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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can assist you in line with current restrictions.
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