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Preparing For Your Practical Completion Inspection

A Practical Completion Inspection (or PCI as commonly referred to) is a critical phase in the construction process of building a home. It is a comprehensive examination of the property to assess whether your home has been completed according to the approved plans, specifications, and relevant building standards. The PCI ensures that the property is safe, functional, and meets the expected quality standards. 

Here's how you can prepare for your PCI:

Understand the Process

Start by familiarising yourself with the PCI process. This includes knowing the specific criteria that will be assessed, the timing of the inspection, and the role of the building inspector or builder.

Review your Build Plans

Gather and review all the relevant documentation, including your floor plans, specifications and build contract.  This will help you understand what to expect during the inspection and ensure that the construction aligns with the approved plans.

Attend the Inspection

It's highly recommended that you attend the inspection in person (if possible, invite a partner or close friend to accompany you to provide their observations and a second opinion). Attending the inspection in person will allows you to ask questions, gain insights into your new home, and understand the findings of the inspector. It's also an opportunity to address any concerns or questions you may have. 

(Optional) Engage an Independent Inspector

If you're uncertain about your ability to assess the property thoroughly, you may consider hiring an independent building inspector. They can provide an unbiased evaluation and ensure that no detail is overlooked. Their expertise can be invaluable in identifying potential issues.

Address Defects and Issues

If the inspector identifies any defects, issues, or areas of non-compliance during the inspection, work with your builder to address and rectify these concerns within the specified timeframe.

Final Walkthrough

After the defects have been rectified, consider conducting a final walkthrough with the builder to ensure that all issues have been satisfactorily resolved.

Obtain a Written Report

Ensure that you receive a written report from the building inspector or builder, detailing the findings of the Practical Completion Inspection, including any defects or concerns that were identified.

By being actively involved in the PCI process and taking the steps to prepare, you can make the most of this crucial stage in your home construction. The inspection ensures that your investment is not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe and fully functional. It provides you with the confidence and peace of mind you need as you prepare to take possession of your new home.

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