Building Inspections

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Always use a suitably qualified person (such as a licensed builder, a surveyor or an architect) to provide a professional building inspection report for the property you are thinking of buying. These professions should see through any cosmetic improvements covering up faults that might otherwise be missed by an untrained eye. A professional person will ensure that the format and …

Surface Finish of Paintwork

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Paintwork to a building is defective if application defects or blemishes such as paint runs, paint sags, wrinkling, dust, bare or starved painted areas, colour variations, surface cracks, irregular and course brush marks, sanding marks, blistering, uniformity of gloss level and other irregularities in the surface are visible from a normal viewing position.

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Foundation cracking. A builder is not responsible for any foundation movement caused by activities that were not documented at the time of entering into the contract or as a variation to the contract, or that are undertaken by the owner. These include paving, landscaping, planting trees and drainage works after the site is handed over to the owner. The builder is …

Retaining Walls

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There are 3 retaining wall types. Stabilised banks, gravity retaining walls and cantilevered retaining walls. Retaining walls that are over 1 meter high are required to be designed by a practicing structural/ civil/ geotechnical engineer. Stabilised banks can be brick, block, or stone masonry, preservative treated timber or precast concrete interlocking units, laid on a slope or back filled. Gravity …

Building a Home

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Building your own home will probably be the most important, expensive and enduring investment you will make. Therefore, consideration on a variety of matters is necessary. * What can we afford to borrow?- you will need to make a careful assessment of your savings. * What can we afford to repay?- carefully assess your ability to repay the loan. * …

Building Inspections

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A building and pest inspection should be undertaken during the cooling off period for a private treaty sale. If your buying at auction, it is advisable to get your inspection done prior to making an offer as auction conditions usually don’t let you make an offer subject to a building or pest inspection. The purchase of a property is one …