The handover inspection gives the client peace of mind when having a new house built or buying a house off the plan. It is a very exciting time when you see the product of your planning and decision making drawing to an end as the prospect of moving in draws close.
It is so easy to lose focus on what needs to be attended to during handover and this is the opportunity to go through any minor issues with the building work. When a home reaches practical completion, it must be “suitable for habitation” meaning that it has power, water and is weatherproof and it is functioning like a normal home.
Generally, a handover inspection is arranged onsite before the day when the builder hands the property over to the client. A week or so prior to handover from the builder allows time to rectify any defects prior to the actual handover or to come up with an agreement as to the timeframe in which such items will be rectified.
On the day of handover there are still a number of items which will need to be exchanged between the builder and the client and the following are items should be taken into consideration: