New Home Construction Inspections

We offer a range of reports, available throughout the construction project of your new home.

Why Get A Report?

Built to Last

If you are concerned about the quality of the construction you are being provided by your builder, or just want peace of mind that your new home is being built to last, a New Home Construction Inspection could help.

If you have any questions about which report is best suited to your needs, contact us to discuss, we are more than happy to help.

Below is a description of what to expect from our New Home Construction Inspections, and an explanation as to what they include.

With each independent building inspection you will get:

  • Quality service
  • Prompt inspection
  • A written and photographic report of any defects found
  • Same day delivery of your report, directly to your email
  • Access to your inspector via phone between 8am & 6pm following your inspection, to answer any questions you might have.

What Each Our Inspections Include

Pre-Slab Inspection

Although it may seem a simple part of the construction of a home, there is a lot of different elements that make this a critical stage of assessment.

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    Unfortunately this is an often overlooked inspection, where the foundations of your house are built; modifications after it has been poured is extremely difficult and will always be a compromise.

    Items we check for when doing our Pre-slab inspections are:

    • Overall dimensions of the slab
    • Vapour/termite barrier in place, (depending on treatment specified)
    • Dimensions of internal and external concrete beams
    • Levelness of surrounding formwork.
    • Correct size, placement, lapping, tying and support of reinforcement
    • Correct positioning of plumbing penetrations
    • Substantial support of formwork to prevent deflection during pour

Frame Inspection

This is a commonly requested inspection from clients, and rightly so as this is the bones of your house and a critical component to get right to ensure your investment stands the test of time.

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    There are many elements to a frame that we inspect to ensure that the remainder of the build does not suffer from any mistakes made at this stage.

    They are:

    • Check dimensions of room sizes, positions of windows, doors etc. are correct (assuming plans provided are available)
    • Check framing members for square, plumb, walls straight etc
    • Check framing components are the correct size and in the right places
    • Confirm the bracing and tie down to the slab have been completed to the engineering detail
    • Check for excessive bounce in any suspended floors

    Although we do not certify due to not being licensed to, we confirm if a termite barrier (if required at this stage) has been installed.

Pre-Lining Inspection

The Pre-Lining Inspection is a last look at you frame before the plaster goes up.

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    At this stage we check:

    • The plumbing and electrical services are installed in the correct manner and in the correct place
    • Any issues (if) picked up in the frame inspection have been rectified
    • All framing members are still intact, straight and true
    • Roof coverings for defects
    • Brickwork (if clean) for defects
    • Brick ties have been installed correctly

Lock-Up / Waterproofing

Our Lock-up/waterproofing Inspection is a detailed look at you Home in its close to finish form.

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    At this stage we check:

    • The installation of your plaster to ensure correct fixing an adherence to framework.
    • Acceptable Setting Standards and Finishing with defects marked onsite for repair.
    • Assessment of Fixout Carpentry for poor installation that will provide an unacceptable finish.
    • Review of your completed waterproofing to wet areas to ensure compliance with AS 3740-2010.

Practical Completion Inspection

This is our most common inspection due to people not realising the value of independent inspections until they get to this stage, where they usually pretty concerned about the quality they are seeing.

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    This is our most common inspection due to people not realising the value of independent inspections until they get to this stage, where they usually pretty concerned about the quality they are seeing.

    Although it is never too late, the rectification of defects at this stage are usually of a cosmetic level with many other items already covered up.

    In contrast to this, homeowners who have engaged us from the start usually see a drastically reduced number of defects at this stage due to the builder paying more attention to the jobs that we are inspecting.

    This doesn’t go to say there won’t be defects though, we are yet to inspect a property where defects weren’t identified.

    We recommend this inspection is best to be completed after the builders clean has been done BUT before the date of actual handover; that way it gives you the chance to have items rectified without the emotional struggle of not getting your keys on the date of handover.

    What we look at, at this inspection stage, is a thorough check of:

    • All finishes and fixtures, both internal and external throughout the home, plaster finish; carpentry and joinery items; check door operation etc
    • Bathroom items function properly; taps are secure; plumbing connected and functioning; shower floor flooding to check water tightness
    • Kitchen items function properly; taps are secure; plumbing connected and functioning; check hot water (depending on utility status); bench tops are free from chips, cracks and scratches etc
    • Floor coverings for defects; carpet pulls; scratched timber or bamboo floors; drummy tiles; missed expansion joints; poor workmanship, etc
    • Quality and completeness of paint finish; poor coverage; chalky paint; poor plaster finish resulting in uneven surfaces etc
    • Window glazing and frames to ensure they are scratch and defect free, and operating correctly
    • Brickwork for cleanliness to make sure no damage has occurred in the acid + pressure cleaning process.

End of Defect Liability Period Inspection

This is your last chance to bring up any items with your builder that you would like rectified as part of the construction process so it is important to pay attention to the small things on this one.

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    Items which have failed or degraded after living in your home for 90 days.

    With this inspection we will sit down with you and take note of any items you have noticed and then we will do our own inspection on top of that.

    What we look for at this 90-day inspection stage, is:

    • Check all finishes and fixtures, both internal and external, throughout the home, plaster finish; carpentry and joinery items; check door operation
    • Check bathroom items continue to function properly, taps are still secure
    • Moisture meter check of the adjacent walls to the shower to ensure waterproofing membrane is sound
    • Check kitchen items function properly; taps are secure; plumbing connected and functioning, as required
    • Check floor coverings for advanced wear; carpet pulls by doors rubbing; drummy tiles; loose or missing areas of tile grout; missed expansion joints; poor workmanship, the list goes on
    • Check quality and completeness of paint finish; poor coverage; chalky paint; poor plaster finish resulting in uneven surfaces etc.
    • Check window glazing and frames to ensure they are scratch and defect free, and operating correctly.
Hear From Our Happy Clients
I first engaged South West Property Inspections early in 2021 where they completed multiple inspections over different stages of my building journey. The entire team from Melanie in the office to Damien and Michael who carried out my inspections were fantastic. The reports were always received on the same day the inspection was carried out and were easy to read, stated what the defect was along with photos and relevant building codes where applicable clearly stipulating any breaches identified.This next sentence is a positive reflection on South West Property Inspections despite the initial wording. However, unfortunately South West Property Inspections easily earned their worth by identifying defects and issues well over the price of their services. On that basis and what was outlined above, I'd have no qualms recommending South West Property Inspections to friends and family in the future and if the need arose I'll be sure to engage them again.
Jacob P.
Jacob P.
Just got my framework inspected yesterday and also received report in the afternoon. Very easy to deal with and prompt service and now have peace of mind with the progress of build. Will be booking them again for the next inspection. Highly recommended.
Bgabriel
Bgabriel
I would totally recommending South West to our friends and family, the service is amazing. Both the admin and inspector are very responsive and professional. Money worth spent especially as a first home buyer with no prior knowledge about building a house, using South West has given us piece of mind knowing we have an expert looking after our build.
Yuki K.
Yuki K.
After many years of grinding away we have been able to afford to build our dream home, being probably the most costly purchase one makes in their life it was only right we have our build inspected by a independent inspector. The team i have dealt with have been great and the reports have been worth every dollar spent. Looking forward to seeing this house come to life :) Thank you ( Mel, Karen, Damian & Michael )RegardsBima & Nadia
Volks2462
Volks2462
Absolutely fantastic service. Michael, thankyou for picking up on a leak anyone else would have missed. You were so professional in everyway and we are so grateful to you for your service!The Watsons
Matthew W.
Matthew W.
Had a very good experience. I called and was given good run down of the types of inspections. I selected the Practical Completion isnpection.The process itself was very smooth. I just filled the online form, made payments and thats it. They contacted the builder on my behalf, arrnaged everyting and sent out the report the same day.Very happy customer and would recommend.
Bharat M.
Bharat M.
