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The Importance of 11 month Warranty Inspections

According to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, on “20 June 2014, the Queensland Building and Construction Board made the Rectification of Building Work Policy.

For you, this means that if your building contractor has carried out defective building work they should be required to rectify that work irrespective of whether they did or did not comply with the contracted plans and specifications for your work.

In seeking the assistance of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to “direct a building contractor to rectify defective building work, you must lodge a formal complaint with the QBCC as soon as possible, but no later than within 12 months of becoming aware of the defects.

And most importantly, the QBCC will then direct your building contractor to rectify if:

  • structural defective building work is within 6 years and 3 months of the building work being completed;
  • non-structural defective building work is within 12 months of the building work being completed. 

Of course this does not extend to manufacturers’ product warranties such as whitegoods”.

“Defective building work means building work that is faulty or unsatisfactory, including for example, work that:

a. does not comply with the Building Act 1975, Building Code of Australia or an applicable Australian Standard
b. involves the use of a manufactured product where that product has been used, constructed or installed in a way that does not comply with the product manufacturer’s instructions”.

“Non-structural defective building work means defective building work (other than structural defective building work or residential construction work causing subsidence) that is faulty or unsatisfactory because:
a. it does not meet a reasonable standard of construction or finish expected of a competent holder of a contractor’s licence of the relevant class; or
b. it has caused a settling in period defect in a new building such that the building work that does not perform at a standard reasonably expected of work carried out by a competent holder of a contractor’s licence of the relevant class”.

To clarify, “structural defective building work means defective building work (other than residential construction work causing subsidence) that is faulty or unsatisfactory because it does one or more of the following:

a. adversely affects the structural performance of a building;
b. adversely affects the health or safety of persons residing in or occupying a building;
c. adversely affects the functional use of a building;
d. allows water penetration into a building”.

To find our more about rectification post building, just go to the “Rectification of Building Work Policy” Fact Sheet on Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (QBCC) website.

Your ABIS warranty inspection should be scheduled for 11 months after your handover. Think of it as your second handover particularly focussed upon anything which has changed or happened since your first handover inspection, for example cracking in wall sheets and cornices due to frame shrinkage or loose and drummy tiles to name a few.  

The great thing about having ABIS conduct your warranty inspection is that you don’t have to worry about making sure you’ve spotted all those little often overlooked things because we go through your property in detail just as we did with your handover. And because our inspectors are independent and builders themselves, your builder is more likely to take your rectification request seriously. And if your builder doesn’t want to cooperate, then you’ve got great ammunition for any case you put before the QBCC.

The bottom line is… having an ABIS warranty inspection is important because you only get one opportunity to get your builder to fix all those annoying non-structural defects at his expense and not yours, book an inspection now!

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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