Melbourne’s Most Trusted New Home Stage Inspections

Make Your Home Purchase Stress-free

Solid Start Property Inspections specialises in residential new home inspections in Melbourne.

Your new home purchase might be the largest and most exciting decision you make. So, it makes sense for your peace of mind to have a private, independent and fully qualified building inspector do a thorough inspection on your behalf at certain stages.

We make sure your builder has completed every stage in compliance with the relevant building codes and standards and practices. This way, if we do find missed defects or mistakes, your builder can be notified and they can be rectified at that stage saving a lot of stress and costs later. So, you can feel reassured and confident about your builder and home build.

What to expect from a new home stage inspection in Melbourne

A home inspection is an independent, unbiased and accurate visual property examination conducted by our registered building inspector. All our inspections are carried out using our very detailed point form reports to ensure no necessary points or issues are missed.

Expert new home stage inspectors for a comprehensive report

We look at the following aspects of your home while undertaking your new home stage inspection:

Slab Stage (pre-concrete pour)

The first inspection is carried out prior to pouring concrete. We make sure that everything has been set up in compliance with the approved engineer’s design, the working drawings and the relevant Australian standards.

The slab inspection is important, as missed defects in floor slabs can cause serious problems in the future.

At the pre-slab stage Solid Start Property Inspections check:

  • All beam sizes and membrane placement
  • Steel for correct size, layout, overlap and support
  • Clearances to exposed slab edges, correct tying and lapping
  • Placement of penetrations (plumbing) termite barrier fitting
  • Re-entry bars, step downs and more
  • All as per engineer’s design
  • As well as floor height and set-out (position on the property)

Also, a structural inspection is conducted after the framing is completed.

We make sure that everything has been built in compliance with the approved engineer’s design, the working drawings and the relevant Australian standards.

At frame stage, Solid Start Property Inspections check:

  • Room sizes and window placements
  • Wall framing, plumb and fixings
  • Engineering, timber sizes, beams, lintel sizes and support points
  • Correct fixings and spacings
  • Correct bracing, placing and fixing
  • Posi struts or floor joist fixings, blocking and support
  • Truss layout, fixing, bracing, support and hold down points

The frame stage inspection is important, as missed defects can cause serious problems in the future.

Lock-Up or Pre-Plaster Stage

After your home is “locked up”, this inspection is carried out prior to the lining of the walls and ceilings. This is important because a lot of tradies work in the frame area and cut, move or alter the frame at this stage, so it is important to re-check the frame.

This inspection is not a fully structural inspection but more of a compliance inspection to make sure all the works done to this stage are complying with all the relevant codes and standards and to a high standard.

Some of the things reviewed at this stage are:

  • The wall frames are straightened, plumbed and fixed correctly
  • The window frames are correct
  • The insulation in the walls
  • All the external works like the brickwork for correct laying and placement on the slab or footings*
  • Correct placing of expansion joints, weep holes etc*
  • Eave linings fitted*
  • Downpipes correctly placed and installed*
  • External doors fitted correctly*
  • The shower bases are correctly installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • The baths are properly supported.

* Denoted works that may not be completed at this stage.

Pre-Paint Stage

After your home is plastered and the internal fix is completed (doors hung, architraves and skirtings fitted, waterproofing) this inspection is carried out prior to the painting and tiling stage.

This has become a necessary stage as modern builders don’t always get all the building works done at lockup stage. For instance, they may be plastering the inside at the same time the brickwork is going up.

This inspection is again not a fully structural inspection but more of a compliance inspection to make sure all the works done to this stage (and possible issues picked up at the last stage) comply with all the relevant codes and building standards.

Some of the things reviewed at this stage are:

  • The window frames are correct
  • The insulation in the walls
  • All the external works such as the brickwork for correct laying and placement on the slab or footings
  • Correct placing of expansion joints, weep holes etc
  • Eave linings fitted
  • Downpipes correctly placed and installed
  • External doors fitted correctly
  • The shower bases are correctly installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Internally, doors fitted correctly
  • Doors fitted correctly, opening and gaps
  • Trims fitted correctly
  • Plaster finish pre paint
  • Waterproofing

Final / Handover Stage

This is the last inspection prior to the builder handing the home over to you. It is important to do the final inspection to make sure your builder has complied with your contractual agreement and list of fittings and fixtures. This is the time when you can do a final quality control inspection on finishes to materials and workmanship to make sure they meet the standards expected.

At this stage Solid Start Property Inspections check:

  • Stair tread and handrail heights
  • Sanitary compartment requirements and shower screens
  • Quality of finishes internally such as painting and tiling
  • Smoke detectors, caulking to tiled areas, windows and doors
  • Energy rating requirements
  • Correct fitting of appliances
  • Quality of finishes externally such as brickwork render and external linings
  • Correct fitting of downpipes if not already done
  • Quality of finish in paving
  • Drainage and if necessary fire rating requirements

Find out more about new home stage inspections by getting in touch

For your reassurance and peace of mind at this exciting time contact Ian at Solid Start Property Inspections on 0417 383 332 and organise your all-important stage inspections today.

Excellent communications and response time. Professional and thorough approach to inspections (we did two townhouses at frame stage in one visit) and reasonable pricing. Would definitely use again and recommend to friends. Thanks, Ian!

Joe Lewis

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