Things to check before collecting the keys to your newly built home

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Things to check before collecting the keys to your newly built home

It’s exciting times ahead for all those lucky people in a position to be currently building their new dream home on the Sunshine Coast. You have worked closely with your builder to ensure your home works in with the advantages and limitations of your block, budget and your lifestyle and it is almost finished. With summer coming, you are getting ready to move in and start enjoying your dream home!

However, while not wanting to put a dampener on things we suggest you don’t let your excitement cloud your judgement at this crucial stage. While your builder is under pressure to complete your home and be paid, the home that cost you thousands to build can cost you thousands more if there are any hidden defects. Even new homes have defects so before you move in and start relaxing on the sofa, you’ll need an independent building defects report. This report will help you sleep easier knowing the work has been done satisfactorily and that any defects, substandard building practices relevant to the current building code requirements or unfinished work have been identified.

Under best industry practice, inspections should be physically undertaken on site by a qualified, licenced building inspector. The unbiased professional will look at aspects of your home to determine both cosmetic and more major defects in areas such as damp and weatherproofing, fire safety, health and amenities, safe movement and access, ventilation, pool barriers and other areas relevant to the building development approval. The report is compiled and given to the builder detailing how any aspect of the work does not comply and what work is required by them to rectify the defects identified by the inspector.

So before you get the keys and take ownership of your dream home, contact a QBCC licensed building inspector today and protect your most important investment.