I bought my first apartment off the plan and it will settle in a few weeks. I've been told that the pre-handover building inspection will be very soon.
I've heard a couple of horror stories from people who had a lot of faults in their apartments that were hard to rectify so I want to make sure I get it thoroughly inspected.
Just wondering if some of the experts here could give me suggestions on what I should be looking for during the inspection? I think I'll be okay picking out faults in the finishing like paintwork and grout etc but obviously want to also make sure I notice anything more potentially serious like plumbing issues or anything that might crack or break over time. Thanks.
That I featured on My google community a few days ago
I would also recommend that you get full Documentation
Drawings,Specifications,Engineering Details, Compliance Certificates,etc,etc
Before you sign off/take possession
Final Builders variations should also have been submitted to the Council Building/Surveying Department and certified current.
Rule of Thumb " Compliance to the codes and standards can be certified by a Building Surveyor, If it is found to be non-compliant then it will have to be certified by an engineer as equivalent or better than what's required in Codes or Standards
Please check everything thoroughly
Thank you. Are you saying I should get a building surveyor to check the work?
I hadn't thought of getting documentation beyond the compliance certificates.
Don't the developers do all that for you? Buying off the plan you usually have a contract with the developer so you don't have to deal with the builder if there's any problems, they do.
@_Marley_You will get marketing colour renderings of the elevation of what it may look like and floor plans & 2 pages of specifications and then the salesman/investment adviser will sell you the BBQ sizzle on the balcony
then you will be asked to sign a contract to buy.. read the contracts
LOL...come in spinner BBQ for dinner
Some great tips here, @BIM_Engineer do you suggest the same for just a housebuild as well? I am assuming so from just reading through these comments here.
My own house is due for insepection in a couple of weeks and this has been helpful in what we should be looking for before they hand it over to us.
@TheFoxSaysThanks, Yes...you will need to be thorough for new houses as well, generally there is a 3 month maintenance period & 6 year structural warranty. If you require further assistance leave a PM or email, access is granted on google docs..goodluck
@_Marley & @TheFoxSays
Here is a sobering ABC Report trending on building defects
Avoid Salesman selling , BBQs on the balconies, Sizzle & Smoke
as your balcony may become structurally defective
I also discuss balcony waterproofing here