Independent Building Inspections

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Houspect Inspections

Building a new house is undoubtedly a huge financial undertaking. It’s a commitment not for the faint hearted, and such a significant investment requires a close check on the works carried out to ensure they are built to your specifications and in accordance to relevant building codes and Australian standards.

We all hope for a faultless construction but the reality is even the best builders make mistakes and it can be daunting and overwhelming to deal with the builder to address these issues. Most of us also have little to no building background so may not be able to recognise poor workmanship and inadequate materials.

Metricon use a private certifier to conduct inspections throughout the build. To err on the side of caution, we also decided to engage an independent inspector to provide advice on the standard of work being carried out at critical stages and to identify defective workmanship or incomplete works. The cost of a stage inspection range from as little as $300 up to $700. After recommendation from fellow builders, we hired Houspect to carry out 4 standard construction inspections as outlined below.

Houspect Construction Inspections

Houspect Construction Inspections

Inspector Tim was assigned to our job and I met him on site for the slab down inspection. I had a million questions not only about the quality of the slab but also about the building process in general and he patiently answered and explained in layman’s terms. Thumbs up!

We received his report within 24 hours of the inspection and overall he found the site to be generally tidy and he rated the workmanship satisfactory.

  • The concrete slab showed no signs of shrinkage and the plastic membrane was present around the perimeter of the slab
  • The waterproof membrane was in place and appeared to be acceptable
  • Plumbing wastes appeared to be installed correctly and in the correct place
  • Geotech material was in place along the lower side of the property

Well done Metricon, you passed the slab stage! Now onto frames…

8 thoughts on “Independent Building Inspections

    • Sheilzy says:

      No we’re doing the 4 recommended inspection stages. I told the SS that we are doing the independent inspections and he didn’t have an issue about it at all.

    • Sheilzy says:

      It was a no brainer for us to use an expert inspector given hubby and I are not only complete amateurs in the construction game but both of us are also time poor. As much as we’d like to be doing daily site visits, reality is we are just super busy😢

  1. laurencornes says:

    Oh wow. Something I didn’t even really think about but could be quite worthwhile. We are keeping a close eye on our build as our site manager seems to be mostly absent and as nice as our earthworks guy is, he seems to be making it up as he goes along. The other half is a bit worried.

  2. Elaine says:

    Hi Sheilzy,

    Was your site supervisor present at the inspection with yourself and the private inspector? If not, did you have to get permission from M for you to inspect your site with your private inspector?

    Thanks.

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