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Independent Practical Completion Inspection (PCI)

Practical Completion Inspection also known as (PCI) or handover inspection is an inspection of the building work done on your new home just prior to you taking possession of your property from the builder.

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What We Inspect



  • Front elevation and general layout is in accordance with the plans​
  • Workmanship follows Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards
  • Roof Cover.
  • Ridge cap,
  • Valleys,
  • Flashings,
  • Gutters,
  • Down pipes,
  • Soakwells,
  • Connections,
  • Gables, Eaves
  • External Walls.
  • Brickwork,
  • Render,
  • Cladding,
  • Lintels,
  • External Windows,
  • Flyscreens,
  • External Taps
  • Outside areas.
  • External stairs,
  • External balconies,
  • External balustrades,
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Patio
  • Verandah,
  • Pergolas,
  • Alfrescos,
  • Sheds,
  • Paving,
  • Driveway,
  • Crossover,
  • Verge,
  • Fences


Detailed Report with Photos

  • We issue a detailed Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) report along with images and even video content. Our reports are customised for your property and will not be a standard report, after all how can it be? Each build is completely unique and as such, should be treated that way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Practical Completion Inspection?

The PCI is a reconciliation of the major construction items with a focus on the finish of key items in the construction. 

Practical Completion Inspection also known as (PCI) or handover inspection is an inspection of the building work done on your new home just prior to you taking possession of your property from the builder.

A PCI is an important and not to be ignored report carried out on a newly build home, when a build reached practical completion, the builder or building supervisor should let you know. The point of a PCI is not to pick on the builder, finding bad workmanship will be flagged as well as any other defect found including the cleanliness and state of the home, the main purpose is to determine if the home is free of major defects, is safe, and is fit for occupation.

Although we highly recommend you also perform a construction progress inspection at each stage of the build, if you just want a PCI at the conclusion of the build, this is still a very valuable tool to ensure the build quality is up to scratch. We are able to find defects, workmanship quality, allowable tolerances, and more.

Do you perform same-day inspections?

Yes. Our entire business model is focused on getting you the highest quality practical completion inspection reports within 24 hours. That’s the WA Building Inspection difference.

How much does a practical completion inspection cost?

Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) costs $475 Including GST

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When is a practical completion inspection required?

At the completion of the build, right before you take possession of the house from the builder.

What Do You Include in the Report?

We document our finding, defects and commentary in plain-english. Our practical completion inspection report also includes comprehensive and full photo reports.

If I have done construction progress reports, do I still need a PCI?

The PCI is not designed to replace the checks conducted during the various construction stage inspections, given time restrictions that often exist at many PCI’s and the fact that many of the constructed items are no longer visible at the PCI stage, the ability to check an item may be severely restricted or compromised. As such, although a PCI is a vital inspection, it is strongly recommended that construction progress inspection is considered for any build.

Other Building Inspections

Defects and Liability Report

Our defects and liability report ensures the builder is liable for any defects uncovered. The builder is liable to remediate defects (at no cost to the client) uncovered during an inspection.

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Construction Progress Inspection

By completing inspections during each stage of construction, issues and defects can be identified and resolved before it becomes too late and potentially costly.

Dilapidation and Comparison Report

Dilapidation reports capture the visible structural condition of a property prior to nearby or neighbouring renovation works, construction or excavation being carried out.

Our Customers

“What I loved most was when Russell said “no such thing as a basic building inspection” he said “it’s comprehensive because it MUST be comprehensive” – His report was littered with maintenance items and pointed out some major safety issues with the house that we have certainly missed, we eventually purchased the home and the items rectified at the seller expense – 5 Stars Russ – Well done”
Lilly – Burns Beach, Perth

“Russell did an extremely detailed building and pest inspection on a property in Hillman we were looking to buy, the report highlighted some major defects and led to us being able to pull out of the contract, I used Russell again on another property and the report was just as detailed, he settled our concerns and we ended up buying the home, Russell has since been able to assist us with council approvals for upcoming renovations, costings and trades, he has demonstrated over and over that he will go the extra mile, we are not just a number, that he is with us for the long run. I could not recommend him enough.”
Mathew – Hillman, Perth

“Service far beyond just the report, working with the agent, the tenants who were in the home, collecting keys, dropping them off, the 45 minute consultation once the report was done and for no extra cost – money well spent, I felt satisfied I used an inspector as detailed as WA Building inspections.”
Sarah – Nedlands, Perth

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