The hidden costs of building a house: what your contract doesn’t tell you
You’ve visited countless display homes and finally found ‘the one’. What does your dream home look like? Are the windows adorned with pretty curtains on the inside and the lawns beautifully landscaped on the outside? Unless you take a thorough look at the inclusions schedule to see what is included – and most importantly what […]read more
Dampness and mould: the musty smell that’s lingering in your home could be a sign of something sinister
There is no greater turn off for a home buyer than discovering evidence of rising damp or water leaks in a potential new home. Moisture issues can lead to mould growth and serious respiratory illnesses. But could your naked eye detect such a defect at a brief 15 minute open house inspection? Apart from a […]read more
What happens if the property you have your heart set on buying fails a building inspection?
You’ve been scouring the property market and found the perfect house to call home. But before you rush in to make an offer, one of the first items to check off your to-do list – and perhaps the most important – is to order a building and pest inspection. And if the building report exposes […]read more
What do you do when you discover the cracks in the walls are sinking your new home dreams
Imagine the excitement of buying a new home: the perfect pad to create special memories. Then before long, that milestone moment quickly turns to horror when you discover your dream is sinking – quite literally. That nightmare has been the reality for homeowners in a Sydney suburb who have been left with potentially worthless properties […]read more
Strata building bonds: could this be the end of shoddy workmanship and dodgy developers?
As a potential home buyer, if headlines about Sydney’s Mascot Towers debacle or the disastrous Opal Towers sends shivers down your spine, take heart from what you are about to read. A promising scheme devised to weed out unscrupulous builders and put a stop to fly-by-night developers is giving home buyers some welcome protection. Defect […]read more
Thinking of joining the Owner-Builder club? Think again!
We all love a good renovation show but reality television has a lot to answer for the proliferation of DIY’ers enthusiastically slipping on the steel caps and strapping on the tool belt to tackle their own home building project. If your favourite home improvement show has you feeling inspired to become an owner-builder, what you’re […]read more
What you need to know about your building contract, before you sign on the dotted line
Just as there are different building projects, there are also different building contracts – each designed to ensure everyone’s rights and responsibilities are covered. Choosing the wrong one could prove perilous for your project and your wallet. Not all building contracts are created equally The most common type of contract – the fixed price contract […]read more
From building wars to Home Sweet Home: how to resolve a dispute with your builder
You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law – whatever can go wrong will go wrong – and that is certainly true of the construction industry. The most common building disputes between a home owner and builder involve defective workmanship or money – and sometimes it’s both. Regardless of the nature of the dispute, there is a path […]read more
Buyer beware: a home buyer’s nightmare thwarted in the nick of time
When Maria and her husband inspected a 50-year-old home on the market in Sydney’s south west, they expected to come across some flaws and imperfections – after all, it was an ageing property. It wasn’t until they read about a myriad of costly and challenging gremlins in a pre-purchase inspection report that they pulled up […]read more
Dilapidation Reports: why you should never start work without one
Builders and developers take note: before your next construction project gets underway, ask yourself whether you’ve commissioned a Dilapidation Report to formally document the existing condition of neighbouring properties and surrounding assets. Not having one could be a costly mistake – you risk becoming liable for any damages alleged to have occurred on your watch […]read more