Pre Handover Inspections

The pre-handover inspection is probably the most important inspection you can do. It is the last chance to make sure that that all workmanship is up to Australian Standards. Once you have made your final payment to your builder it will most likely be much harder to get faults fixed.

The pre-handover inspection is very thorough. The purpose of the inspection is to raise any issues and defects with your builder. These issues and defects are then fixed before you settle and receive the keys to your brand new home.

We make sure we inspect every part of your new home. That’s why our pre-handover inspection will provide you with peace of mind!

A pre-handover inspection is ready to be done when all electrical and plumbing has been finished. In addition, paintwork, tiling, carpets, shower screen, ceiling insulation has been completed and appliances installed.  We will also check fences, external concrete and pavements and site drainage. If applicable, pergolas, decks, rainwater tanks, retaining walls, landscaping will also be checked. Everything will be checked against your building contract.

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Our Pre-Handover Inspection Includes:

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


  • Brickwork is level with no chips and mortar finished correctly
  • Damp proofing
  • Windows have correct clearance with brick sills
  • Doors have correct clearance and locks fitted correctly
  • Paint finish and sealant
  • Window sills are not bowing, sagging or twisting
  • Safety switch and electrical meter
  • Pest proofing
  • Hot water heater – including drainage and platform
  • Roof frame – including insulation
  • Cladding
  • Steps, staircases and balconies
  • Driveways and pathways
  • Fences
  • Pergolas and decks
  • Outbuildings
  • Letterboxes
  • Outdoor taps
  • Retaining walls
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Site drainage
  • Gutters
  • Balconies


  • Paint finish should not have runs or blemishes etc
  • Doors have correct clearance
  • Windows
  •  Walls, cornices and skirting boards straight
  • Ceilings correctly installed without visible joints
  • All ceilings for correct installation and for visible joints.
  • Kitchens cupboards, sinks, benchtops installed and not scratched
  • Check ovens and other appliances functioning
  • Check appliances are same model and colour in plan
  • Bathrooms including cupboards, sinks, toilets and shower recesses installed correctly and not scratched
  • Laundry including cupboards and sinks installed correctly and not scratched
  • All baths checked for proper support
  • All external corners for their straightness and to ensure that they are in line.
  • Tiling with grouting level with clean finish
  • Carpet correctly installed
  • Mould check
  • Smoke alarms
  • Check wiring and power points
  • Check all taps turn on and off and make sure water drains
  • Flush toilet
  • Doorbell works
  • Heating and cooling systems working
  • Insulation correctly installed in roof cavity
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The following are just some of defects we find when we do a pre-handover inspection:

Brick defects. Work not to standard.

Plastering not to standard.

Down pipe not fitted correctly.

Brick pier not plumb. Not to standard.

Moisture testing wet area.

Cracking to wood work.

With our detailed pre handover 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 $595 (inc GST) and our reports are available within 24 hours.

The other types of new home inspections we do include:

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.

Why Trust New Home Building Inspections

Phone 1800 466 424, send us a message via our contact page or send an email