We are currently building in South Penrith and have engaged South West for three of the five stages so far, we intend on doing every stage. I am blown away by the level of detail that the inspectors go into and how their turn around time has been same day for all three of the inspections so far.We saw South West recommended on a Facebook group and I can completely understand why now.
Josh J.
Josh J.
Great service. Prompt, friendly and informative. Damien clearly explained what was required in relation to getting a compliance certificate for our pool and what we needed to fix. Highly recommend this company.
Mills F.
Mills F.
Damian completed our Pool Compliance Inspection, he was very thorough and professional. South West Property Inspections were so easy to deal with and very responsive. Great experience would definitely recommend these guys.
Karen M.
Karen M.
The service was very well worth it! Everyone in the team was very professional, friendly and easy to deal with. The report was very detailedand well explained at the same time easy to understand which helps us a lot as we have limited knowledge on building a house. I would definitely recommend South West Property to everyone who is building their house.
Glaiza R.
Glaiza R.
We engaged South West Property Inspections for practical completion report of our newly constructed double storey house. I was really happy with the service provided by them and Darrin's job was excellent. During the inspection he asked for our concerns and explained the defects and issues in detail. I would highly recommend their service.
Rajkumar V.
Rajkumar V.
I requested a pre-purchase inspection through South West Property and I was really impressed with the attention to detail plus possible future problems highlighted within the report. in short real professional people who go above and beyond to meet Client's expectation.
atif N.
atif N.
We have used South West Property Inspections for both our pre-lining and PCI inspections. Both reports have provided us with large amounts of detail of what needs to be fixed up prior to us moving in or progressing with the build. Each time we have dealt with them they have been professional and it has been amazing value for money having them involved. Thankyou so much South West Property Inspections!
Rachel F.
Rachel F.
Michael is amazing; made time outside buisness hours to answer any and all questions (no doubt stupid ones as I'm completely clueless), took time to explain, quick, professional and courteous. Highly recommended.
Melanie K.
Melanie K.
Damian is a profesional who knows his job well. He came around in quick time within a couple of days after I contacted him to inspect my pool and gave me fixes needed. I I called him to confirm a couple of fixes and he provided the answers over the phone which I did. Good guy with manners and easy to deal with.
Jamie C.
Jamie C.
First Time Builder jitters are real.So, having a pair of trained and experienced eyes to go over the quality of our build was a top priority.I locked in Southwest Property Inspections after scouring over multitude of building forums and reading so many positive reviews for them.We’ve had 3 inspections so far (with 2 more to go) and I’m very happy with the clear and thorough presentation of their findings with plenty of pictures of the house.Their availability to explain and clarify any questions about the reports was great too.Damian and his team(Michael, Darrin, Mel) have excellent work ethics and went the extra mile to meet some of my requests. I would highly recommend them to anyone that wants that extra peace of mind with their build/home.
Rajya
Rajya
Requested a building and pest inspection, very quick to book in and perform. Detailed and professional report, very happy with the service, thank you.
Keshia A
Keshia A
we chose south west property inspection for our build so far very happy with their service.
Travel C.
Travel C.
Damian was very responsive to attend my property. Gave me his professional guidance and returned days later to oversee the required changes and issued me with compliance certificate.
Peter P.
Peter P.
Michael inspected our house within a few days of enquiring! The report was provided on the day and very detailed! I recommend going with them for a property inspection so that you know what work needs to be done on your home to prevent small problems becoming major and irreversible issues!
Anon P.
Anon P.
I required a pre purchase residential building + pest inspection report for Camden area and found this company. Not being from the area I did not know any businesses however after reading other reviews this one seemed to have highly positive feedback. I required a fast turn around and so I made contact on a Saturday to see if they had time early the following week to complete the inspection and report. They responded the same day and stated they could so I pre paid and booked online. The booking process was very simple and informative about what you were paying for. Monday afternoon the complete report was emailed to me and was extremely detailed and in simple terms for those not experienced with dwellings. I had a question about the report and I got a response almost instantly back which was outside business hours. They might not be the cheapest but you definitely get what you pay for. I can not recommend this business enough to other persons in the process of buying a home in the Camden area. Extremely happy from start to end.
