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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 media …

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 …

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? …

What is Construction Insurance & What Does it Cover?

Article by Insurance and Risk Construction insurance is a complex beast, capable of rocking the foundations of myriad projects, whether it’s run by an owner/builder, SME or multi-million dollar company. But with knowledge comes power – brokers who take the time to study the fine print will be well positioned to reap the rewards from this burgeoning segment. THE DEVIL’S …

Who owns the copyright to your plans? Know where you stand!

If you are owner building or using a builder please be aware of the following: Author: Jacqui Rigby-King If a person commissions an architect or a builder to draw architectural plans for them in accordance with their own “mud map” designs, and even if there is not much additional design input into the drawing of the architectural plans, the architect or …

3 Vital questions you MUST ask your builder before renovating!

Its great, you are about to start, the renovation is going to look great, BUT…….. Is your home insured? Sure, the builder has insurance & you have home and contents insurance BUT are you insured while the renovation is being built? These are the questions you must ask your builder – Have you insured the renovation? Have you insured my …

When cheap is expensive!

When buying Owner Builder Insurance Everyone wants the cheapest price but in assuming all Owner Builder policies are the same will cost the Owner Builder in the event of a claim. And why else do you buy insurance – so in the event of a claim you will be compensated? Underwriter statistics show that (50%) of all Owner Builder claims …

Leaks, water damage can be major cost for apartment owners

Property Observer – Robert Caulfield Water leaks and water damage have been highlighted as a common and major maintenance issue for apartment buyers and owners, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Faulty workmanship, poor design or poor quality materials and ageing are the major factors in apartments or high rise buildings developing water leaks. Water leaks are one …

Who is responsible for insurance for Pre-existing property during House Renovation and Extension Building works

Article by Reef Coast Construction Just whose responsibility is it, to arrange insurance cover for pre-existing buildings and their contents, during House Renovation and Extension Building works? This is a question regularly posed by both builders and property owners alike and the answer is really quite simple; It is the responsibility of the property owner to effect and maintain insurance …

Safety – The Don’ts!

Article by Brightside We’ve put together a selection of 24 photographs which show that there is a kind of resourcefulness that only men seem to display. Women shouldn’t be jealous of this, however, for as you can see, it’s often characterised by a complete absence of the instinct for self-preservation. What would we do without these guys?   So, this …