Trusting the build of my first home thank you very much Darbecca.
We would just like to say a big thank you to the Team at Darbecca.
With the early signs of a horror build, Darbecca were the key to ensuring my house was built correctly and to standard.
I recommend to all my friends, don't ever build a house with out Darbecca.
Thanks again Darbecca.
Awful and misleading
Had a darbecca report to deal with as a carpenter. The items they picked and the tone they used was a joke. An owner will get a report with 30 odd items not realising every one is rubbish. Because i do high quality they ended up highlighting superflous or technically incorrect items. Some even nothing to do with the building eg there is non structural timber on site, please get rid of it. Or pack out a wall for ply, even though they well know it would be done at lock up stage. At times they quote the building code incorrectly. Such as saying a 180 wall needs frame ties every stud when its only at junctions or wall ends. For something like 1 shear block missing in the entire house (a relatively minor defect as it was partially load bearing wall) they write: It was noted shear blocks (using a plural even though it was 1 spot) are missing throughout the house. The owner sees a report of 30 items and says thank god. Cant beleive people pay money for it. Would go with jims building inspections or new home instead
Every build needs a darbecca report!!!
So far we have had 3 reports done by darbecca, on the second report we met with Dale from Darbecca on site and he was execellent, he knew so much about everything and picked up on a lot that should of been picked up on. Our builder had their own inspector who passed everything and once you see all the photo and the things that are wrong that to someone who isn’t in the industry I was shocked at how they passed every stage.
Once things were brought up in the report we did our own research into every item and some were very serious which our builder would of left, had we not had the report done we would of been left with broken tiles damaged drainage, bricks different colours.
We have had the best experience with them and talking to the inspector on site. Our builder used bullying tactics and it was very helpful to know what was wrong and where we stand.
We couldn’t be more grateful for getting it done.
A lot of our friends are building and we have highly recommended the inspector we had!!
So thanks guy awesome job!!
Misleading information and wrong reports
The thing is why we people hire them for safety and security of our assets and trust them that they will do the just to the money you are paying them but they don't
Misleading information and changes everytime after they meet building managers
I have done my report from them and the things got discussed was not mentioned in the report
So I got another report after the property handed over to me after making several requests.
This people know the construction manager s personally even you pay them bloody $785 for each report they still give the benifits to construction managers
Worthless don't hire them
Arrogant Owner!! Don't use his company!
I called to ask for some information and I spoke to the owner. He was a very arrogant and rude when I explained to him I could get the same services he was offering cheaper. I just wanted to know why he was so expensive. He didn't have to answer loudly and rudely. I didn't use their services and I suggest that you don't either as he isn't a nice man over the phone so imagine what he is like in person.
Overall good inspection
I have used Darbecca for the first couple of stages of my home build (I was based interstate). The reports provided were good and detailed enough. However, as a customer, the process to book an inspector seemed a bit tedious for me. There were a lot of "back and forth" going between multiple parties to just book each inspection appointments. Also, once I received the inspection report, I wanted to clarify few issues identified in the report. However, I didn't get the opportunity to even talk to the inspector for further clarifications. (I emailed him few times)
Regardless, since then, I have used another building inspection company for the final three stages and been very happy. My home build is now complete and looking good.
Professionals through and through
Darbecca know their building code, A+ reports detailing all illegal defects with actual screenshots of the relevant building code.
Can not recommend highly enough, worth every single cent!
Seriously, don’t pass on their services.
Very happy with the service & professionalism of the Darbecca Team
We used Darbecca for all the available inspections they offered, and I think it was a very wise investment. I attended site many times while the inspectors were there and they couldn't have been more helpful and forthcoming with information, they would always tell me to ask as many questions as I wanted to and were happy to explain every issue with me and why it was important to rectify. They were my eyes on things I had no idea about and as a result I have a home that is very well built and defects that could have been an issue in the long run, have already been addressed and repaired.
I am so grateful for their support, particularly Brett who I met on a couple of inspections and he could't have been nicer or more knowledgeable. The office team were very friendly and quick to follow up and respond to my questions. I don't know what that other reviewer was on a out with prices lists, they gave me a list which was very easy to follow and broke down any discounts available if you did multiple inspections, simple!
