What is practical completion?

Posted by Brad Porteus on 17 December 2013

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Practical completion in a home under construction is the final stage just prior to handover, when the home can be declared ready to be “lived in”. To meet this definition, services such as power and gas must be connected and all the appliances must be working. With regard to minor faults such as scratches and chips, whilst the builder is responsible for these items and should be held accountable, for their repair, practical completion cannot be held up due to minor defects.

Usually the Builder will arrange a site meeting at the practical completion stage to list any unfinished works and defect items. From the day of the Practical completion inspection, all the items listed should be completed within 5 to 10 working days. The property should then be re-inspected with the Builder and all items should be re-checked to ensure they have been completed. If you are happy with the property at this final inspection the List of Practical Completion can be signed off and possession can be gained immediately.