Defective Imported Building Products

What to watch for when building your home, read on! The increasing prevalence of leaky, toxic and downright dangerous buildings has put defective building products in the spotlight in Australia and New Zealand recently. Below-standard plasterboard, inflammable exterior cladding material, and problems with structural steel prone to failure are all creating liability concerns across the region. In Australia’s regions of …

Dodgy Building Materials

Owner Builders need to be aware when purchasing building products that non conforming products brings new responsibilities, especially if they import the product directly. The expectation that this legislation will extend to all states soon. Participants involved in the supply chain and installation of building products will soon face increased accountability and disciplinary action for the use of unsafe or …

What is Underinsurance and how could it effect you as an Owner Builder?

Owner Building is a fabulous way to improve family finances, by investing in your home without paying the 30+% Builders margin, it will set you up for future financial independence. This is not to say building your own home is easy, but depending on how you go about it, if you have experience or you use a project manager will …

Do your homework before signing a building contract

Owner builders do your homework before signing a building contract with your subbies,this recommendation is for all owner builders & homeowners as well. NSW Fair Trading is urging consumers to do their homework before signing a residential home-building contract, following complaints about builders demanding thousands of dollars in unexpected additional payments. “We are hearing from consumers who thought they had …

What is Home Warranty Insurance?

Can be called a number of different names, Residential Home Warranty, Home Indemnity, Home Owners Warranty, Domestic Building Insurance…. Whatever the phrase used, Home Warranty insurance is for the benefit of the purchaser. Whether the home/renovation/extension is built by an owner Builder or Builder. Depending on what state, the minimum cost of works is e.g VIC $16,000 above that amount …

Commercial Structural Defects Insurance

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 builder then changed the garage …

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 at first instance, is instructive as to the …

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 a water heater featuring a …

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 homes this summer.   “Recent …

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 reforms are about making it …