Stephen P.
Stephen P.
Big thanks to South West Property Inspections for all your help throughout our build. The service was great and the reports were really clear, prompt and insightful, giving us peace of mind on the quality of our new house. Would definitely recommend to anyone
David 0
David 0
My partner and I requested an inspection on a Wednesday, the report was conducted, written up & sent back to us by Thursday 6pm.We received an extremely detailed report within an efficient time frame, for this, we could not recommend South West Property Inspections more.
Naomi E.
Naomi E.
This is our first build and so having an independent inspection was a must. Michael, Damien and the whole team at South West have been fantastic. We used them during the 4 stages of the build and I'll also be using them at handover. The reports were emailed to me the same day of the inspection and were detailed and thorough. We especially loved the aerial shots of our house!I have recommended South West to friends who are building and will continue to do so. Looking forward to completing our building journey with them til PCI!
Hoda S
Hoda S
Just wanted to thank Michael, Justin, Damian and Melaine for the inspection on our new house. From my initial enquiry with Damian, this entire process has been faultless.Your communication is excellent and the level of detail you went through the inspection certainly put us, as first time buyers at ease and provided peace of mind. You explained everything in a way that could be easily understood.Your team comes highly recommended and that was very clear today. We will not hesitate to recommend Southwest Property Inspections to our friends and family.
Richard M.
Richard M.
Had the guys come out on the day of our PCI for our new build. The booking process was easy, with excellent communication.They gave us a full report of the noted defects by about 6pm that same day.We really appreciated the attention to detail they provided us with in their inspection, money well spent for peace of mind.
Nesha K.
Nesha K.
Impeccable service. Detailed reports. Very helpful and insightful. Great to work with.
Alex C.
Alex C.
I recently contracted South West Property Inspections to perform Frame Stage inspection for my newly constructing home. The building inspector Michael Citroni was professional, meticulous, and courteous.I was especially happy that Michael took the time to explain everything to me including why he was specifically inspecting something and the implications of his findings. In addition, Michael was extremely thorough and received a comprehensive report with all the photos. Finally, the report was prepared within 6 hours.I recommend South West Property Inspections to anyone who needs a building inspection. In my dealings with the company, they provided a professional and competent service, and the staff I dealt with (including an over-the-phone) were polite and friendly. Thank you especially to Michael for such a detailed report and for explaining everything.
Shiju P
Shiju P
Darrin came out to inspect a house that we've just purchased and I couldn't be happier with the service provided. The inspection was very thorough and the turnaround of the report was quick without compromising on quality. I definitely recommend!
Stephanie Z.
Stephanie Z.
Was able to complete all bookings for the service online and the inspection was booked to be undertaken within 4 days. The report was very thorough with photos of all parts of the house in detail. Would definitely recommend this company for your pest and building inspection
Clare M.
Clare M.
The detailed inspection review gives peace of mind.The report is in detail in every bit. Thanks a lot Michael.Recommended ☺️.
kiranjith T.
kiranjith T.
We were very impressed with Michael's attention to detail. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable. We received a detailed report that same day.Highly recommend South West Property Inspections.
Susan
Susan
Had Michael come out today for our building inspection. We are very pleased with the inspection. All issues were explained thoroughly and the report was sent within hours. We would highly recommend South West Property Inspection.
Kenny
Kenny
I read the review and availed their services.I highly recommend them. Very professional services.
Ashar K.
Ashar K.
excellent service
Chaminda W.
Chaminda W.
They managed to somehow find a next-day slot for inspecting my under-construction house's frame and very rapidly produced a professional report. Would continue using their services for sure.
Mohsin M.
Mohsin M.
Satisfied with highly professional and affordable service.
Sunil J.
Sunil J.
I have never had or seen such a thorough report. Everything was photographed and every minor detail pick up on. I would not hesitate to use them again.
Daniel M.
Daniel M.
Excellent service from the entire team, highly recommend.
Karma S.
Karma S.
They very professional, quick service, very honest , perfect report about every single details .. thanks so much for the best service you offered and I strongly recommend them to anyone wants the best service 👍👍
N Y
N Y
