Building around electricity easement guidelines

It’s hard to imagine a stiffer penalty than being forced to knock down your structure and start again from scratch. But this is exactly what can happen if you breach the wrong code under the Electricity Safety Act governing your state. If you take your drawings to council after they have specifically stipulated the local council design guidelines you may …

An OH&S fine could ruin your business… even though it wasn’t your fault!

By now the court case of Hillman vs. Ferro Con is a household name within the Australian building world. In an unfortunate accident, in July 2010 a rigger was killed when struck by a steel beam that had fallen from the fabric sling of a construction crane. Magistrates found Ferro Con (SA) Pty Ltd and Mr. Maione (the company’s sole …

Will owner builders in NSW be 2nd class?

The days of looking up to the man who built his own home with his own hands may be gone if a NSW Building Association is able to pass a law which effectively labels any renovation you do as 2nd Class. Rules and regulations being pitted against the owner builder by the NSW Association may relegate the owner builder to …

Which insurances protect me during home renovations

If you have ever decided to manage our own home renovation project or taken the plunge to get on the tools you will know the underlying risks that exist when we decide and go full boar into the DIY arena. There are cost overruns, pitfalls concerning the lack of experience, and the potential that should things really go awry we …

Flipping Properties and 6 year warranty insurance

Flip through the telly channels these days (no pun intended) and you’re liable to run across some program or another glamorising the get-rich-quick world of house flipping. There’s Flip this House, Flip Men, Home to Flip, Property Ladder, and a personal favourite Flipping Out. And this is without even beginning to dive into the plethora of home improvement and renovation …