I highly recommend Darbecca to anyone building a home, the comfort and reassurance you get knowing the your house is being built to the right standards is worth it's weight in gold. Thank you Darbecca, if I ever build again I will be straight back onto you.
Highly recommend Patrick Kerr from Darbecca - Thorough, efficient and friendly
I would highly recommend the services of Darbecca’s Patrick Kerr to inspect all stages of building a new home. We have now used his services twice.
He is accurate, professional, detailed and know the building regulations inside out. As I was also happened to be at the property, Patrick walked me through after he had finished to explain what I would be seeing in his report. He was thorough, explaining his finding and the level of risk if not corrected. His reports were very informative with lots of useful photographs.
Thanks very much for your services Patrick. We will be recommending you to anybody we know needing an inspection.
Can’t thank Darbecca enough!
Amazing customer service, the office staff are so pleasant to deal with. Our inspector Darren is a lifesaver. If it weren’t for him our house would have literally fallen down. He was able to assist us in getting our brickworks redone because the builder didnt follow building standards. Thank you very much Darbecca!
Worst Customer Service to Start With
Wanted to know what will be the cost for 4 inspections for house. The admin lady cant even provide me the price, instead she emails me with the discounted price and if you choose more than 3 inspections. Zero customer service, sounds like they are having enough business. Do not fall on these people's sales Gimmick.
I highly recommend Darbecca to everyone
We are so happy with Darbecca. From the first time we got in touch with them to get a quote, to all the way when our house was built, they delivered everything they promised us. They responded to every question in a timely manner. Every person we dealt with was courteous and clarified every detail we were unsure of. Their reports were very informative, and the inspectors had very good attention to detail. Everything they did was on point! Their emails, notes, reports, everything! I can't fault them.
This was our first time building a house and the staff in Darbecca were the only people that didn't give us a headache.
I highly recommend Darbecca to anyone building a home.
Extremely Thorough and Professional
Can't express how happy we are with our private building inspections from Darbecca. They are extremely thorough and great to deal with. All appointments were a breeze to book and the reports were all received on the same day. We had a close friend who is a building inspector interstate review the reports and he was extremely impressed with the quality and depth of the reports Darbecca produce. Our Site Supervisor was aware of this also, so I think it kept him on his toes!
Waste of Money and Time
I have used Darecca service for my new build house and they picked up some errors from builder and my builders engineer drawings, after month of delay in my project I used a private structural engineer to look into the report and site issues, I was informed that the report has many technical errors and incorrect judgement, do not waste your time and money, ask a qualified surveyor or a registered engineer who has basic industry knowledge.
I was going to use darbecca, but my builder got them first, and I couldn't have them due to conflict I received the report from my builder, there very professional they found many problems with my new house I have hired someone else and there great as well, but thank you Darbecca for been thorough I just wished I got you first but I have another inspector that I will be using through my whole build his the best.
Put Darbecca on the top of your list
Darbecca was recommended to me by a work colleague after we were discussing our individual builds, and I could not have more thank full for the recommendation. We were having a number of difficulties with our build (review also on this site) and I was recommended Darbecca to check out all the work and I could not be more thankful to the Darbecca team.
The service was professional, office staff fantastic and the inspectors spot on. If you had any questions they were happy to answer them. The reports are easy to read, include the relevant building codes and standards that makes conversations with your building supervisor very easy as it comes down to a simple yes or no...........is it built this way according to the standard???? My independent inspector say no............then you can have a meaningful conversation.
If you are in doubt of using Darbecca for any reason, I want to quote my last building supervisor (had 3), that was also the regional manager for large building company. To quote him on our last inspection, he mentioned that Darbecca is the hardest building inspectors to get anything past, they pick up on everything and its hard to argue with the points they raise.
I want to give you all some food for thought on your building journey. You sign up for a house, you get the sales pitch and everything is sweet and easy, as you are in sales phase and its their job to get you over the line and relieve all doubts. You have confidence in the process and you view your builder as your trusted adviser on all things building. Its from there your build will go in one of two directions.
1: No problems, everything is fine, no real issues (don't be a idealist and believe there will not be mistakes made, mistake will happen, its the size of the mistake and how easily its rectified. Remember if mistakes don't happen planes do not play lawn darts!) and your house is delivered on time and you have a great experience. Read the reviews there's alot of them.
