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New Home Stages Inspection

Our inspections are conducted throughout all Australian capital cities including greater Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart Perth and Brisbane. Different building type such as house, villa, townhouse, unit, apartment building inspection are conducted by our experienced trade qualified building inspectors and surveyors.

What's are New Home Stages Inspections?

A new home stages inspection, also known as a construction or stage inspection, is an invaluable service for anyone who is looking to have a reliable and non-biased professional opinion regarding the quality and compliance to building code on their property during the building process.

Completed in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1, our experienced building inspectors will comprehensively assess all the building components, describing with photo evidence the defects and non-compliances throughout your construction. 

Stage 1: Pre-Slab Inspection

In a typical pre-slab inspection, the inspector will verify your site with the engineering plan before steel reinforcement is in place. This is the lowest bottom load component the building sits on and is inaccessible after vaper barrier and steel fabrics are placed. It is important that foundation preparations fully complies with the engineers’ plans, soil report and specifications. Serious foundation failures can have catastrophic consequences that sometimes only come to light years later.
A typical foundation inspection will shed lights on defects, deficiencies, and non-conformities, including questions related to: excavation, soil reactivity, pier dimensions, beam dimensions and plumbing service. 

 

Stage 2: Steel Slab Inspection

A typical steel slab inspection verifies the readiness of the slab skeleton before concreting. Slabs are the most important part of the lower load bearing components. It is imperative that floor slab preparations are done with caution and fully comply with structural engineers’ drawings and specifications. Serious slab failures can have catastrophic consequences that stay concealed until it is too late.
Hence a steel slab inspection is highly recommended prior to concreting to ensure the whole property is built on a solid foundation. The inspection will shed lights on deficiencies and non-compliance issues, including: moisture membranes, steel fabric, steel reinforcement dimensions and placement, support, distances from reinforcements to utility pipes, and provisions to proctect timber framing members from termites. All reinforcement should be secured and tied at the overlap and spliced connections. Note: Concrete tradies must pour concrete with caution so as not to move the reinforcement or cause concrete segregation . 

Stage 2: Frame Inspection

A typical frame inspection requires the inspector to review the building’s structural frame for standard of workmanship and compliance.
A frame inspection is highly recommended for safety reasons and is essential to ensure that the building frame structure is robust and meets design requirements.
An inspection informs you of defects, deficiencies, and problems related to non-conformities. The focal points of the inspection are the structural integrity of the structural members,  the degree of stress, the bracing against the rated local wind force, the lintel and lintel supports, the point loads and point load transfers,  the horizontal wind beams, the load connections to the roof and / or the floor membran and the anchor to the ground.

Stage 3: Lock-up Inspection

Lock-up inspections are sometimes required when the project is not going well and the work standard is questioned. This  inspection may not be required for a good performing builder, while recommended for a poor performing builder.
A typical lock-up inspection is usually performed when the builder has completed the following containment steps: facade panels, gutters, roof coverings, exterior wall cladding including masonry, exterior windows and doors, plumbing. 

Stage 4: Fixing Stage Inspection

Fixing phase inspections are sometimes required when the project is not going well and the work standard is questioned. 
A typical inspection of the fixing phase is generally carried out when the builder has reached the prepainting phase, which includes: waterproofing of wet areas, interior cladding, cornices, posts, architraves, baseboards, doors, locks, tiles, built-in cabinets, bookshelves, cabinets, sinks, vanity cabinets, feeders, sinks, resale liner, ready-to-install sanitary fixtures, drain connections, ready-to-install electricity, external wall closures. Note: If the building has a lock, the garage doors do not necessarily have to be installed at this point.
The  inspection should allow the inspector to view and evaluate the surfaces before applying paint.

Stage 5: Handover Inspection / Practical Completion

Before the builder can request or receive the contractual completion payment in accordance with the Building Act, he must ensure that: All contractual work has been completed in accordance with all laws, legal requirements, plans and specifications relevant partners. All identified or noted minor defects and omissions must be recorded on a duly signed defect document and the apartment must be reasonably suitable for living. The contractor must provide the client with test and warranty certificates, including the final certificate issued by the construction certifier.
At the time of practical completion, a defect document would have been filled out as follows:
List of minor defects and minor omissions agreed upon by both the contractor and the owner;
Indicate when the contractor will address these matters;
list of minor defects or omissions that only the owner believes exist; and
To be signed by the owner and the contractor (or only signed by the contractor if the contractor has made all reasonable efforts to obtain the owner’s signature).
The contractor is obliged to remedy non-structural defects within 12 months after completion of the apartment.
Non-structural defects or omissions discovered within the 12-month period can be reported in writing to the contractor within a reasonable period.
It is imperative that all communication is in writing, signed and dated as much as possible, and that copies of all correspondence are kept.
If contractors are not successfully addressing and addressing deficiencies, you may be able to access the local state building commission complaint process for further assistance.
Note:
Structural defects should not even enter the practical delivery / completion phase as they must be remedied before now.
Practical completion / delivery is achieved when the building under construction is basically ready for delivery, consisting of: complete electrical fixtures, complete sanitary fixtures, complete tiling, shower wall mounting, final assembly, and integrated components (towel racks , TP supports, door stops, locks, etc.), Roof insulation, interior painting, equipment and appliances, pergola, railings, exterior concrete or sidewalks, rainwater tanks, expansion of retaining walls, landscaping, irrigation of buildings, mailboxes, exterior paint, carpets, blinds, all connected and functional objects within the scope of the contractual agreement.
Only after reaching these stages is the building ready for a delivery inspection or a practical final inspection.

Lead Inspector

Mac Beshai

Ann Wang
Ann Wang
23/05/2021
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Our NBI inspector took his time to do a thorough inspection and answer all our questions afterwards. It was great value for prospective buyer like us. Have to give them 5 stars.
Lily Chammile
Lily Chammile
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We used NBI after a friend recommended them to us for our pre-sale inspection of the property and they have been fantastic. Their website was easy to use and all the information you need was laid out clearly. No hidden costs whatsoever. The inspector completed their inspection and the report came out the same day.
Davinder R
Davinder R
21/02/2021
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I had a new house stage inspections done through national building inspections and it was a great experience. They did detailed reports with photos and all the defects were masking taped so it was easy to identify and reinspect after rectification. Really professional and I would recommend them to anyone that wants a unbiased inspection report during construction.
Marco Gracie
Marco Gracie
05/12/2009
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Good service at the right price. he was very detailed and save us from buying a lemon. I would highly recommend.
Cindy Park
Cindy Park
17/8/2018
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Mac did such an outstanding job with the entire inspection. He scheduled with my agent from start to finish and come up with a detailed report. I am very happy with his work.
Dona Williams
Dona Williams
06/23/2015
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Allan is prompt, professional and he communicates well with us. He explains his findings with figures and facts that enabled us to make an informed decision.
Rand Pugh
Rand Pugh
11/12/2018
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Their followup is fantastic!
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