South West Property Inspections completed my practical completion inspection for my new build. A thorough inspection and detailed report which we received the same day! Damian answered all my questions with knowledge and professionalism. I highly recommend using South West Property Inspections - worth every single cent for peace mind!
Carly Z.
Carly Z.
Damian assisted us with a build & pest report on a home we are looking to purchase. Not only did he have the report to us the same day, but it is extremely detailed and very easy to read and understand. Highly efficient! We will recommend South West Property Inspections to everyone we know.
Dale K.
Dale K.
Damien has an appetite for details.He is the best investment you can do for your dream house.He has very sharp eyes and dosent miss a thing.Very professional.Will use him again, please wait for my call.
Anesh C.
Anesh C.
Detailed inspection and report with pictures. Highly recommended.
Muhammad Fahad A.
Muhammad Fahad A.
Damian has an eye for detail.He completed inspections for us throughout the build and did a fantastic job.He always turned up when he said he would and reports sent out the same day.Damian was knowledgeable and answered all our questions even between inspections.Complete professional and thorough job done on each inspection, and would highly recommend his services.
mossy M.
mossy M.
I feel very lucky myself that I found Damian to inspect my new house construction . He did my frame work inspection. Report is very detailed and easy to understand. I am very confident my future inspections will be great too. Damian is very polite and knowledgeable .. Excellent service.
vipul P.
vipul P.
Currently building a new home for the first time and whilst the builder has their own inspections we wanted a more impartial assessment to ensure we didn't miss anything during all the stages.Found a lot of people online recommending South West Property Inspections. I sent of a quick Facebook message and received a reply the same evening. By the next day we had booked the first inspection which turns out was only a few days away.Damian liaised with our Site Supervisor and we received a full report the same day of the inspection. Its made us feel much more secure that any potential issues or mistakes will be picked up before they impact us.Cant wait for the build to complete knowing that we will be well looked after by Damian and his team.
Alex M
Alex M
We contacted Damien to certify our pool under the new rules. He was on time, professional, explained everything we needed to fix so we understood. We did the work, he returned 2 weeks later to finish the certification - no problems. Lovely guy, always has a smile on his face & is very helpful & professional. Thank you so much
Me P.
Me P.
Damien was polite efficient and informative. Would highly recommend.
David W.
David W.
I had a pre-lining inspection and they prepared a very detailed report highlighting all possible issues. They include pictures from inside and outside (including a drone for the roof and surrounds). The report was received the same day.They are very professional and courteous. I can highly recommend South West Property Inspections. Thank you Darrin and Damian.
Nadiem P.
Nadiem P.
Great, thorough inspection.
Tony M.
Tony M.
My wife and I used Damian to complete a pre- purchase inspection of our first home. He was efficient and the report was extremely detailed which gave a great confidence in buying.
Cemalettin I.
Cemalettin I.
Thanks Damian for the very detail inspection reports and impressed with the finding that I will never notice!
Reynold H.
Reynold H.
Good communication. Professional detailed report with pictures promptly sent after each inspections, recommended. Thanks to Damian and Darrin.
NARIDA S
NARIDA S
Damian was professional and extremely helpful in ensuring our pool fencing and surrounds complied with the regulations for our compliance certificate. Based on this experience, I would highly recommend SWP Inspections to anyone needing a compliance certificate.
Denise R.
Denise R.
Professional and friendly service. Damian was so prompt and easy to deal with. As first home buyers, we had no idea what to do or what to expect and he was there to help.
Mariah F.
Mariah F.
Damien has outlined numerous issues with our build, that we could not found out during our PCI. Thank you so much for your efforts Damian. Really appreciate your help.
Prashan J.
Prashan J.
I wouldn't build a house without engaging Damian from when ground is first broken. He is responsive, detailed and always happy to help. His reports gave us the details and confidence to call our builder out on a number of occasions with both structural issues to cosmetic touch ups. He is happy to answer questions and provide solutions to the issues he finds.
Casey T.
Casey T.
What a great service wish our report wasn’t so bad but I just like to thank the guys at Southwest property inspections for the expertise and preventing us from moving into a house That is not safe to be lived in thanks again guys for your help
anthony K.
anthony K.
Professional and courteous, extremely helpful. Damian's expertise is second to none. Thank you for your assistance and advise. Highly recommended
Denise M.
Denise M.
