Contract Review Stage 1: Review and explanation of contract terms and conditions and client/builder obligations
Stage 2: Pre-concrete slab or Base Stage
Check correct depth, dimensions of excavations also reinforcement steel & mesh, after the slab preparation has been done but just prior to the concrete being poured. This provides assurance your slab thickness, beam sizes, reinforcing mesh etc. are all as per the slab designer’s specification.
Stage 3: Frame
Wall and roof & truss frames, Structural bracing installed according building specifications & engineering plans, prior to any roof coverings, brickwork or wall cladding, in the case of a two story build we also check out 1st floor joist & beams & that the frame work is also compliant. Windows & doors & flashings installed.
Stage 4: Lock-Up
Fascia boards & guttering are installed, External brickwork or wall cladding is complete, Roof covering, Roof flashings installed, Windows & doors with all required locking devices installed, plumbing & electrical wiring rough-in completed. (Wall/ceiling insulation has not yet been installed). At this stage we are able to assess & check that the integrity of the building frame has not been compromised or damaged due to lock-up trades when installing their various bits & pieces, assess the exterior cladding quality & brickwork check wall cavities, brick ties, wall flashings, prior to plastering etc.
Stage 5: Pre-tile (WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE INSPECTION)
Waterproof membrane to all wet areas, prior to tiling. This item can potentially be a huge problem if not installed correctly
Note: Waterproofing is among the Top ten building defects.
Stage 6: Handover Stage:
Home is ready for occupation. Prior to final handover payment and prior to signing any handover documents. This is more of a visual inspection of finish quality. Defects at this stage tend to be more minor or have less dramatic consequences if not rectified, however, are still very important to achieving a quality finish and a home you can be proud of.
Stage 7: Maintenance Period
Prior to the expiry of the Maintenance or Defects Liability period. To check for any potential long term defects.