Newly built homes need to meet the minimum Australian building code and standards.
Buying a new home is so exciting. It’s a fresh start where you can have everything just how you want it. You can set up your kitchen the way you have always envisioned it, place those cushions just-so, put up those family photos and so on.
Finally, you can have that wall-to-ceiling window in your living room. It could also be your chance to execute all those Pinterest and Instagram screenshots of your ideal bedroom, closet, or even that minimalist home office set-up. Soon, you can finally have a home that suits your taste and lifestyle.
Of course, getting a new home means a lot of work, not just for the construction team but for you as well. It involves a lot of thinking and decision-making. For example, you need to consider the builder that you will choose. Your builder must have enough experience with the design and style that you have in mind.
On top of these considerations, you need to ensure that your home is designed and built according to Australian and industry safety standards.
But Do You Really Need a New Home Building Inspection?
While buying a pre-owned house will necessitate a home inspection, does a new home need to be inspected as well? An existing house may have undeclared problems and, as a diligent buyer, you need to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for.
But why would you need a new home inspection? It is new; therefore, there will be no problems, right? It was built with the specifications that you required, so everything should be good. A new home inspection sounds like an unnecessary waste of money. Or is it?
Building a home from scratch, you want to ensure you are getting the home-sweet-home that you have worked and strived so hard for.
Some homeowners are hands-on during construction. They are often onsite, conferring with the builder and contributing to the whole construction process. If you are this type of homeowner or property investor, you may not be worried about how your home was built. However, hiring a third party to do a home inspection will significantly benefit you and give you the peace of mind you need to be truly happy in your home.
How Can a New Home Building Inspection Help You?
So why should you hire a new home inspection service? Building a home from scratch or buying a newly constructed home does not mean that your house will be free from issues. While problems may be more obvious with pre-owned homes, such as an outdated kitchen or peeling paints, issues with newly built homes may be more subtle. Still, there could be issues that need to be addressed before occupying the new house. That is one of the reasons why you need an expert to spot these problems.
Sometimes, in their haste to start a new project, contractors may work too fast. Even if they are working to meet the requirements of the Australian building code, they may be scratching the bare minimum. Your main contractor may also be subcontracting other parts of the construction. While you may be confident with the track record of your main contractor, can you say the same with their subcontractors?
Of course, even if your builder and his team are experienced and experts, mistakes can still happen along the way. You would not want to discover issues in your new home only once you have comfortably moved in.
When Should You Schedule the Inspection of Your New Home?
You can call in your trusted new home inspectors at any time during the construction. They can conduct a mid-construction inspection and an immediate post-construction inspection.
A mid-construction home inspection is advantageous so that inspectors can spot problems that may be hidden once the home is ready for occupancy. Your inspector can check the framing including the beams, posts, and other structural components of the house.
A post-construction home inspection is the same inspection that you would have with any real estate property. This final inspection will give you the peace of mind that your new home is stable, comfortable, and safe.
Are There Any Mandatory Construction Inspections?
Aside from your new home building inspection, you may be required to have the following inspections in NSW.
- Commencement of work inspection
- Slab Inspection
- Framing Inspection
- Waterproofing Inspection
- Final Inspection.
These mandatory inspections are carried out by a building surveyor or inspector. The building surveyor must approve the work done before issuing the building permit so that construction work can go on.
However, the building surveyor will only ensure that the construction adheres to standards set by the Australian building code. They will not check the quality of the workmanship of your builder. Neither will they go beyond what is required of the Standards, such as any specific requirements that you gave.
Fortunately, your third-party new home inspector, such as Vital Inspections in Sydney, will check that your home is safe, liveable and that it meets your requirements, as well as ensuring that any cosmetic requests that you made are complied with, from using certain brands of materials to ensuring that your deck is waterproof. Your home inspector will also check your carport, fencing, paths, driveways, separate laundry room, and steps. Even the smallest chip or crack will not go unnoticed with their trained eyes.
A professional new home inspector will also be able to spot possible problems before they even manifest. He can give you expert advice on how you can take care of your home so that you can avoid any serious problems in the future.
Lastly, your new home inspector will provide you with a comprehensive report of his findings. You can use it should you have any disputes with your builder and contractor.
Contact Vital Building Inspections for your Home Inspection Needs in Sydney.
Vital Building and Pest Inspections is one of Sydney’s most trusted third-party home inspectors. Whether it’s a newly constructed home or a pre-owned property, we are the team that you need.
With almost two decades of experience in the industry, our experts spot even the most hidden of problems. You deserve only the best home. Call us now on 0401 012 074 for your enquiries or click here to request a quote, and we will contact you back as soon as we can.