Handover Inspections Checklist

Comprehensive Building Handover Inspection Summary

When you arrange for a Building 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
  • Stormwater pipes
  • Sanitary drainage
  • Termite control noted including 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 and function
  • Door locks
  • Windows & sills - for bows, sagging and twists
  • Lintels
  • Weep holes
  • External paint finish
  • Glazing for scratches and chips
  • Safety switch
  • Vermin Proofing
  • Hot water heater, drainage and platform
  • Air conditioning unit installation and drainage
  • Gas bottles - gas pipes no contact
  • Double storey return air duct sealed
  • Letterbox

Brickwork

  • Control joints location and waterproofing
  • Weep holes
  • Control joints appropriately located and sealed
  • Mortar strength and finish
  • Chipped bricks
  • Perimeter flashing first floor
  • Weep holes above windows
  • Walls straight, plumb and correctly bearing on slab
  • Perpends (intersecting wall) and 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 and fixed at ends
  • Floor member size and spacing
  • Floor bracing and tie downs
  • Wall frame secure and straight at top & bottom plates
  • Corners and walls plumb
  • Roof frame member size and spacing
  • Construction of window and door openings - heights, directions, plumb and level
  • Blocking and nogging for wall and ceiling linings
  • Ceiling frame member size and spacing
  • Ceiling heights
  • Lintels tight and to list
  • Aluminium door frame brackets
  • Position of external wall frame in relation to slab
  • Roof frame member size and 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 and correctly installed
  • Flashings
  • Fascia, barges- straight, level and correctly installed
  • Downpipes straight and clips
  • Gables, soffits - straight, level and correctly installed
  • Roofing installed and complete to standards and manufacturer specifications
  • Appropriate flashings to openings and penetrations checked for fitting and condition
  • Roof penetrations

Floor

  • Piers / stumps
  • Foundations
  • Framing
  • Flooring - nail, glue and seal
  • Flooring - butt nogging
  • Floor join sanding
  • Sheeting
  • Ventilation
  • Ponding
  • Concrete slab
  • Damp proofing
  • Floors below ground level and 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 and function - using appropriate blocks and fixings to maintain the frame straight and true door margins
  • Windows fitted to acceptable standards and function - using appropriate blocks and fixings to maintain the frame straight & true window margin
  • Window treatments and cover boards
  • Handles
  • Locks
  • Screens
  • Ceilings, wall linings and cornice fitted to acceptable standards with comment on the quality of finish and any obvious defects
  • Ceiling heights
  • Skirting fitted to acceptable standards and function
  • Architraves fitted to acceptable standards and function - architrave quirk margins
  • Walls - Plaster straight edges and square setting, joints for tool marks and sanding ridges
  • Light fittings
  • Floor
  • Floor coverings
  • Tiling and grouting for level straight and finish; junctions and joints for caulk sealing
  • Cabinets aligned and correctly installed
  • Cabinets finish - for scratches
  • Carpentry internal fix woodwork
  • Power points
  • Internal paint finish - for coverage, blemishes, paint runs, over painting and 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/range hood- 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 and wet areas
  • Bath installation and proper support
  • Basin
  • Vanity
  • Mirror
  • Shower and 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 Building Handover Inspection 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