House Frame Inspections


A house frame inspection, as part of  a new home inspection is done when the wall and roof frames have been completed. At this stage, a Building Surveyor is appointed by your builder to do an house frame inspection. Usually a Building Surveyor takes only 10 to 20 minutes to do an inspection. This means it is quite common for major house frame defects to be missed.

That’s why we always do a thorough and independent house frame inspection. It is the only way to make sure there are no defects. This is especially true as a house frame can have many different types of defects.  Some defects are costly to fix if they are not rectified straight away.

All house frames must meet the standards set by the Australian Standard AS 1684.2-2010 – Residential Timber-Framed Construction Non-cyclonic areas.  The standard is in four parts. It covers design criteria, building practices, tie-downs, bracing and span tables for timber frames.

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There are many things we look for when we do a house frame inspection. As we have been doing new home inspections for many years, throughout Melbourne, we know what to look out for!

Our House Frame Checklist Includes:

  • Walls plumb and straight
  • Bracing on the wall frame has been done correctly
  • Frame correctly placed on slab
  • Concrete slab – especially for exposed steel as well as overhang or excessive cracking
  • If required, we test the strength of the concrete
  • Roof truss installation and bracing has been done correctly
  • Plumbing and drainage penetrations
  • Fascia and gutter (only if installed at this stage)
  • Window installation
  • Door openings
  • Termite barrier
  • Engineer’s drawings to make sure the as-built structure is compliant
  • Overall check of quality of workmanship

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The following are just some of defects we find when we do a frame inspection:

Concrete slab extension non compliant. Requires Engineer’s report.

Excessive check out to framing timber.

Concrete slab vibrates and not compacted correctly.

Checking walls with spirit level.

Top plate to wall frame not straight. This will look very bad at plaster stage if this defect wasn’t detected.

Checking walls with spirit level.

With our detailed frame inspection report you will be able to negotiate with your builder in a strong position. This will make sure that you end up with your new home being the standard you have paid for. Remember – it is much easier to get defects and faults fixed before you move in.

Our fees start at $300 (inc GST) and our reports are available within 24 hours.

The other types of new home inspections we do include:

Pre Handover Inspections

Pre Paint Inspections

Lock up Inspections

Slab Inspections

No matter what stage of build you are at for your new home, we can provide an inspection. This way you will ensure everything is being built to Australian standards. You will know what you’re buying and have peace of mind.

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