Mar 25, 2020 7:04 am
We are approaching the final few weeks of our build, with certificate of occupancy hopefully next week...
We have already been informed by the builder that under the new measures “We will be carrying out a virtual inspection where the supervisor and a senior construction manager will carry out a Quality Assurance Inspection and take photographs of items to be resolved. A report will be forwarded to you and this will form the basis for settlement.”
Basically we don’t get to inspect the property in person until handover, which is also under restrictions, but will be supplied with their photos.
I have expressed my concern and was ‘reassured’ that handover is not the end of it, that we have until the end of 6 months to raise any concerns or faults. I know from experience the follow up after handover is always their lowest priority.
Can they just decide this?
Surely we could inspect our house at an agreed time with the SS only having to unlock the door and not be in the rooms with us?
We also have the added concern that we may not get handover before the state/country is in total lockdown, meaning we are paying out both rent and basically a full mortgage for longer than anticipated - potentially months?
There is so much uncertainty.
Second Time 'Round
Re: COVID-19 Restrictions2
Mar 25, 2020 9:01 am
I don’t think anyone will be able to give you advice on whether or not they can just decide this as this current economic situation is unprecedented.
However, I do not see why they wouldn’t allow you to do a walkthrough by yourselves - the only issue they may bring up or base their reasoning on this is due to potential owner damage from being unsupervised throughout the walkthrough (stupid I know, but they’ll use anything I suppose).
I personally wouldn’t be comfortable without the final walkthrough to get issues fixed prior to the handover period, as you said, handover periods are usually their least priority time as they don’t make any money.
Re: COVID-19 Restrictions3
Mar 27, 2020 9:58 pm
We are approaching our pci in three weeks and our builder has said that it will still be in the house with us and the supervisor. I certainly wouldn't agree to pay the final invoice on someone else's word. We had a broken window no-one noticed or said anything about until I sent the supervisor a photo and then he got it fixed but it would have gone unfixed and then been my responsibility.
Follow our build - https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=97258&p=1860467#p1860467
Re: COVID-19 Restrictions4
Mar 29, 2020 1:41 pm
I could be pretty sure that their contractors on site had more than one person working at a time. And that they had some level of supervision of that contract work. And the building industry continues working as far as I know.
COVID-19 does not mean that contractual requirements are negated - unless there is legislation or regulation that say they are. If it is in your contract you can demand it. You might offer to wear a face mask and gloves - and their SS might do the same - and also ensure you and they maintain social distancing - and ensure them you have not been diagnosed with COVID or have any symptoms or are under quarantine requirements. That is reasonable.
It sounds like their processes allow two people to do the inspection. No reason why one of them shouldn't be you.
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