Choose the right provider for Owner Builder Construction Insurance!

Selecting a company to supply you owner builder insurance is an important decision with heavy costs in time and money if you make the wrong choice. Before you select a company and insurer, make sure they can answer YES to these critical questions. Are your sub-contractors not excluded? Is the policy extendable up to 24 months? Do they have $20,000 in …

Why wouldn’t you Owner Build?

After reading this article about the ‘tricks’ builders are getting to why wouldn’t you owner build. Appoint a Project Manager and save the builders margin. Dodgy building materials Owner Builders need to be aware when purchasing building products in Qld that non confirming products brings new responsibilities, especially if they import the product directly. The expectations that this legislation will …

Building Contracts Important Things to Watch For!

A lesson for homeowners & ownerbuilders to check all contracts & sign off on variations.Plus check to see if the builder has Renovaters Home & Contents insurance to protect your existing home,renovation ,contents & public liability. If you are about to enter into, or have already entered into, a building contract in relation to a residential building, there are some …

Owner Builder Cashes Out!

If you are thinking of owner building,this is what you can achieve when you plan your project,buy at the best price & choose the right trades but most importantly manage the project to get the outcome you desire.And as a bonus you are adding to your wealth by saving the builders margin. KATRINA CREER, Hills Shire Times October 18, 2017  …

Check your Gutters!

If you are an owner builder  & renovating ,check to ensure your plumber is registered ,and do so when building a new home as well… If the sound of rain on your roof is followed by the sound of a waterfall cascading down the side of your house, you could have a guttering problem. Properly installed and maintained gutters and …

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 …

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 …

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 lower end of the pitched …

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 …