Answering Your Handover Inspection Questions

Completing a building project is always a massive achievement, however even after construction is done, you still have to do the handover inspection. This step can confuse many people, so we will be answering your handover inspection questions in this blog.

What is a new build handover?

When you want to build your dream home from scratch, you need to go through several steps.

These include getting the finances in order, finding the right site, choosing the right building contractors and then the construction process itself.

After this, mandatory inspections are done which ensure that the house is a livable dwelling with weather proofing, power and water connected.

However, after this you’re still not done. The new build handover inspection must be conducted. This is the final examination of the house to make sure it’s built up to standard and to your specifications.

Why is the handover inspection so important?

It is the final step before you make a payment, so it’s important to get it right. Once you’ve paid the builder, they are much less likely to seek to help you.

This saves you from having to re-hire them or hire new builders to fix minor issues down the track. It also stops minor issues from becoming major issues.

That’s why it is so important to get a quality inspection service. 


We conduct a thorough report of any faults your newly constructed property.

What is the difference between mandatory and handover inspections?

A mandatory inspection is just to make sure that the house is a livable structure.

By comparison, a handover inspection is done after the mandatory inspection. It makes sure the final touches are all correct and all elements of construction are up to industry standards.

This inspection looks at things like unevenness in the finishes, the gaps underneath doors, whether railings are loose and so on.

It is much more in-depth and the final chance for you to make sure your home is perfect.

How does the handover inspection work?

Generally, your builder will give you 2- or 3-weeks’ notice before handover is expected to take place.

From there you should conduct a qualified inspector who will undertake a thorough examination of your home.

A report is then delivered to you noting all the defects of the property. The builders should then fix these defects.

A follow up inspection and report can then be conducted at your request.

The New Build Handover is your final step before payment. Make sure you get the best inspectors. Contact Dedant today.

Who can do my handover inspection?

Of all the handover inspection questions, this is perhaps the most important. Thankfully, we’ve got an easy answer.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offers affordable, quality handover inspections.

These inspections are followed by an easy-to-follow report that includes pictures of any faults and tells you the correct trade responsible for fixing the fault.

Dedant services Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast, Moreton, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.

Call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

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5 DIY tips for keeping out termites

At Dedant, we have written extensively about the dangers of termites. Given the dangers of these pests, we are sharing our DIY tips for keeping out termites.

1)     Fix leaky plumbing and gutters

Termites rely on moist soil to survive and thrive. A leaky pipe that can cause water to pool up under and around your house.

Termites build colonies in the moist soil near your house and then begin to eat the wooden fixtures of your homes. Get a plumber to ensure your pipes do not leak.

Even if you’re not a handyman yourself, keeping your gutters clean and free of leaves will also prevent moisture from building. This will also stop mold from occurring.

2)     Store excess wood away from your property

If you have a building project involving wood, it is not unusual to have excess planks of wood lying around afterward.

Do not leave piles of wood near your house. Termites will seek these out and then move from the wood pile to the external walls of your home.

Store your excess wood in a shed or under a tarp away from the external walls of your home.

3)     Tend to your gardens

Keep your garden clean, tidy and free of rotting tree stumps. Termites are attracted to wood rot.

You should also regularly clean your garden to make sure there are no dead or rotting plant matter on the ground.

A backyard full of loose, rotting plans matter gives termites a moist environment to thrive in. Cleaning your garden is a job you can do yourself.


signs of termites

Your backyard is the most common place for termite colonies to form. Keep it as clean as possible. Inspect regularly.

4)     Avoid cardboard

Cardboard attracts termites. As such you should seek to avoid using cardboard as much as possible.

Most of the cardboard we use is in storage containers and folders. Use plastic or metal containers and folders for storage instead.

5)     Keep good air circulation

Keeping good air circulation is vital to prevent termite infestations. With poor air circulation, condensation can build up and seep into the wood, creating a perfect environment for termites.

Opening windows and running ceiling/exhaust fans is an easy way to keep air circulation going and prevent the build-up of moisture.

an open window to improve ventilation

An open window increases air circulation and makes your home less habitable to termites

Always consult an expert

While these tips for keeping out termites are useful for prevention, if you see or suspect a termite infestation your first point of contact should be to an expert.

Dedant offers affordable, quality termite inspections and treatments.

Call now on 07 3807 0122.


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