Building A New House
Nov 25, 2021 9:26 pm
I'm building with Kaplan homes and the experience has been fabulous up to now. Throughout the build I felt that they really care about our requirements and our house.
Now they are about to finish the build and provided me with a date for PCI. After the PCI, they'll take 10 days to rectify any problems that we found, and the handover will be at the end of those 10 days. All is good up to this.
Given it's a very standard practice to have a private inspector for PCI (as repeatedly explained in other forums), I rang Kaplan homes and informed them that I'll be arranging a private inspector as well. Surprisingly they were against having a private inspector on the PCI day. What they suggest is to have the private inspector on handover day. Their rationale is that private inspectors will only pick very minor things (like paint) that they'll anyway be fixing before handover (after PCI), so them having to attend to a list by a private inspector is a waste of (their) time and (my) money.
What they suggest is to have the private inspection on handover. But this means if private inspector finds something, that'll only be fixed under the warranty (not under the 10 days of fix time after PCI). I have heard too many horror stories on trying to get things repaired under the warranty period. But as per Kaplan homes, they do attend all claims very fast (obviously they'll say that ).
What's more surprising to me is that in all the times I used a private inspector in previous stages, there was no push-back and they were very happy to accommodate the inspection. So I don't think they are trying to do anything "bad" here. But this does not seems to be the standard approach as well.
Any advice on how to handle this is highly appreciated. ( My current plan is to buy https://anewhouse.com.au/sample-page/pci-guide/ and do a thorough review myself on PCI day, and hire a private inspector for handover).
Thank you in advance!
Re: Weird Kaplan homes PCI (new home inspection) requirement3
Nov 26, 2021 11:32 am
Dont get distracted by bits of blue tape on cosmetic paint blemishes that will be quickly touched up later. This is the builders' 'theatre' of PCI. Focus on the main game. Get a professional inspection at PCI time. Agree the inspection scope. Check all measurements are correct per the plans, floors, walls, bulkheads, windows, doors, ceilings are level, straight, plumb, brickwork, tiles, colourbond, gutters etc also. Check all fittings and appliances are correct, are installed correctly, and work...Take all day if you have to. Dont agree to practical completion status if any major things are not right.
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