2: Then there's the alternative.........problems with your build. Check the same reviews and there's 40% plus of negative reviews. It's almost like tossing a coin in the air. Hmmmm is that the wheels turning in your head I hear??? Now when things go wrong your building supervisors gives you the same lines as they do to everyone. We will get that fixed, there's a delay, that's not a problem at all etc. Now let's revisit that statement of your building company being your trusted adviser.............bet you have some doubts. I do not blame you as i ended up hating my building company and that is where Darbecca came into its own.
To be fair I probably had a case that was at the start of the extreme end of things where everything that could go wrong did and they only got 15-20% right on the first time. While we were dealing with the building companies customer service officers and arguing points over and over (EG our stairs should be counter levered and free standing not boxed in) and talking to the site supervisor on major point, we missed alot of points that if you were not a building inspector you would not know about. That's where Darbecca came into its own.
I'm no builder, and did not know that our builder cut out too much of the frame to accommodate a pipe to make in nonstructural. Darbecca noticed this and also gave the builder a solution as he was at a loss..........yes you read that correctly!
The on the inspections, missed a number of wall/s out of plumb to Australian Standards, Darbecca didn't.
The floor on the second floor being too high compared to the plans (like I would know that........and the builder missed it).Darbecca didn't.
Change in building regulations about common boundary garage walls and their construction to meet new fireproof regulations. Darbecca picked that up as well.
The list went on and on, and to be frank you may think you know, but you really don't now until someone, a trusted adviser and advocate does..........I think Dale (our inspector) nearly wrote a thesis on my place. All fixed thanks to the team at Darbecca.
I think I used them 5 times, maybe more, and they paid for themselves each and every time.
So if you are going to build, flip a coin, heads you will have a good build, tales you will have a problem. it's a 50/50.........let's be logical, do not take the risk on what is probably the biggest investment in your life.
Get Darbecca's team to be your trusted adviser on your build.
If you were like my colleague, he had no issues and had piece of mind.........in his words, piece of mind and worth every cent.
In my case, a god send, and a problem to my building company who in reality built most of my house twice, at there cost. I now have a house I am proud off, and have no concerns thanks to the team Darbecca.
I highly recommend this company and it is worth every cent and very easy to deal with, simple reports for you to read and will take you through any questions. Everything you want from a professional service.
I'll end this with a simple statement. Darbecca is your trusted adviser when it comes to building your home.
Money well spent with Darbecca
This was my first experience t building a new house. I might know a few things but something I have no idea about are the Victorian Building Regulations. So I decided early that I would invest money in making sure my new house was built according to all the standards outlined in the regulations, ensuring that I had a quality house when the keys were handed over.
I took the option to have an inspection at every checkpoint ....... pre-slab, frame, pre-plaster, pre-paint, waterproofing and then the final inspection. This proved valuable in that any findings from the Darbecca inspection could be rectified before the next stage had commenced making it easy to address.
I believe that the builders also take a little extra care with their work when they know that Darbecca are coming on-site to check their work. I guess it is the pride in their reputation as much as their quality work that they are protecting.
I found that the staff at Darbecca were terrific. No issue seemed too big or too small to give it their utmost attention. They were friendly and always returned calls or emails.
The reports produced were very detailed citing the issue, including photos of the affected area, a snapshot of the regulation that had been violated and they were always happy to talk to the builder to clarify the problem/solution.
I'm more than happy that I chose Darbecca and the investment has given me complete ease of minds.
I would happily recommend them to anyone building a new home.
Well documented and thorough inspections, easy to understand and backed by relevant guidelines - however what the builder chooses to do about them is probably more relevant.
If you’re building, you would be stupid not to have Darbecca
We built with a volume builder and engaged with Darbecca from the very beginning. Not only did they pick up on massive structure errors but the support throughout our build was reassuring.
We would highly recommend Darbecca, each consultant that visited our build were highly knowledgeable and took the time to explain what we should expect/tolerate.
Darbecca provides an excellent and professional service, giving us detailed report and photos to submit to our builder for rectification along the stages of our new house. Thank you.
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