Before you move in

Before you take possession of your new home, there are a few things you need to take care of once the building work is complete or almost complete.

New homes

Once your new home is complete, you can’t move in until the contractor has formally notified you of completion, and there are a few things you need to take care of before you call the removalists.

Practical completion

Practical completion is the stage when works are complete in accordance with the Contract and all relevant statutory requirements (with the exception of minor defects or minor omissions) and the works are reasonably suitable for habitation ready for you to being preparations for moving in.

On reaching this stage, you are obliged to carry out an inspection of the dwelling with your contractor before handover. Your bank or lending authority may also want to inspect the home prior to finalising its payment to your contractor.

Knowing that you cannot take possession until all monies are paid to the contractor, you should clarify any special requirements (such as building inspections by the bank), so as to not delay you moving into your home.

Defects liability period

The defects liability period is defined in the Contract and commences once Practical Completion has been reached and runs for a specific period of time, which is nominated within your contract.

After you have taken possession of your new home, your contractor is obligated to rectify any faults that may occur during the defects liability period of 12 months. You must notify your contractor in writing of any defects during this period.

Renovations

If you are renovating, on reaching completion you may also require a building inspection on the work. You should also check the work and record details of any defects or items that require attention. Like with a new home, your contractor is obligated to rectify any faults that may occur during the defects liability period.

Final inspection

You may choose to use a building consultant to perform a final building inspection. You should advise your contractor that you intend to have a building inspector attend the final inspection. The Find a Master Builder search is a free service that helps you find properly licensed Master Builders for your upcoming job, including building inspectors.

If you are using a Master Builders member for your building work and find yourself in a dispute situation, contact Master Builders and we can assist with the situation.