Day 261: Final (Pre-Handover) Inspection

26 07 2013

home-final-inspectionWe originally had booked in for the final pre-handover inspection on Wednesday, but Metricon had to move it to today (Friday) as they wanted to get more painting fixes done before presenting to us.

It was busy at the house when we arrived with Simon, our Site Manager going over things with one of Metricon’s QA guys (Mick).  Theo from New Home Inspections (who was doing our independent inspection) was also there, and a few tradies doing maintenance works such as putting locks on doors.

Its been a few weeks since we have been inside the house and it was very exciting to see that we are so close to finishing. Having an independent inspector was good as he would pick up any structural or building regulation issues which we would not know about.  Theo did pick up a few items, one of the major ones was the surface finish and cracks in the garage which will need to be topped up with more cement concrete.

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Armed with a box of red dots, we went through the house with Simon inspecting the finishes.  Anywhere we found a fault (eg paint blemish, cracks, holes, damage etc) we put a red dot so they can be fixed prior to PCI (Practical Completion Inspection). Metricon will have a combined list of defects from their QA person, New Home Inspections Report and our list of defects to fix next week.

It was good to see Simon pick up a few issues as well as it shows he wants us to have a quality house.  Some of the defects we found included:

  • Scratches in floorboard (hopefully these can be fixed up well).
  • Damaged fly wire screens.
  • Front door lock mechanism needed adjusting.
  • Light switch not working
  • Power switch plate had a white plate when it should have been a metal/chrome plate.
  • Scratch in powder room mirror.

Early next week will also see the final electrical items go in, including all the kitchen appliances, hot water system, outdoor fan and ducted vacuum.

Here’s a few photos we took today:

Our pretty house!!

Our pretty house!!

Pillar lights

Pillar lights

Pillar Lights from another angle

Pillar Lights from another angle

Today was the first time we saw the stain on the stairs which has definitely finished off the stairs quite well.

Stained stairs

Stained stairs

Close up of stairs

Close up of stairs

View of the stairs from above

View of the stairs from above

View of stairs from leisure room.

View of stairs from leisure room.

Bi-fold doors complete with door handle

Bi-fold doors complete with door handle

Close up of door handle on bi-fold

Close up of door handle on bi-fold

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Lock and handle on sliding door to powder room

Lock and handle on sliding door to powder room

Study 'feature' door now complete with handle

Study ‘feature’ door now complete with handle

Balcony

Balcony complete with wire balustrades

Some of the dots throughout the house indicating some maintenance need

Some of the dots throughout the house indicating a defect

Aircon unit

Aircon unit

Speaking with Simon, we are his last house in the Northern Suburbs.  Due to some changes at Metricon he is now working out in the East (around the Wantirna area).  Whoever has him now will be in good hands.

We also got the final invoice from Metricon’s office today.

We need to start packing soon….

C&K

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10 responses

27 07 2013
johannemarias

Looks great. I love the stairs and bifold doors.

27 07 2013
Denise

The house is looking great. Just have a quick question about the stairs. We also need to stain our staircase, however Metricon told us that they would not do it and that it would need to be done after handover. Can you tell us if Metricon stained the stairs or who did? Also did you negotiate to get the stairs stained at the same time as the doors? Great job! Thanks.

28 07 2013
ournolanhome

Hi Denise,

We did get Metricon to do the staining of the stairs. I later found out that this is something they don’t normally do and that we were ‘lucky’ to get this included.

Not sure why this isn’t something they do as standard.

C&K

27 07 2013
ev

Almost there! Your house is looking amazing! We demolished last week and are getting final M building plans next week. Again, your posts have been very valuable as we navigate the building and Metricon world.

28 07 2013
ournolanhome

Hi Ev,

We have learned heaps throughout this process and we are glad that our journey has helped you.

Good luck on your build, and hope it goes well.

C&K

27 07 2013
Andrew

Looking good guys, not long now. Next big project is the landscaping which will even take your place to a new level. Good luck.

28 07 2013
ournolanhome

Hi Andrew,

Yes, landscaping is next. Getting quotes now.

C&K

28 07 2013
Mandy

Looks fantastic

16 09 2013
Nimitz

Congratulations on your new house, looks great! 🙂

I was wondering how you found Theo from NHI? We’ve previously dealt with Kevin who was great so just wondering how you found Theo.

Thank you.

16 09 2013
Chris Chan

Hi,

I had no issues with Theo. Found him to be thorough and responsive to any followup questions. I met him once whilst and I was there he went through a few of the items he picked up with me so I understood the problem and possible fixes.

Chris

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