Inspections of new construction

Why do you need independent inspections on a new house construction?

The Building Legislations in Victoria obligate the Builder and the Building Surveyor, to comply only with Minimum necessary standards of relevant Health, Safety,  Amenity and Sustainability. The core Building document – Building Code of Australia is about setting performance requirements and acceptable construction practices. Quality of finishes and excellence of workmanship are not part of any official document.

Who is then responsible for the quality in which your house is completed?

Do you think that higher build quality represents higher end value and the conversely- lower build quality represent lower end value?

The answer to the first question is –You. You are the ultimate person responsible for getting the builder to include in the contract what standard of workmanship you are paying for. The best situation will be to choose Builder who takes pride in his work and has high standards of his own. If this is not the case then you might be getting yourself in a bad predicament.

The second question must be a bit easier to answer. Badly built place will not only have cheap appeal, but will deteriorate a lot quicker and create more maintenance problems. You will not only get bad value for the money you have spent, but you will also need to spend more money in the future.

Building a house is a big task. There are thousands of pages of acts, regulation, best practices, standards and guides to follow and a lot of people to organize in the process. There is endless amount of details to consider, materials to choose from and finishes to make decisions about.

In that process a lot of people will spend many thousands of dollars in choosing a bench top they think will be durable, oven that will last forever, couch that will withstand the abuse of children, but they never even think about spending some extra money to make sure that the most important and expensive part of this whole deal-the building is being built well.

When it comes to quality of finishes or standards of workmanship most people won’t know with certainty what is acceptable and what defective. One person may have a sharper eye for detail and higher expectations than another but neither of them will know what exactly is considered to be within the standard.

If you don't have building experience, it is very likely that you will need help. Please don’t wait to the end of the process and expect some kind of miracle man to fix a badly built place. Ask for advice before you even start building to get an idea what the important things that you need to know are and what to look for.

Customer Testimonials

Ilian Selensky, Northcote Ilian Selensky, Northcote:

"We appointed Jack to inspect a townhouse we bought off the plan in Ivanhoe. Prior to that I spend days trying to do defect list myself and save some money. When I realized how many defects there are in my opinion I figured out that I might need some professional to show me what actually is considered defect and what not. What I was truly surprised by, after reading Jack’s report, was that after all that time spend I have only managed to see small surface defects and I have completely missed serious hazardous for the building defects. His report was professionally presented, very well structured and every one of the 73 pictures identifying a defect was addressed to relevant building rule. We end up pulling out of this contract when we realized how badly built this place was and how many potentially expensive faults there were.

We highly recommend Jack if you need experienced building professional for your building inspection"


Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh:

We used Building inspections Melbourne at the end of June for pre-purchase inspection for our new house. It was stress-free and pleasant experience from the first phone call to the follow up conversation after the report. The report was send to us the next morning and was easy to understand with a lot of pictures.Thank you guys, great service.


Suzan and Jake Suzan and Jake :

Hi Jack, Just quick thanks for your fantastic work with our stage inspections. It was a great help to have you on our site in the last 5 months. The builder didn’t argue any of the final defects you had in your reports and we are extremely happy with the end result. We are moving in next weekend and we are excited about it.


137B Inspection, Abbotsford 137B Inspection, Abbotsford:

" We are very happy with the services provided by T Cover. Jack is very understandable, professional and extremely helpful. When I phoned Jack, explained my urgent situation, he immediately understood.  Although he was very busy, he gave us an appointment for next day, he also sent us an example report. Jack is very punctual, he came next day as promised and completed his inspections professionally. It was amazing after few hours we received the defects report and our biggest concern has been sorted. We really appreciated and thank him for his efforts in helping us having the report quickly that help us to sort out lots our other related works. We would not hesitate to recommend Jack to anybody and we definitely will call him again if we need inspection in the future.  Thank you very much Jack.  Kind regards, Dave & Lil , Abbotsford- 8.10.15"

Frame Inspection, Alphington Frame Inspection, Alphington:

"We were impressed with Jack's advice and thoroughness; he advised on and picked up a number of important matters which kept our builder focused and gave us peace of mind. To use Jack is not a negative gesture to the builder; we cannot possibly determine defects and omissions ourselves. The old saying is that a person who represents him/herself has a fool for a client; when building a house one should  be represented in inspections and obtain an independent view which can be used to work with one's builder -  it is money well spent; instruct an inspector like Jack - Peter & Anett, Alphington. 20 Sep 2015."