Expanding Our Services to Include Maintenance Inspections
Building a new home can be an exciting yet hectic experience, with a myriad steps and decisions to make. It’s important to keep a close check on the construction work through every stage to make sure the project is on track. Engaging the services of an independent property inspector who has experience in building, can be invaluable.
SPI Property Inspections provides a series of independent building inspections covering the key stages of a new house construction, including base stage, frame stage, lockup/ pre-plaster, fixing stage and final handover (PCI).
Due to demand, we have now included a new inspection in the range of New Home Construction Inspections – Maintenance Reports.
During the 3 months maintenance period, a builder must fix any additional defects that may arise. Whilst most problems are detected during the building process, some minor defects become more evident once the house has been lived in for a while. For example, this may include doors or windows that do not close properly, movement or creaking in floors or cracking of cornice. Evidently, there are general wear and tear items that will naturally deteriorate over time once you’ve settled in to your new home. These may include paint peeling, marks and chips on walls or grout cracking. It is the responsibility of the house owner to maintain the house to prevent any further deterioration.
However, it’s important to know that as a new home owner, you are entitled to have any defects rectified if they are considered to be the builder’s responsibility, taking into account any warranty given by manufacturers. If your maintenance period expires, all repair costs will fall to your responsibility, not your builders. For this reason, we recommend that you check your contract for the timing on your maintenance period to ensure that you don’t miss out on this opportunity to identify and resolve any reasonable defects.
Subsequently, a Maintenance inspection covers all the items in a Final Handover (PCI) inspection, looking for any potential long-term defects. Before the inspection takes place, our clients are also encouraged to let their Inspector know of any particular concerns they have with the house.
For all clients who have undertaken a PCI inspection with us, we can arrange to carry out a Maintenance inspection within your time period. We can also deliver Maintenance inspections for any client, regardless of whether we have done any prior stage inspections for them.
Please contact SPI Property Inspections for further information on Maintenance inspections on 1300 721 032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.