What Is A Handover Report And Do You Really Need One?

Having your own home built from the ground up is an exciting project to undertake, but it's not without its stresses.  How can you be sure that the quality of your building contractor's work is up to scratch and that your new home is safe and sound?  The only way to be sure of this is by having your new-build inspected by a company like Jeffrey Hills and Associates and noting the comments given in the consultant's handover report.  Read on to find out more.   

What's in the handover report?

When your consultant issues a handover report, he does so to confirm that the building is 'suitable for habitation', i.e. the home is water and weather-proof, and it has power.  Once you are in possession of the handover report, you can pay for the property, safe in the knowledge that everything is as it should be.

The report will come with any certificates issued by the builder, as well as any reports, notices or documents issued by utilities providers, for example, sewerage, water, gas, electricity and telephone.  If any appliances are to be supplied with your new home, warranties for these will be included with the report.

What happens during a handover inspection?

The contents of the handover report are based on the findings of the consultant during his building handover inspection.  You shouldn't hand over any cash for the build until you're happy with the contents of the report.  The handover inspection takes place over four main stages.

Base stage

The base stage of the report is compiled immediately before the house foundations are laid.

Frame stage

The frame stage of the report is put together on inspection of the building frame, but before the internal wall linings are constructed.

Lock-up stage

The lock-up stage of the report is compiled following installation of the external doors and windows, and after the roof has been put on.

Pre-painting stage

As the name suggests, this part of the report is compiled following inspection of the completed building, including cabinetry, but before it has been painted.

When the building has been completed and a final clean carried out, the consultant will carry out a final inspection of the whole premises.  Any defects will be recorded in the handover report and the builder will be asked to provide you with a warranty that these defects will be rectified during the following year.  A further warranty inspection will be carried out after this time to make sure that the defects have been fixed to your satisfaction.

In conclusion

If you are embarking on a new-build project, be sure to discuss your handover requirements with a building inspection consultancy firm prior to instructing construction contractors to commence work.