Once your new home has reached practical completion, the builder will contact you to arrange a Pre-Handover Inspection. This has many different names, and depending on your builder, may be called PCI (Practical Completion Inspection), or NHP (New Home Presentation), and several other names, but they all mean the exact same thing.
Regardless of the name, it is essentially an opportunity to inspect your new home, and make the builder aware of any issues or defects you would like rectified before you settle and receive the keys to your new home. At this stage your home may not necessarily be 100% complete, and may not even have a Certificate of Occupancy, however this inspection occurs because builder deems the house to be practically complete
Why choose Correct Inspections?
Registered with the Victorian Building Authority, and fully insured.
We send our reports the same day, within just hours of the inspection.
We have completed thousands of construction stage inspections.
Our services are priced competitively, and we provide fast and free quotes.
We inspect every part of your new home, which will normally include the following:
- All external brickwork walls and cladding
- Fascia, gutters, eaves and roof areas
- Window and door frames/glazing
- Under the house if built on stumps
- All internal walls, cornices and ceilings
- Doors, architraves & skirtings
- All floor coverings
- Test all taps and waste pipes
- Kitchen and bathroom cupboards
- Appliances if installed
- Painting and timber staining
- Check wet areas for possible leaks
- Wall & floor tiling
- Garage and carport areas
- Ground levels around house
- Concrete driveways and paving
- Inside the roof space
Our Inspection Process
Get in touch
Simply fill out the online form with some information about your new home so we can send you a quote.
Send the documents
Once you accept our quote, we will request the documents and information we will need from you.
Confirm the booking
Our friendly team will contact either yourself or the builder to confirm the inspection date and time.
One of our highly experienced inspectors will visit the site of your home to carry out a comprehensive inspection.
Send the report
Our detailed and easy to understand report will be sent to you via email within a few hours of the inspection.
Frequently Asked Questions
The PCI stands for “practical completion inspection”, which basically means that the house is almost complete, and the owner can now check the home at this pre handover inspection to provide a list of any defects or contract issues for the builder to address before settlement.
The pre handover inspection will take about 2 hours, and unlike most inspection companies, our detailed pre handover inspection report will be completed and sent to you within just a couple of hours of the inspection, allowing the builder to start working on the issues immediately, so you can move in sooner.
No, pre handover is when the list of defects and other issues is provided to the builder. Once all of the issues are 100% fixed, you can do the settlement, which is when you pay the final invoice and collect the keys to your new home.
In accordance with your contract (and the related laws), the final invoice is due when the home is 100% complete, and defect free. If there are any outstanding issues, you do not need to pay the final invoice. If you are unsure, you should check your contract or seek legal advice.
We find numerous defects at the pre handover inspection, normally between 50-150 defects on every home. Many of these are easily fixed, but sometimes there are major issues, which is why every home should be properly checked by a professional at the pre handover inspection.
The time needed to fix defects from the pre handover inspection is completely up to the builder. It can take 1 week, 3 weeks, or even longer. Normally it will take 1-2 weeks to fix the pre handover inspection defects, but you should ask your builder to confirm the exact time they require.