Plasterboard can cover a lot of defects . . . . . . . so if worth checking on things before it goes up.
Due to cost lots of people don’t use a Building Inspector, or only use one for the Practical Completion Inspection (PCI). I think making sure things are OK at the ‘Pre-Plaster Stage’ is probably more important, so if your budget is strained that is where I think your money is best spent.
Getting things fixed at this stage is much easier than trying to sort out issues between PCI and handover.
A further advantage of a detailed inspection at this stage is that it really emphasises to the Site Supervisor that quality is important to you before they get to the ‘Fit Out Stage’.
Don’t forget the outside, Checks, if they haven’t been done at an earlier stage, should include:
- Site Drainage – Are the drains and sewers in and the construction looks OK. Is the site graded so water doesn’t pond against the house
- Brickwork /External Cladding – Does this look neat and well finished, and not have bricks overhanging the edge of the slab?
- Building Weathertight – Look up is the roof complete? Is there any evidence of rain coming in? If you asked for sarking has it been installed?
- Layout – Are the rooms the right size and the doors and windows where you expected them to be
- Framing Defects – Does the frame look and feel solid, square and straight? Have the electricians and plumbers damaged any of the structural members during their installation of pipes and cables?
- Electrical and Plumbing – Are power cables and mounting plates in position where you want all your power sockets? Do the plumbing connections look to be in the right places
- Wet Areas – Has the waterproofing been applied and look complete?
- Insulation – Have the correct insulation batts been fitted into the external wall frame, with no missing areas, or gaps between individual batts. Has any noise insulation been installed between rooms and between floors, with no missing areas, or gaps?
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