There were a few other issues that our SS noted on his list (hopefully he got all of them). We haven't been successful at getting a copy of this list off him though and will keep pushing to get it, especially because we were made to sign it. Our SS did say that we would be going through the list at our settlement/handover inspections. That seems a little late to us.
And he also advised us that we would have a 3 month maintenance inspection after our handover date. We would have to note each problem/defect etc that we find over the first 3 months and then they'd come out and fix it all up.
Our expectation was that we would be moving into a house after all of the defects were rectified. Sure there would be bits and pieces that would come up as we started using the house on a daily basis, but why not fix up what they can now, and give us something that they are confident in and proud to say is completed to the highest standard?
In addition to these things are the items that our independent inspector picked up on. Most of these things were more structural - there were a few walls that had bows to them, the insulation had not been properly spread in the roof space, some of the tiled skirting on the balcony was blocking the vents in the bricks, and some of the articulation joints hadn't been sealed properly. There were about 15 things on his list, and we are waiting for our SS to respond to them.
Our SS has indicated that we should be ready to settle within 2 weeks of our PCI, which takes us to the end of October. Given the items that need fixing, we're not convinced. We're also not in too much of a rush and won't be bullied into taking possession of the house until we're happy with it.
We're supposed to learn more about the items being fixed and a more realistic handover date this week.