Owner Builders – Project Tools

Owner Builders Construction and Public Liability
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We all start off with the dream of how we ‘see’ our finished home looking. But if you do not use the right tools or buy the right insurance it could turn into the biggest nightmare of all time!

As a thankyou when purchasing Construction & Public Liability Insurance through BuildSafe Insurance Brokers, you can choose either one of these project tools. Designed with the Owner Builder in mind, these tools are designed to make your job run smoothly, with less hassles, to manage your budget and ensure you are getting the home you are paying for.

Call BuildSafe Insurance Brokers now on 1300 763 016!

QA Checklist
Quality Assurance Checklist assists Owner Builders to:

  1.  Better understand the building process and building operational management
  2.  Set a clear sense of construction direction and planning
  3.  Manage lead times and critical check points
  4.  Highlights priorities
  5.  Improves sub contactor and trades communication and relationships
  6.  Contains costs and assists in managing to budgets

The Quality Assurance Checklist provides hands on guidance on managing your building project – successfully.
How does it work?

QA Checklist assists and guides Owner Builder in reviewing key Contractors works against key benchmarks. Quality Assurance Checklist references the Owner Builder Manual for easy to understand, plain English building terms placing the Owner Builder in control.

What are the stages and the checklist outlines –
There 19 stages that are outlined in the folder

  • Preliminaries
  • Concrete Slab
  • Frame
  • Fascia and Gutter
  • Roof
  • Plumber Rough In
  • Sisalation Wrap
  • Brickwork
  • Carpenter Lock Up
  • General Lock Up
  • Plaster
  • Fix Out
  • Joinery
  • Waterproofing
  • Tiles
  • Paint
  • Fit Off
  • Final
  • Compliance

Each stage has a number of listed questions to be signed off.  In this way you will know that the building quality of your home is up to standard!

As an Owner Builder Warranty provider we see the defects listed on the reports required for the sale, if the problems had been brought to the attention of the owner builder and then the tradie, it would have been fixed during construction and not listed as a defect when selling the home.

The Quality Assurance Checklist assists Owner Builders to prepare Trade Orders and schedule of works to clearly direct Trades and Contractors to meet important and critical quality points.

Why do you need it
It is a lot easier fixing problems during construction than when finished and if you don’t know there is a problem/defect – how can you fix it? The Quality Assurance Checklist will help you avoid the problem!

With a duplicate copy for Owner Builders and Trades/Contractors, the Quality Assurance Checklist is the ideal reference check list and record for your project prior to payment for works.

Schedule of Works
Building your own home can be an exhilarating experience. The Schedule of Works shows you what to expect–and what to watch out for and puts you in control of your project.

This 1000x700mm Project Planner on heavy paper is designed for you to follow and manage your job at a glance.


  • Time
  • Money
  • Frustration
  • Cost Overuns


  • Sensational Quality Management
  • Savings to Build a Better Quality Home
  • Complete the Project On Time–   Save $’000s
  • Safe Work Place and Environment

Schedule of Works–How it Works
The Professional Builders secret to a successful project– The Schedule of Works

  1. Project Planning
  2. Streamlining and scheduling tasks
  3. Scheduling trades and contractors
  4. Estimating, budgeting and expenditure control
  5. High level project overview to manage stages – seamlessly
  6. One comprehensive project management tool

Thank you for taking the opportunity to use BuildSafe and when purchasing your Construction and Public Liability policy please tell the consultant which product you would like. This is $195.00 of extra value,  FREE to our BuildSafe customers.

