Step 7: Your Role as the Project Manager

This is step 7 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. Acting as the project manager for the construction of your own home sounds a lot more professional and difficult than it really is. This isn’t to say that it’s easy, but if you’re well organised and have even a pinch of management ability, …

Vacant Land Liability Guide

Do you own land? Arrange the right Insurance! If you own land, perhaps a block awaiting a house to be constructed it is possible that a person may enter it and hurt themselves. The law requires you as the owner, to keep the land safe and will hold you responsible for any injuries. This type of insurance is called ‘Vacant …

Professional Indemnity Insurance for Builders

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY BASIS OF COVERAGE DEFINITION Professional Services shall mean one or more of the following services conducted by or on behalf of the Named Insured: design, including advice in relation to design, in accordance with all relevant building, construction or engineering codes and standards; drafting; technical calculation; technical specification; construction and project management; programming and time flow management; quantity surveying; …

Owner Building Step 2 – Overcoming the Challenges of Owner Build Financing

This is step 2 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. Every journey begins with a single step, and now that you’ve moved on from realising how possible it really is to be an owner builder it’s time to start thinking about financing. Overcoming obstacles in the owner build financing process comes down to …

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 …

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 circular saw! Remember Frank Spencer? …

Step 9: Learn to Cut the Right Corners

This is step 9 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. Nowhere in life does the old adage “you get what you pay for” ring truer than in residential construction. From tiles to timber to the paint you slap on your walls, when it comes to quality of materials, what you put in is …

Step 8: Navigating the Building Stages

This is step 8 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. In our last post we covered an owner builder’s role as project manager. Now that you’re pumped up to take on the job, let’s dive right into the five stages that make up the building process, and look at what you’ll need to …

Step 6: Protecting What Matters Most, Looking at Insurance

This is step 6 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. Accidents happen. Mistakes are made. The unplanned becomes reality. Make it your rule, before you break ground on any new build or renovation project have the proper insurance policies in place to protect your family and your future. At BuildSafe we’ve created a …

Construction Insurance

Step 5: Keeping it legal. Your responsibilities as an owner builder.

This is step 5 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. As an owner builder you will be subject to the same legal obligations as a full time building practitioner. As such, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Building Act 1993. We’ll cover the basic here in this …