What is an End of Warranty Report?
An End of Warranty Report is a consolidated list of any reasonable building defects found after building work has been completed, but before the expiry of the builder's warranty period. The usual period of cover for Home Owners Warranty is 6 years for major issues and 2 years for minor problems. This means you can ask the contractor to fix up any
reasonable issue within these times so long as you comply with the terms
of the insurance policy.
In some cases, further information may
be necessary to work out who is a fault. For instance, most experienced
building consultants will want to look at the approved drawings and
specification before they make any final decision on faulty detailing or
waterproofing. In other instances, it may be necessary to remove
tiling, brickwork or linings to verify why the work is actually
defective or incomplete. These further investigations reduce the risk of
wasting considerable money on poorly founded legal action.
Reasonable contractors will return and fix most things. In some cases
you may need to get help from the insurer to pressure the contractor to
return. Or, at worst, you will need to lodge an insurance claim if the
contractor is uncooperative, no longer trading or can't be found.
A specially trained building consultant. This consultant
should preferably be the same person who carried out the Final Report
prior to your final payment to contractor.
Prior to the
inspection being carried out you can advise the building consultant of
anything you already know about such as noisy pipework, leaking box
gutter or faulty garage roller door. Your building consultant will then
carefully review this list, inspect the works and add other issues such
as corroded external steelwork, unsatisfactory basement drainage etc.
How long does it take?
reports are available within 5 days of inspection and an urgent 48-hour
service can be arranged on request.
Why should I have an End of Warranty Report prepared?
Every year tens
of thousands of homes are built or renovated. In most cases, all work
worth over $12,000 should be insured by the contractor you choose so
long as he is licensed with the Office of Fair Trading.
types of properties are inspected?
All new residences or strata