For those of you who don’t know, when you build a house with a project builder or contractor like Allstate Roofing, you have to pay milestone payments as the build progresses.. Common payment stages include the slab, the frame and lockup stage.


At the moment my wife and I have completed the slab and the frame stages and are fast approaching the lockup stage. Essentially lockup is when the doors and windows are all in place and the house is locked so that outsiders are unable to enter.

It is at this stage that I have decided it’s worthwhile having a independent building inspector take a look through the house prior to making my next progress payment. The main reason why I am doing this is because there are a number of things a expert will find that I would likely miss, plus, by identifying problems at an early stage (before all the internal walls go up, we can avoid having bigger issues with the builder down the track.

I considered having an inspector do a walk through at the previous stages, however, there is a lot less that can go wrong in my opinion at these early stages. The slab is very straight forward and the frame is all pre-made as per the project plan – there just isn’t a lot that is likely to go too far off track. The roof, electrical rough-in and brickwork however, is something that I want to make sure is done correctly, as these are more critical to the overall build of the house, plus, at this stage the frame is still easily seen as the internal walls aren’t up yet.

So I have arranged for the inspector to take a walk through the build site mid this week. In total it is costing me a little over $200, however, I feel like this is money well spent considering how much the house is costing us overall. Hopefully he doesn’t find anything worth noting, but even if he doesn’t, at least he will be keeping the builders honest.