Knock Down Rebuild Inspections
If you have found where you want would like to live, but can't find the house of your dreams in this area, then knocking down an existing house and rebuilding a new one can be the answer. Alternatively, you may love where you live, but not your house. In this case it may be easier to do a 'knock down rebuild' than doing an extensive renovation.
There are many advantages in doing a knock down rebuild. This includes getting a modern designed home that suits your current lifestyle. It may even be cheaper to do a knock down rebuild instead of an extensive renovation.
However, knock down rebuilds can have more challenges than a traditional new home build. This means more can go wrong. That's why it's so important to have a building inspection at each stage of the rebuild.
It is also why we always do thorough and independent knock down rebuild inspections. It is the only way to make sure there are no defects. This is especially true as some defects are costly to fix if they are not rectified straight away.
The best way to protect your investment in your knock down rebuild is to have a building inspection carried out. This will ensure that all work has been completed to an acceptable standard before you move in.
We specialise in providing knock down rebuild inspections for all major stages of your build including:
Usually an inspection is carried out when your builder is finished a major stage in building your home.
For a knock-down rebuild, the slab inspection is probably the most important of all. This is the first inspection once the original home has been knocked down and groundwork has been completed for the new build to start. It ensures that the everything is ready and the new building will be done right from the start. A house frame inspection is done when the wall and roof frames have been completed. The pre paint inspection is performed after your home has been plastered and the internal fix has been completed.
The lock up inspection is completed when your home has it's external cladding or brickwork complete. In addition, the roof covering and flashings have been installed, along with all external doors and windows. The floor should also be laid. Finally, the pre-handover inspection is done when your house is ready to move in and a final check is made to ensure everything is up to Australian standards before you make final payment to your builder.
We always use a detailed checklist. This ensures that ALL defects are identified, as well as any non compliant issues at every stage of your home build. This way you will know what you're buying. What is included in the checklist varies depending on the type of knock down rebuild inspection being undertaken.
Our Knock Down Rebuild Inspection Checklist Includes:
- Flooring - including floorboards, tiling and skirting boards
- Plasterwork, paintwork and sealants
- Ceilings - including cornice lines
- All fixtures and fittings, including staircases
- Bathrooms - including showers, bathtubs, vanities,toilets etc
- Kitchens -including benches, splashbacks, shelving, pantry etc
- Laundry - including troughs and benches
- Internal doors -including handles, locks and whether hung straight
- Roof frame - including insulation
- Brickwork and cladding
- Steps, staircases and balconies
- External doors - including handles, locks and whether hung straight
- Paintwork and sealant
- Any outbuildings
Swimming Pool Inspections
If you are building a new swimming pool or spa along with the knock Down Rebuild of your home you need to register it with your Local Council within 30 days of receiving your Occupancy Certificate or Certificate of Final Inspection. All swimming pools and spas that can hold more than 30cm of water are subject to this requirement. There are only a few exceptions to the rules. These include bird baths, fish ponds and spas in private bathrooms.
In addition, the first certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged at the same time as the application for registration.
Subsequent certificates of compliance are due every four years.