Lock-Up (Pre-Plaster) Inspection

A lock-up (pre-plaster) inspection are conducted after your builder informs you that the home has reached this stage. When a house is at the lock-up stage, it means that people cannot gain access unless they have keys to the property. Usually, the lock-up stage of a property will have all the exterior walls, doors, windows, and roof materials installed as detailed in your contract. In some properties, the garage door may be installed at the lock-up stage, although it is common for the garage door to be installed later to stop it from being damaged.

Reaching the lock-up stage is a significant step in building your new home. After the home reaches this stage, it should be inspected to check that the work has been completed to building standards for your area. After your home inspection has been completed and you’ve signed off on the work, your builder will start installing the internal plumbing, wiring, and plaster.

What Happens At The Lock-Up Stage?

The lock-up stage is an integral part of the home building process. After a house reaches the lock-up stage, the internal fixtures and appliances can be safely installed. Unfortunately, new homes are a target for thieves, and many things (electrical wiring, copper pipes, etc.) will only be installed in a home after it has reached the lock-up stage. Builder’s insurance covers many homes, but insurance agencies will only cover certain items after reaching the lock-up stage.

At the lock-up stage, the owner can inspect the quality of the work on the internal walls, windows, and other elements. A professional inspector should conduct a lock-up and pre-plaster inspection before any funds are released to the builder for this stage. Only after an inspection has been carried out can the stage be signed off and work continues. Reaching the lock-up stage is an exciting time for your new home, but you should have it inspected by a professional building inspector to ensure everything is progressing correctly.

What Needs To Be Completed For The Lock-Up Stage?

As there is usually a significant payment due for release when the lock-up stage is reached, it should be written into your contract what parts of your home will be finished. However, as a guide, the lock-up stage will include the following:

  • External doors
  • Windows and skylights
  • Building wrap or wall wrap
  • External walls, brickwork
  • Eaves, fascia boards and soffit boards
  • Roofing materials

External doors will be installed, but these may be temporary doors where the builder can lock up the home. Your final doors may be installed later in the build. When you need to inspect the lock-up stage, you’ll need to contact your builder and arrange a time for access.

Lock Up Inspection

Lock-up inspections should be completed when your builder says your new home is ready and before you sign off on the payment. The items inspected at lock up and pre-plaster inspection will include:

  • External walls (bricks, rendered board, timber weatherboards, etc.)
  • Roof materials (terracotta tiles, Colorbond steel sheeting, etc.)
  • Pointing of ridge and hip roof tiles
  • External doors
  • Fascia boards
  • Gutters
  • Windows
  • Locks

At Owner Inspections, we’ll ensure your lockup stage is appropriately inspected, and all works are completed to Australian standards. If your new home is nearing lock-up stage completion, call today and book in for our lock-up and pre-plaster inspection service.


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