This Perth building boom has only just begun, and we are already seeing problems. Recently we completed a new home inspection where the wrong internal door frames were installed to the whole house – yep! Every single door!
We also inspected a home where some room sizes were built incorrect, and we are already seeing new home construction delays due to trade and material availability. There is currently a shortage of white melamine in WA, which is delaying the installation of kitchen cabinets in many new homes.
What a Building Boom Actually Means
In our experience, a building boom is terrible timing for anyone building a home. It’s much better to build when the builders have access to their best trades and a steady flow of materials. However, we can appreciate for some people there has never been a better time to build. This government stimulus has made it more affordable than ever for people to build their dream home in Perth.
Unfortunately, we are already seeing corners being cut. Probably one of the more alarming issues we have seen recently was a concrete ground slab that was poured where the builder did not compact the foundation material. This is a vital step before your slab is poured! Without this, major problems down the track like subsidence and structural cracking can take place.
Expectations Vs Reality
People expect their new home to be built to their expectations within a reasonable timeframe and without issues down the track. For this to happen in the current building boom you will need to monitor, check and manage all aspects of your build very closely. We understand that on top of work commitments, children/family life, social life and now a house build, being onsite during important stages of your build might not be possible.
So if you’re not up to doing these checks yourself and want some expert help and guidance, you should consider having the team of inspectors at Home Integrity monitor and check all aspects on your behalf, so you don’t have to.
Where there are issues Home Integrity can speak to your builder in a language they understand. This will minimise any potential conflict between you and your builder. It’s nice to have an expert in your corner to help you along the way.
“We had a number of building inspections done throughout our build with Home Integrity, and we couldn’t recommend it more. Being new to the building process and finding it difficult to navigate, we found it stressful until we brought Home Integrity on board, and we were able to relax knowing that we would have qualified builders ensuring that things were done properly at the most important stages. Communication was excellent, the inspector was flexible in working around schedules and the reports were extremely thorough and helpful. You will thank yourself later – highly recommend.” Megan from North Beach
We recommend inspections at all key building milestone stages and in this process, we can be your advocate. Throughout the complete inspections at the key milestone stages, we check hundreds of items often taking over 20 hours to complete all inspections.
We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate this once in a 40-year building boom. If you are ready to take action and be proactive about the quality of your build, book your first inspection or call us on 08 6184 5624 to talk through the stages of your build with Home Integrity being your partner through this process.