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Completion Inspection Report

Why a completion report

It's tempting to assume that new construction is sound construction. Make no mistake that is not always the case. With the trend to minimize cost and meet stringy time constraints, quality can diminish.

A completion report is an exceedingly comprehensive post construction inspection. The report will aim at identifying all defects, incomplete works and/or shoddy finishes. Any major or minor assessed defects or deteriorating conditions will be noted; hence giving the purchaser a valid opportunity to demand of the builder, the completion or rectification of the works, to the level of quality expected of new construction.

REMEMBER: “Built-in defects can range from minor to very serious. Even minor defects can lead to major problems”. This is your only opportunity to obtain the level of quality expected of your new home or building.

 What will the inspection cover?

The general steps involved in a completion inspection are as follows:


  • The foundation is the most important item of the house and the least attended to. It keeps the integrity of the property together. Starting with the general construction of the foundation and depending on the type of foundation, we check for slab exposure, ventilation or lack of it, and crawl space or lack of it. We take good note of signs of distress in the exterior wall structure, around doors, windows and other penetrations, and in the foundation structure itself. We look for proper/improper supporting materials. We check drainage around the property, and look for ponding and negative drainage. All these observations and phenomenon yields us to reach valuable decisions and conclusions.


  • As we move on, depending on the type of roof, we take a closer look at the condition of the roof, and pay particular attention to flooding, deterioration, the chimney, skylights and other penetrations. The inspection of the roof will depend on weather conditions, pitch and height of the roof and other safety considerations. We check the guttering system, downpipes, valleys, flashings, eaves, fascia boards, bargeboards, and determine the extent of any externally rotted or damaged materials.


  • The next step will be to inspect porches, decks, steps, balconies and even carports for structural performance and general condition of visible footings, joists, decking, railings and attachment points, where applicable. The inspector will look for proper materials, conditions, and attachments.


  • Here the inspector will observe the visible components and structure of the chimney and fireplace as well as the flashings at the roof to detect any water leaks.


  • The roof space is an area which may go neglected for years. Here the inspector will crawl inside the roof and assess the general condition of the roof framing, roof covering, insulation, sarking or party/dividing walls.


  • This section includes the observation of the deficiencies in the exterior walls as it relates to the structural performance and water penetration as well as to observe and report on the condition and operation of the exterior doors and garage doors. The inspector also checks the condition of the windows, and doors. The inspector will also look for signs of distress.
  • The inspector will assess the condition of the driveway and paths around the dwelling. The presence of damp proof coursing is prudent to protect the house against rising damp, and surface water drainage (where does the rain water flow) is always commented on.


  • Looking at the interior structure, the inspector will observe any deficiencies in the walls, ceilings, and floors as related to the structural performance and water penetration. Operation of accessible doors and inspection of steps, stairways, balconies, and railings is also included in this section. A check-up of the bathrooms/shower recess, laundry and toilets are included in the internal inspection.


  • The inspector will inspect the type, condition, installation, operation and presence of back-flow and water hammer of accessible and visible fixtures. Water supply, waste water, and vent pipes are observed for type and condition. Toilet pans are inspected for cracks, proper mounting, and leaks. Accessible supply, drain pipes and shower recesses are checked for leaks.


  • A complete inspection will be performed on all outer structures (garage, shed, etc.) for structural performance, water penetration, roofing material, external walls guttering etc


  • This section includes comments on the hot-water system (type and age/condition), presence/or not of smoke detectors, a general/honest inspection of the electrical meter box, visible plumbing and any other services that may exist in the house.
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