There are several key special inspections. They are usually required when the building owner is having trouble with someone else. This can be when there is trouble, or when they expecting trouble, or they are trying to avoid trouble.
This inspection is usually about documenting what is there, or, what has been missed out that should have been put there.
In a home that has just been built it is not uncommon to get a Practical Completion Inspection. This is a normal building inspection and is to pick up minor faults not finished by the builder so that the owner can move into their new home. It is good to have it done by a professional, the same as you would use a lawyer to do your conveyancing.
But what happens is that many people do not use professionals today during the construction of their homes. We advise that you engage an architect to oversee your home’s construction. Or, minimally, engage a building inspector. Today, in the age of privatization, do not expect the council to do it for you. In general terms, the builder will engage an engineer and a building certifier to help him be sure all is well. It is the responsibility of the home owner to protect their own interests. However, some will decide it is better to save money and the builder themselves. For some that try that, they run into trouble. Then at the end of the build, or after moving in, they may need a Special Inspection.
This may then need to have the inspector backtrack, and not just see the building and note its condition. It might need to have drawings reviewed, correspondence reviewed and so on, with the current building compared to what should have been contractually built. So, it may need a review of the contract documents.
Each house is different here. Each client is different. Each builder is different. The building tradespeople are all different too. So are Building Inspectors.
Often people have been to lawyers already.
Some things might be missing from the building that were in the contract. Some things might not be well built. Generally all these things need to be documented. A building inspection file needs to be made of photographs and explanations of what is there of the day of the inspection. Then that report can me made available to the builder or lawyer, and so a solution can be sought.
Generally, a Building Inspector is not a Building Surveyor. They are different. Nick is a builder and he describes it like this: You supply him the drawings and he would build it. As an inspector he will report how it should have been built. But if you want to know what standard applies, what code is broken, or applies, then you will need a Building Surveyor. Of course Nick can contact such a person. As a matter of course Building Inspector’s know and learn what code apply where, but they do not know all codes. There are many thousands of pages of Australian Building Codes and Australian Standards in use today. The Building Surveyor, who mostly works as a Building Certifier, has the job of knowing these codes and standards.
A Building Inspection may have to go to court. Nick has a history of working with lawyers in several countries. So, Nick’s reports are factual. Everything written must be able to be defended as being true. If the client wishes something included and it is on client say so, then it will be that and written as simply that.
So, if you have a building problem, let us talk about it and see what you need.
Written by Nick Broadhurst, our inspector. For more information on Nick: SEE HERE
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