The Hand-Over Defects Building Inspection is for new homes, that have recently been built.
For contracts that fall within the threshold of $7,500 to $500,000 the builder is liable to make good, at no additional cost, any defects in the construction work that have been notified in writing within 4 months of practical completion (The 4 months can be extended if agreed by both parties and it has been specified in the contract).
The 4 months defects liability period applies from ‘practical completion’ which means ‘brought to the stage where the home building work is completed except for any omissions or defects which do not prevent the home building work from being reasonably capable of being used for its intended purpose.
Most new home owners don’t realise that it is their responsibility send the builder in writing, a notice within the first 4 months. As a result, this doesn’t happen and the inspection never gets done. The inspection report will identify any maintenance issues which should then be sent over to the builder.
The Hand-Over Defects Building Inspection includes the same items as the Pre-Purchase Comprehensive Inspection Report, but the level of detail and expectation of the standard of finishing is much higher. This inspection will include items relating to tiling, flooring, cabinets, doors, windows and fitting and operation of all appliances.