Pre Handover Inspections / New Home Inspections

Have all your building defects addressed and repaired by your builder before you take possession of your new home.

When you have a Pre Handover New Home Inspection report completed by Damien from Victorian House Inspections, you will receive a registered builder and a comprehensive report that is easy to understand and outlines all the defects that only a builder with 30 years of experience can identify.

Our Pre-Handover and New Home Inspections are designed to the Australian Standards and Tolerances as established by the Building Commission in 2007 to identify any areas that have not been built to the Australian Standard.

It is our expert opinion that before a client pays their final payment they should have a Pre-Inspection carried out, listing all the relevant defects that can then be repaired by the builder. Once the final payment has been made, it is often very difficult to get the builder to return to rectify problems. All too often the builders’ response is that the defects are a result of maintenance and the home owner is not covered.

Our New Home Inspections cover a wide area including Melbourne and the outer suburbs of Geelong, Sunbury, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and surrounding Bayside locations.

Pre-Handover Inspection Checklist:

Our Pest and Termite Inspection Services cover a wide area including Melbourne and the outer suburbs including Geelong, Sunbury, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.

Our Pre-Handover Inspection Services Check:

Electrical Wiring

Inspection of the electrical wiring, hot water, plumbing pipes, smoke alarms and security.

Structural Defects

Inspection for structural defects taking notes on the foundations and footings. Crawling under the house if there is access and going into the roof making notes of the frame, lining, and any leaks.


Inspection of the outside of the property and garden, fences, etc.

Internal Rooms

Inspection of each room in the house checking for any maintenance items that may cost you money in the future.


We look for borers particularly in older homes that can damage floorboards and commonly roof and subfloor structures.

Water Leaks

We look for water leaks and overflows as these areas are most common to termite attacks.

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"Words can’t express how kind and helpful Damien was towards my parents when they were in the process of buying a new home late in life and after a very difficult time. Not only was Damien’s service excellent, he was extremely friendly and his building knowledge made the whole process easy. We will recommend your Victorian House Inspections to all our friends and family. Thanks again for all your help and kindness.
The Garcia Family
"Thank you very much for your quick and professional attention in this matter ultimately I feel like I have dodged a bullet on this one and without your reports I would have been none the wiser and purchased a lemon.
who terminated a contract of sale!
" I highly recommend Victorian House Inspections. I have used Damien for several inspections and found him to be extremely thorough, knowledgeable and detailed in the advice and reports provided. Damien has always assisted with any follow-up questions and his professional manner makes dealing with him a pleasure. I will certainly use Victorian House Inspections again!
Gordan Marx
"Emma and I are so glad we used you to review the property and report on your findings, which were comprehensive and ultimately the key to our decision to buy. The peace of mind your service has provided us in a major decision is greatly appreciated, we will recommend you to all of our friends. Thank you also for being available to answer questions and taking the time to explain your findings.
Frank and Emma
"Thank you very much. I am very grateful and would be happy to be a reference for any potential customers in the future."
Peter Hunt
"Hi Damien Thank you for your job for pre purchase inspection of my property. You are very responsible, experienced ,prompt and very patient. Even a long time after inspection I have many question to ask you , you explained to you very patiently. I will definitely recommend you to my friends who plan to buy property. Victoria house inspection is customer based ,inspector Damien is reliable and responsible enough?"
"Thank you for your prompt service & response. You guys were great & I’ll retain your details for future reference”
From Boronia
"I’d like to sincerely thank Damien for his professionalism, flexibility & quick service – it’s been fantastic piece of mind and I would highly recommend his business to anyone”
Jo & Bernardo
"Your prompt turnaround to inspect the property and produce the report is exceptional service. The agent also noted that Damien was one of the best inspectors he had seen”
"Thank you Damien, we were very happy with your personal service, really appreciated it."
Dani & Zeini
"Thanks for sending me the report. We needed this so I can go to the Solicitor who will do the conveyancing for us. He wanted to see the report before we give our deposit for the property and your help is much appreciated. Buying a property can be nerve racking most times and support from people like yourselves can really help a lot. Many thanks and best regards.”
"Thanks Mandy & Damien – we received the hard copy of the report and we will refer Damien’s services to our family and friends, he was fantastic. Cheers.”
From Melbourne
"Damien – Thanks very much for the report, we appreciate your recommendations.”
"Thank you for your fantastic service.”
Cameron & Rachael
"Hi Damien, I found your report thorough and professional.”
"Hi Damien, Thanks you for all your help, we really appreciate it and we’ve recommended you to other people – hopefully you’ll get some more business out of it! Cheers.”
From Melbourne
"Dear Damien, Thanking you kindly for your timely help. Thank you again for your excellent friendly service which is greatly acknowledged. We will call you for all our building and renovation and also, we recommend your company to our friends and family. Thanks a lot for all your services.”

Why You Need A Pest Inspection


This leak was found in flashing around the heating vent, which could have caused serious damage to ceiling plaster if it had gone unnoticed.

Wall Bows

South brick wall has a huge bow in the centre caused by poor bricklaying which does not meet Australian Standard. Discovered in inner Melbourne.


This box gutter is holding water on a new property, which will lead to inevitable leaks. Discovered at a prestigious Bayside location.

Our Pre Handover Inspection Reports will provide you with

Written Property & Maintenance Report

A compressive written Pre Handover Property and Maintenance Report sent within 24 hours or less guided by the Australian Standards for Building Inspections AS 4349.3

Immediate Verbal Report

Initially our pest inspector will give you a verbal report immediately after the inspection.

Optional Bounded Copy

Our reports are are emailed directly to you, or you may optionally request a bounded copy.