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Is your new home built in accordance with Australian standards?

Building a new home is often regarded as one of the most significant investments a person will make in their lifetime. When COVID struck, navigating Melbourne’s residential property building market became challenging and frequently painful.

With so many horror stories of delays and poor workmanship, it’s no surprise that new home buyers are hesitant to enter the Melbourne, Victoria market. Needless to say, getting the right advice becomes especially difficult during these trying times.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about material and trade delays. The perfect storm of rising material costs, product availability, and a shortage of quality tradespeople has slowed everything down. It has even forced several construction companies into bankruptcy.

To be clear, many of these issues are beyond the control of ordinary working folk trying to construct a new home. However, it should be of utmost importance to guarantee that the work is of top quality and meets Australian Standards. Particularly when you consider the current environment, where these mounting pressures may lead to cost- and corner-cutting.

It’s now more important than ever for property owners who are building new homes to hire an independent building inspector. Landmark Building Inspections provides expert professional guidance to new homeowners throughout the construction process.

When you work with our team of expert building inspectors, you can rest assured that the most important aspects of your new home are being built correctly and in accordance with all applicable Australian Standards.

If you’re looking for a new home in Melbourne, Victoria, contact our team of inspectors at Landmark Building Inspections.

What is an “under construction inspection”?

As the name implies, this inspection is carried out at various stages of the construction process. During these thorough inspections, several aspects of a new home are thoroughly examined.

Furthermore, they are intended to protect homeowners and their investments throughout the construction process. These inspections will aid in ensuring proper building techniques, craftsmanship, and quality.

It’s crucial to first comprehend what each stage typically entails in order to comprehend how these inspections assist homeowners.

The slab:

The first stage usually focuses on the slab after the concrete has been poured and allowed to dry. The Landmark Building Inspectors will use the current building plans to verify the dimensions and size of the slab. They will also make sure that the plumbing is properly installed and that the overall workmanship is up to the mark.

Your inspector will ensure that the slab work is completed in accordance with the plans and accordance with Australian Standards. They will also keep you informed of any cracks, their severity, and their impact on the project as a whole.


The next step in construction will be the framing/brickwork of the walls after the slab has been poured, dried, and inspected. When the walls are complete, the Landmark Building Inspector will refer back to the current building plans and specifications. This will help them ensure that the structure, placement, and any windows and doorways are all in accordance with the plans.

Roof framing:

The roof inspection is a vital procedure that ensures the stability of your home’s structure. This inspection’s goal is to confirm that all roof framing construction techniques adhere to engineering specifications and Australian Standards. To ensure proper installation, tie-down straps will also be inspected.

Following completion of the construction, a final inspection known as the Practical Completion Inspection should be performed prior to handover.

The Building Inspector will conduct a thorough examination of all finished materials and workmanship, including:

  • cabinets
  • insulation
  • bathrooms
  • ceilings
  • electrical
  • plumbing
  • plastering
  • windows and doors
  • roof sarking
  • …and more!

The workmanship will be scrutinized to ensure that all work has been done professionally. It will also help ensure that the layout and front elevation are consistent with the plans and that finishing components have been installed correctly.

You will accept responsibility for any significant flaws or construction errors once the work is finished and you have taken possession of the property (Handover).

It can take a while to try to settle these disagreements with your builder after the last payment on your account has been made, and these cases occasionally end up in court.

Nothing will ever run perfectly during the construction of a new home. That being said, the last thing you want is to have costly problems after the handover. Hiring professional building inspection services from Landmark Building Inspections can help identify potential problems early in the construction process.

Finally, Landmark Building Inspection in Melbourne, Victoria provides Under Construction and Practical Completion Inspections to help you in avoiding hassles or potentially protracted legal disputes with your builder so you can concentrate on settling in and embracing your new residence.

Get in touch with Landmark Building Inspections today!