Protection of adjoining properties

Article: Victoria Building Authority What have we found? The VBA’s Proactive Inspections Program has identified sites where excavation work has been completed without the required protection measures in place to protect adjoining properties from the effects of unstable site cuts, such as retaining walls/site batters. In many instances, these situations are identified a few months into the building process. Remember, …

Cladding!

Article from Insurance and Risk Insurance brokers have been warned that non-compliant, highly flammable cladding appears to have been used in buildings around the country – not just Victoria. The Victorian Building Authority last week revealed that of the 170 buildings audited as part of the their investigation, which was prompted by the Docklands Lacrosse apartment fire of November 2014, 51% were found to …

Does my builder have to insure my home when renovating?

Yes & No In New South Wales, for example, Clause 22 of the NSW builders contract clearly states that the builder is only required to insure the works HE does. Therefore you, the homeowner need to insure your Home & Contents. BuildSafe Renovators Home & Contents insurance is designed for homeowners who have engaged a registered builder to complete renovations …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Owner Building Step 4: Where to turn when you hit the design phase

Owner builders have four basic options when it comes to obtaining workable blueprints for their new home. Which path you’ll choose depends on the complexity of your design, budget, and level of experience in the building field. It’s just like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. Companies offering kit homes have been around in Australia since the early 1970’s, but today …