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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 …

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Owner Building Step 1: Realising that Owner Building is a Real Option

Owner Building Step 1: Realising that Owner Building is a Real Option In the introduction to our 10 part series on being a successful owner builder we outlined some of the benefits of choosing to be an owner builder. From quality control to cost savings to satisfaction of a job well done, the theme of this edition is plain and simple: …

10 Steps to Successful Owner Building: A How-to Guide Brought to you by Buildsafe

Buildsafe is championing the responsible owner build movement. We believe that through perseverance and hard work, you can be a successful owner builder, and we offer an entire line of policies dedicated to protecting owner builders across our country. Being an owner builder is not a flippant decision to make lightly, you may have to give up your job for …

Hiring an Unlicensed Tradesman is Playing Russian Roulette with your Home

Embarking on a home improvement project entails a huge financial outlay, and so it’s understandable why homeowners want to shave a few bucks off the bill whenever possible. But when the risks of a cost-cutting measure outweigh the benefits, it’s time to take a step back and re-assess priorities. A new survey released by Fair Trading reveals the startling reality …

Will owner builders in NSW be 2nd class?

The days of looking up to the man who built his own home with his own hands may be gone if a NSW Building Association is able to pass a law which effectively labels any renovation you do as 2nd Class. Rules and regulations being pitted against the owner builder by the NSW Association may relegate the owner builder to …