Handover Checklist

Comprehensive Handover Inspection Summary

When you arrange for a Handover Inspection - this is a list of what should be Inspected

Site Conditions

  • Access
  • Site Gradient
  • General Soil Type
  • Soil erosion & sediment control
  • Orientation
  • Weather conditions
  • Surface drainage
  • Subsidence
  • Seepage
  • Termite nesting sites & conditions conducive to termites

Site Improvements/Conditions

  • Landscaping
  • Finished ground level adjacent to building
  • Finished slab height
  • Driveways/access/slope
  • Crossover
  • Paving
  • Gates & Fencing generally
  • Builders sign/site identification
  • Storm water pipes
  • Sanitary drainage
  • Termite control noted inc. type and location of barriers i.e. to drainage pipes.
  • Termite notices
  • Retaining Walls & location
  • Visually check site clear of building rubbish and materials appropriately stored

Outbuildings

  • Shed structural adequacy, materials, workmanship
  • Pergola structural adequacy, materials, workmanship

External

  • Piers/stumps
  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Damp proofing
  • Weatherproofing of single leaf masonry
  • Tie-downs
  • Doors - for correct clearances & function
  • Door locks
  • Windows & sills - for bows, sagging & twists
  • Lintels
  • Weep holes
  • External paint finish
  • Glazing for scratches & chips
  • Safety switch
  • Vermin proofing
  • Hot water heater, drainage & platform
  • Air conditioning unit installation & drainage
  • Gas bottles - gas pipes no contact
  • Double storey return air duct sealed
  • Letterbox

Brickwork

  • Control joints location & waterproofing
  • Weep holes
  • Control joints appropriately located & sealed
  • Mortar strength & finish
  • Chipped bricks
  • Perimeter flashing 1st floor
  • Weep holes above windows
  • Walls straight, plumb & correctly bearing on slab
  • Perpends (intersecting wall)  & bed joints
  • Window sills - correct clearances
  • Half or full height piers
  • Bagging to brickwork
  • Termite barrier on correct course

Balcony

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship

Patio

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship

Porch

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship

Verandah

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship including:
    • framing
    • stirrups
    • heights

Deck

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship

Carport

  • structural adequacy
  • materials
  • workmanship

Frame

  • Subfloor frame clearance
  • Truss clearances over internal walls
  • Masonry brick/block structural walls
  • Battens fixed to rafters
  • Fire rated elements - Party walls
  • Binders in place & fixed at ends
  • Floor member size & spacing
  • Floor bracing & tie downs
  • Wall frame secure & straight at top & bottom plates
  • Corners & walls plumb
  • Roof frame member size & spacing
  • Construction of window & door openings - heights, directions, plumb & level
  • Blocking & nogging for wall & ceiling linings
  • Ceiling frame member size & spacing
  • Ceiling Heights
  • Lintels Tight & to List
  • Aluminium Door Frame Brackets
  • Position of external wall frame in relation to slab
  • Roof frame member size & spacing
  • Roof frame bracing
  • Roof frame tie downs
  • Girder trusses supported
  • Point Load Support
  • Manhole Position
  • Bulkheads
  • Check Dutch Gables
  • Concrete structural walls

Roof Framing

  • Roof trusses to wall frames
  • Framing
  • Sarking
  • Insulation - damage

Roof Covering

  • Covering
  • Fixings
  • Ridge
  • Hips
  • Valleys
  • Gutters - straight, level & correctly installed
  • Flashings
  • Fascia, barges- straight, level & correctly installed
  • Downpipes straight & clips
  • Gables, soffits - straight, level & correctly installed
  • Roofing installed & complete to Standards & manufacture specifications
  • Appropriate flashings to openings & penetrations checked for fitting & condition
  • Roof Penetrations

Floor

  • Piers/stumps
  • Foundations
  • Framing
  • Flooring - nail, glue & seal
  • Flooring - butt nogging
  • Floor join sanding
  • Sheeting
  • Ventilation
  • Ponding
  • Concrete slab
  • Damp proofing
  • Floors below ground level & flooding
  • Subfloor level relative to finished ground level
  • Suspended floors
  • Ventilation including subfloor ventilation

Joinery

  • Landings
  • Balustrading
  • Step heights
  • Stairs
  • Ramps

Each Internal Room

  • Doors fitted to acceptable standards & function using appropriate blocks & fixings to maintain the frame straight & true - door margins
  • Windows fitted to acceptable standards & function using appropriate blocks & fixings to maintain the frame straight & true
  • Window treatments & cover boards
  • Handles
  • Locks
  • Screens
  • Ceilings, wall linings & cornice fitted to acceptable standards with comment on the quality of finish & any obvious defects
  • Ceiling heights
  • Skirting fitted to acceptable standards & function
  • Architraves fitted to acceptable standards & function - architrave quirk margins
  • Walls - plaster straight edges & square setting, joints for tool marks & sanding ridges
  • Light fittings
  • Floor
  • Floor coverings
  • Tiling & grouting for level straight & finish; junctions & joins for caulk sealing
  • Cabinets aligned & correctly installed
  • Cabinets finish - for scratches
  • Carpentry internal fix woodwork
  • Power points
  • Internal paint finish - for coverage, blemishes, paint runs, over painting & nail holes checked for proper filling
  • Safety glass
  • Smoke alarms

Specifically for Kitchen/Meals

  • Benchtops
  • Bench cupboards
  • Wall cupboards
  • Drawers
  • Pantry
  • Sink
  • Stove top - presence
  • Disposal unit- presence
  • Griller- presence
  • Oven- presence
  • Exhaust fan/rangehood- presence
  • Dishwasher- presence
  • Taps - all cut-outs around taps for correct sizing
  • Splashback

Specifically for each Bedroom

  • Wardrobes
  • Drawers
  • Shelves

Specifically for each Bathroom

  • Window openings to shower areas appropriately sealed
  • Waterproof membrane to showers & wet areas
  • Bath installation & proper support
  • Basin
  • Vanity
  • Mirror
  • Shower & hob installation
  • Screens
  • Wastes
  • Towel rails
  • Taps
  • Toilets
  • Tiles - wall
  • Tiles - floor

Specifically for each Toilet

  • Toilet door open out or removable
  • Waste
  • Flange
  • Cistern

Specifically for Laundry

  • Tub
  • Cabinet
  • Wall cupboard
  • Benchtop
  • Linen press
  • Taps
  • Waste
  • Tiles - wall
  • Tiles - floor

Specifically for Garage/Carport/Storeroom

  • Garage doors
  • Remotes- presence

The following Documents are also sighted:

  • The Building Services Authority insurance certificate
  • The certificate for the termite management system installed
  • The building certifier's stage inspection approvals
  • Waterproof membrane certificate for wet areas
  • Plumbing and drainage certificates
  • Glazing certificate
  • Owner manuals and warranties for installed appliances