Darrin is professional to deal with and thorough with the inspection and reporting. Highly recommending Southwest Property Inspections.
Francis N.
Francis N.
Damian is very thorough and any penny spent getting his expertise is worth.High recommend!
Nitin M.
Nitin M.
Very professional to deal with. Got the report to me the night of the inspection. Was happy to answer any of my questions. Highly recommend, would definitely use again. Lovely and helpful guy as well
Matthew B.
Matthew B.
South West Property Inspections conducted an Inspection on our home before settlement on our newly built home with a reputable Building Company.We were amazed to find the number of defects and imperfections picked up in the Inspection report that South West Property Inspections had found.Their report was detailed and thorough, the inspector (Damian) was very professional and courteous. If we had not had the inspection carried out we believe the builder would of simply dismissed the defects or avoided rectifying the imperfections had we proceeded without the inspection report from South West Property Inspections.We sincerely recommend South West Property Inspections to anyone who is building or buying a new home, you should not finalise the purchase without it.
Nahrain R.
Nahrain R.
Damian was very helpful and quite detailed in his report.He took his time with the inspection, made me feel very confident in our final stage. Highly recommend these guys.
Vanessa S.
Vanessa S.
Damian, was courteous, professional and very patient; had to come along to our property twice and I had to change on him the date of the inspection three times until my builder was ready for the inspection! Damian's understanding didn't waiver and he was very accommodating. His inspection report was detailed and spotted many things we missed ourselves that the builder is working on fixing. Would recommend him for sure. He even was more than happy to send me a cool photo of my house that he took with a drone that I asked for the Hi-resolution version that I saw in the report :-)
Gaith B.
Gaith B.
Great communication! We just had our pre-lining inspection for our knockdown rebuild. Very prompt report by email and also a facebook message to answer some questions. Will be using again for final inspection.
Holly U.
Holly U.
Great customer service, quick turn over with providing report that was very detailed. Would use again.
Gemma M.
Gemma M.
Would highly recommend Damian. Communication was great and he picked up on a lot of things us first home buyers wouldn't even think of looking for.
Hayley A.
Hayley A.
I would highly recommend Damian and use his services again. He was very efficient, and helpful and provided a detailed report on the same day. He was fantastic and was able to answer all my questions. I am very happy with his service and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to do an inspection.
carmel R.
carmel R.
Damian did a great inspection work for my house. The report provided is also very detailed . He is also fast to response . Besides, the service fee is also very reasonable .I highly recommend him to anyone who need assistance on house inspection at all stages.
k k
k k
Damian was fantastic. Contacted him on Tuesday afternoon and he had completed an inspection on my own home by Wednesday morning and then the report was in my inbox by 2pm the same day. Highly recommended. I will be using Damian's services again.
Peter B.
Peter B.
I would highly recommend. Great communication, fantastic price. We received a verbal report over the phone and the written report within the day. 5 star service
Steamatic A.
Steamatic A.
Damien is super helpful and efficient. We got booked in the next day and the report was done on the same day. Couldn’t be happier about it. He’s very patient too in that he’d happy to answer all the questions you may have. Highly recommended! Thanks Damien!
Chelsea M.
Chelsea M.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone else that is after an inspection.Have been amazingly helpful and great with communication. Will look to use for any future properties.
Manda S
Manda S
Damian is a fantastic building and pest inspector- he booked us in quickly, was great at communicating findings straight after the inspection and got the report to us in less than a day. He’s extremely knowledgeable, thorough and friendly. We highly recommend his services (he covers pretty much all of Sydney) and we wouldn’t use anyone else, thank you Damian!
Steph B.
Steph B.
I am using southwest property inspection..He just finished frame stage inspection.Happy to see the detailed report .Highly recommended.
Moshiur R.
Moshiur R.
I contacted Damian for a property I wanted to purchase on a Friday evening after business hours. Damian went out of his way to respond and give me the information I needed to complete the pest and building report outside of business hours.The report was completed on the Monday morning as my cooling off period was due to expire on the Tuesday.Not only was the report highly detailed with the right information required to proceed with purchasing the property, my expectations were exceeded by the high level of communication and service.Thank you again Damian.
Jason H.
Jason H.

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