Handover Inspections

Handover Inspection:

Highlight of the ABIS New Home Handover Inspection and Stage Inspection Program 

If you are looking for a new home handover inspection and report in Brisbane, we're there to support you throughout your entire house building process, not just to inspect and list off the small decorative defects at the end! At each step along the way, your inspector is there to assess the quality of work undertaken.

You tailor the programme to suit yourself... select all 6 building stage inspections or simply choose the ones you're most worried about! If you wish just the Handover.

The Programme Consists of 4 Separate Stage Inspections:

  • Base Stage immediately before slab pour
  • Frame Stage when the frame is complete but before internal wall linings
  • Lock-Up Stage when external windows and doors are installed and the roof is on
  • Pre-Painting Stage when construction is complete including cabinetry, but before painting

Finishing with:

  • Handover or Practical Completion, a very detailed inspection conducted once the builder is satisfied that the construction process is complete and after a final clean has been undertaken.

Followed by:

  • Warranty Inspection conducted within 12 months as a follow-up second Handover Inspection to detect defects which your builder is obliged to rectify within QBCC's 12 month warranty period. Note the 6 year warranty period applies only to structural defects.


Arrange Your Handover Inspection

How Everyone Benefits from Our Handovers:

You benefit by having an independent assessment of the quality of work so you can make your final payment with confidence.

Your builder benefits from having the opportunity to correct any defects sooner rather than later which can be costly.

You may be wondering why you would need a structural inspection for your new home anyway. Builders are increasingly challenged to deliver quality construction with rising building costs in a competitive new home market. Even respected builders can have variations in quality. Most builders are concerned that errors and poor workmanship with the cost of associated re-work may destroy their reputation.

Or you may be wondering why you would need a timber pest inspection when you've just had new termite barriers installed. It is common for the termite barrier, which is installed early in the construction process, to be damaged or compromised by following building activity. Typical problems encountered are physical damage to the barrier, relocation of incorrectly positioned slab penetrations such as waste pipes, landscaping and paving built up above the weep holes or rendering over inspection zones.

When Selecting Your Builder We Recommend:

  • Don't just rely on the display home... get referrals. Talk to others about their experience with the builder and if possible, visit their home to see examples of the builder's work firsthand.
  • Ensure the builder is fully licensed to build in your state and carries the necessary insurance to protect you.
  • Have a solicitor help you negotiate the contract and, most importantly, ensure you and the builder clearly agree on what is to be built. Also, ensure that construction timeframes, both best and worst case, are acceptable to you.
  • If you feel there may be a personality clash between you and your builder, agree to use an impartial third party to act as liaison to handle all negotiations.
  • Have ABIS conduct stage inspections, a handover inspection and a follow-up inspection within 12 months for warranty items and within 6 years for structural problems.

Review our handover inspection checklist

Here are some useful government information sheets:

The Building Process

We're About To Build