What is a PCI Inspection and Why Do I Need One?

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What is a PCI Inspection and Why Do I Need One?

A PCI – practical completion inspection (sometimes referred to as a ‘handover inspection’) – is an important part of your new build process. It takes place at the completion of your build before the final handover and provides an important opportunity for any faults and defects to be identified and rectified before you move in to your new home.

A PCI is usually conducted as the last in a series of staged inspections at critical points throughout the build process – preceded by base/steel, frame, lock-up/pre-plaster, and fixing stage inspections.

If serious defects are identified, you are entitled to request your builder to fix them, and this can be followed by a re-inspection to ensure all issues have been satisfactorily dealt with before final contract payments are made.

A comprehensive PCI inspection checks that:

  • The flooring is laid and checked
  • Fixtures and fittings are installed correctly and drawers and doors are aligned
  • All wet areas have been appropriately sealed and caulked
  • External treatments, including caulking to expansion joints, have been completed and the workmanship meets the applicable standard
  • Paint finishes meet the standards set out in the Guide to Standards and Tolerances
  • All hardware is fitted, including doors
  • All plumbing has been completed

These items should all be checked against the Guide to Standards & Tolerances 2015, referencing the relevant Australian Building Code. 

A PCI inspection report should not only identify the issue but advise the steps that need to be taken to rectify it.

Following you will find examples of issues that Home Inspection Hub inspectors have uncovered while carrying out PCI inspections for our clients. The issues are noted with visual evidence and with a detailed explanation, referencing the relevant Standard. Our inspector then advises what steps need to be taken by the builder to correct the defect.

 

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Issue: The decking is in contact with the ground. This can provide easy access for termites. This area needs to be treated to avoid termites.
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Issue: Roof space – roof insulation batts are of a good quality but have been disturbed or not installed correctly. Re-installation is required.
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Issue: There are excessive gaps between the plaster walls and wall tiles. Gaps need to be properly sealed.
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Issue: The cement sheet cladding adjacent to the gas meter does not appear to be low enough to correctly protect the framework behind. The cladding does not appear to have a starter strip or flashing that will prevent moisture entering the house and framework. The correct installation of this cladding should be followed. At a minimum, a flashing should be installed to protect the framework from moisture.
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Issue: This door requires easing to the jamb. Screws are missing from the rear external door hinges.
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Issue: Voids in this brickwork sill requires filling.
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Issue: These vanity wall tiles do not align correctly with the mirror, as the mirror has not been fitted correctly.
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Issue: Surface drainage is being directed to the wall of the house. The perimeter foundation membrane needs to be exposed and re-grading of the area completed so it slopes away from the house, to prevent any water ingress to the foundations which may compromise its structural integrity.
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Issue: The timber door frame to this laundry has been installed hard against the wall, not allowing for any future movement. Articulation joins are required to be free and continuous. This work does not conform to the Building Code.
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Issue: Roof cavity (viewed through manhole) -no sarking has been fitted to the underside of the metal roofing. It is an industry standard to fit sisalation / sarking to the underside of metal roofing as a rule to guard against condensation moisture forming, potentially causing mould and other problems. Check the specifications / inclusions, requirements in the contract for this build.

It’s important to thoroughly read and understand your building contract before signing anything or making any financial commitment.

The Home Inspection Hub conducts new home construction inspections, pre purchase house inspections, owner builder defect reports and special purpose inspections across Melbourne, Geelong and Central Victoria.

Call The Home Inspection Hub on 1300 071 283 or email info@thehomeinspectionhub.com.au to see how we can assist you in line with current restrictions.

Featured image courtesy of Freepik (author senivpetro).