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Taking Possession of Your New Home

Taking Possession of Your New Home

Congratulations! You’re nearly at the end of your building project. Here are the last few matters that should be taken care of to be done before you can take possession and finally move into your new home.

Certificate of Completion / Code of Completion

Throughout the construction process you will need to arrange with your local council to have inspections at various stages to ensure that your project complies with the Building Code. Once your project is complete and passes its final inspection, the council will issue you with a code of compliance certificate stating that you have meet the requirements of the Building Code. There are a number of ways you can demonstrate you meet the Building Code requirements:

  • Compliance Documents: Issued by the Department of Building and Housing, these outline methods of building ‘Acceptable Solutions’ which comply with the code. These are often used in building as they provide a straightforward ‘building recipe’.
  • Certified Products: You can specify the use of certified products, systems or methods which all meet the requirements of the Building Code. Certification has legal status, which means your council must accept the products as code compliant subject to any conditions on the certificate.
  • Alternative solutions: If your proposal is outside the methods in the compliance documents your building consent application will need to include evidence to support that your project complies with the Building Code.

Further details on the Building Code can be found here.

Final Inspection and Code Compliance Certificates

To ensure that all work on your project has met the requirements of the Building Code, you, as the owner must apply for a code compliance certificate (CCC) from your building consent authority.

There are distinct advantages to doing so. When you come to sell the house, the purchasers will almost certainly require that you produce a CCC for all works – many sale and purchase agreements are conditional upon the provision of a CCC. It will also give you peace of mind that you are living in a house that meets the requirements of your area.

For more information on how to organize the final inspection and CCC, click here.

Handover

A final walk-through is the time to ensure that everything is completed to your liking. If you see any problems that need to be addressed, have them fixed before you sign the final paperwork. The builder will also explain how your home operates, so listen closely, and ask lots of questions.

From here on, your new house is all yours to live in, enjoy … and maintain! For more information on how long you should expect certain elements of your home to last, how, what you will need to do and when to do it to keep your home maintained in good order, have a look at the Maintenance Guide.

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