
    • External cladding
    • Window flashings visible, mouldings and sills
    • Stairs
    • Balconies, verandahs, patios & decks
    • Suspended-concrete floors
    • Pergolas
  • Site
    • Car accommodation
    • Detached Laundry
    • Ablution facilities
    • Garden sheds
    • Small retaining walls (non- structural)
    • Driveways
    • Paths
    • Steps
    • Fencing
    • Surface water drainage
  • Interior of Building
    • Ceilings
    • Cornice
    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Windows/child restraints
    • Doors and frames
    • Kitchen
    • Benchtop
    • Sink/taps/braided hoses
    • Laundry
    • Floor 
    • Taps, braided hoses
    • Tubs/cabinet
    • Paint finish
    • Cistern and pan
    • Bidet
    • Bathtub
    • Shower
    • Vanity
    • Washbasin
    • Ventilation
    • Smoke Detectors
  • Roof Exterior
    • Roof
    • Skylights, vents and flues
    • Valleys
    • Guttering
    • Downpipes
    • Eaves
  • Roof Space
    • Roof framing
    • Roof covering
    • Insulation
    • Sarking
    • Party walls
  • Sub-floor space
    • Bearers or joists
    • Timber framing
    • Piers/stumps
    • Dampness and damp damage
    • Drainage
    • Ventilation
    • Cracked or leaking pipes
    • Debris