Does my builder have to insure my home when renovating?

Yes & No In New South Wales, for example, Clause 22 of the NSW builders contract clearly states that the builder is only required to insure the works HE does. Therefore you, the homeowner need to insure your Home & Contents. BuildSafe Renovators Home & Contents insurance is designed for homeowners who have engaged a […]

Employees, subcontractors and contractors – a detailed examination of liability and apportionment principles

Wake up call to all builders and owner builders, in the event of an accident onsite and how the court apportioned the percentage of liability. Please read.   Article by Vidal Hockless and Sophie Nauwelaers, Kott Gunning   CASE SUMMARY: COOTE V TERRY’S CRANE HIRE & CGU INSURANCE & DEBRI PTY LTD   This decision of Bowden DCJ, although […]

Separating Walls on Boundaries – fire safety implications

Owner builders need to be aware of these requirements when building,your building services professionals should be aware of the following eg Building Surveyor,architect or draftsman. Please read. VBA Thursday March 30 2017  The VBA Pro-Active Inspection Program has identified many garage brick walls on boundaries being bricked only as high as the course below the […]

Poor developments on the rise!

A street pole that blocks garage access to a new house in suburban Adelaide is a “cracking example of very low-quality infill development”, a councillor has said. West Torrens councillor John Woodward said council approved a housing plan that split a block in Daly Street at Kurralta Park to allow two new dwellings, but the […]

Termites – An Important Message!

A message for Owner Builder and Home Owners from the Victorian Building Authority on Termites. When building or owner building your home you need to be aware of termites and the problems they can cause. Victorian Building Authority CEO Prue Digby today urged home owners to be alert for termite activity in and around their […]

New change to Tasmanian Building Act

Article written by Guy Barnett on The Mercury website TASMANIANS planning to build or renovate in 2017 can look forward to saving time and money when it comes to gaining approvals. The Liberal Government’s nation-leading building reforms came into effect on New Year’s Day this year with the commencement of the new Building Act. Our […]

What to watch out for when purchasing a home or apartment!

Original article on The Age  Melbourne’s surging population in recent years has had a number of ramifications. The impact is being felt on the transport and health systems, and the transformation of the city skyline through at times short-sighted development. Much of this has been well documented, though not resolved. Less understood is the damage […]

Waterproofing external balconies

Monday November 7 2016 – Article by VBA Recently, the VBA has received a number of complaints involving failed waterproofed balconies resulting in major damage to homes throughout Victoria. The recent wet weather and rain events across Victoria highlight the importance of waterproofing in the building process. There are many reasons why waterproofed balconies may […]

What is Construction Insurance & What Does it Cover?

Article by Insurance and Risk Construction insurance is a complex beast, capable of rocking the foundations of myriad projects, whether it’s run by an owner/builder, SME or multi-million dollar company. But with knowledge comes power – brokers who take the time to study the fine print will be well positioned to reap the rewards from […]

The Uninsured Handyman: A risky venture that’s not worth the gamble

If you turn on the telly these days, it’s plain to see that DIY home improvements are all the rage across Australia. But contrary to what reality shows would have you believe, not everyone is born with natural do-it-yourself abilities. In fact, some homeowners would just as soon attempt brain surgery before picking up a […]

How to Diagnose and Eradicate Water Hammer in Your Home

Water hammer is a fairly common occurrence in residential properties. What a lot of homeowners don’t realise is that banging or thumping water lines in your walls is a potentially serious issue, not just a simple annoyance. At the very least excessive water pressure will eventually lead to leaks, but double up pressure spikes with […]