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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 …

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Building Contracts Important Things to Watch For!

A lesson for homeowners & owner builders 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 …

Owner Builder Study Guide and Insurance

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 …

Owner Builder Study Guide and Insurance

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 …

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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 …

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Employees, subcontractors and contractors

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 …

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How to Diagnose and Eradicate Water Hammer

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 …