Bonus – To help you manage the most important project of your life! As an added bonus you have the option of purchasing the other product for $195.00 (inc gst & delivery), our consultants can organise payment for you. Please call 1300 763 016 or email your details at email hidden; JavaScript is required

This was the first step we took before we  started our project. We saved thousands! Thank you Australian Owner Builders. Vicki Browne

  Owner Builder Case Study – Ceiling Waves


The common scenario goes something like this – a home owner or owner builder says to the painter, how come the ceiling doesn’t look straight?  The painter, who knows all and is the wealth of all knowledge (also the greatest finger pointer of all time) says, ” Looks like the trusses have sagged, mate.  Better call that b#@$%# truss company and tell them they stuffed up!”  But that will mean wrecking the plaster, re-fixing and getting you back to re-paint. “Yeah, ain’t that a shame,” is the last meaningful comment from the smiling painter

Ultimately, whose responsibility is it to ensure frames and trusses are installed correctly before they are fit for the plasterers? Short answer – If you are controlling the project as the builder, you are responsible for making sure all is ok.  The frames and trusses were designed using the engineering software, they were manufactured according to the specification, the installation carried out by qualified tradesmen and the inspection passed according to AS4440 2004 and the carpenter did a frame straighten when doing the eaves, but who checked everything was straight on the ceiling plan?

BuildSafe ran the question by consultant John Davey to come up with some answers. John started by telling us, “The above scenario happens far more often than it should. We regularly get calls from supervisors and owner builders telling us the trusses must have sagged because there is a big bump in the ceiling cornice and we need it fixed now, we’re handing over tomorrow! The truth is the problem could be due to a variety of reasons.”

The blame game starts pretty early in the piece. The plasterer blames the chippy, who says it is the trusses. I say it’s not about pointing the finger when the job is done, but how to identify potential problems before they happen and rectify them when it is still a minor problem

Manufacturing Issues

Manufacturing issues refer to the variables of the natural materials used and the way they are handled. The categories fall into the following.

Timber quality
–  Pine timber used for trusses are machine graded, and sometimes a defective piece may slip through the grading process. It may be a knotted piece or the timber may be excessively warped.

Incorrect camberThe human component may see a jig setter incorrectly set the camber of the truss or the sawyer cut the piece of timber with the natural spring going the wrong way.

Timber gradingIf the timber used is kiln dried hardwood, which is visually graded, a problem can develop where the piece is actually above the minimum grade called for by the design. In this situation the truss may not settle, or fall into line with the other components in the construction.

Excessive camberDuring the design process the truss detailer needs to be aware of maximum recommended tolerances. While the trusses are designed using sophisticated software the tolerances still need to be confirmed by the operator.

Incorrect manufacture The assembling of trusses, while monitored, can still have subtle variations, which do not manifest themselves until the installation process.

Installation Issues

The initial truss design is made on a computer using sophisticated software in a “virtual” environment, that is, “everything level and plumb.”  The software is not aware of the possible manufacturing problems, nor is it aware of any variations or defects in the construction completed before the trusses are installed. The skill of installers is regularly called upon the streamline these variations on site.

Slab levelsAll concrete slabs have a tolerance allowed and are not always “dead straight”. This means there are high spots and low spots, which can be exposed, after the frames and trusses are installed.

Installation Trusses can be installed out of plumb or with an excessive bow. The Australian Standard, AS4440, dictates that trusses should be installed with no part of the truss out of plumb by the lesser of the height divided 50 or 50mm.

Girder brackets Girder brackets, made of steel, should not be fixed off (installed) after the entire roof structure has been erected. The result can be irregularities in the levels of the trusses caused by either the truss or truss bottom chord rotating. Rather, girder brackets need to fixed off as each of the trusses are installed.

Internal wall brackets Internal wall brackets will need to be installed correctly. Incorrectly fixed, or excessively hammered installations can result in variations in ceiling levels.

Anti crush plates When anti crush plates are not installed the levels of trusses installed may shift as the weight of the construction takes over

These are some of the issues you need to look at during the building process and why the Quality Assurance Checklist is invaluable for any owner builders wanting the perfect home.

Dear Michelle, I would again like to thank you for your the efficient and friendly manner which you showed us throughout this process. It has been a pleasure dealing with you and your firm and we will surely recommend your services to family and friends. Much appreciated,