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Buying a Property During Storm Season

The recent spate of severe storms in Brisbane drives home the importance of keeping a home well sealed and dry. Moisture in the form of leaks and water ingress and more seriously, flooding will cause mould, decay and damage to a property. Coupled with warm temperatures and humidity, this may, in turn, encourage termites which can do further significant damage.

As a buyer, you need to be vigilant for signs of moisture, ask yourself the following:

5 Thingѕ tо Look fоr Whеn Purсhаѕing or Buying Nеw Prореrtу

Owning a property has always been the Australian dream but purсhаѕing a рrореrtу аlwауѕ ѕееmѕ like a major and laborious task to dо. Finding the right property that fitѕ within your budgеt аnd suits уоur requirements iѕn't асtuаllу ѕо diffiсult, if you know what to look for. Onе needs tо сhесk if thе сurrеnt mаrkеt iѕ in your favour аnd will fetch good rеturnѕ оn thе investment. Bеlоw are a few useful tips thаt will help уоu in buуing or purchasing a рrореrtу аnd mаkе the entire еxреriеnсе less ѕtrеѕѕful.  

5 Reasons to Have a Qualified Building Inspector

For the majority of Australians, the most expensive purchase we make in our lifetime is our home - and you don’t want to take the risk of opting for an unqualified building inspector just to save some money. Unfortunately, only one state in Australia requires a pre-purchase building inspector to be licensed and that is Queensland, which means in other states literally anybody without relevant license or qualifications can claim to be a building inspector.

Cracking Mentioned in Your Property Inspection Report? How Serious Is It?

The sight of cracking can put fear into a buyer's heart. Yet most properties will exhibit cracking at some point in their lives as materials age and settle to accommodate changes in the building's environment, especially if the builder has not allowed for this by installing expansion or control joints. Often cracking is inconsequential, affecting only the appearance of the building and if static, can be simply repaired. However, cracking can also be a serious distress signal that the building's serviceability or even stability may be under threat.

Why You Need a Building Inspection and Pest Inspection Combined

Most of us will purchase our home upon the condition of a satisfactory property inspection report. Engaging a qualified professional to inspect what will probably be the biggest purchase we will ever make in our lives is strongly advisable. However, while the focus tends to be on the building inspection component, often another key inspection tends to be downplayed or even overlooked.

Why a Building and Pest Inspection Tests for Signs of Water

Living in Queensland is beautiful one day, paradise the next. But there is a down side to all the high humidity and rainfall of tropical Queensland with its regular flooding and that's water damage to our homes. Water may look benign but apart from structural defects, water is one of the major concerns of a building inspector, especially if water issues continue unaddressed within the home. Water itself can lead to substantial structural problems.

Have Termites Created a New Super Hybrid?

The world's most destructive termite species, Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi), were previously thought by scientists to be prevented from interbreeding due to their distinct, separate swarming seasons. However, with climate change and human activity, they have recently been observed to swarm simultaneously in South Florida.

Home Inspections and Caveat Emptor. What's the Connection?

You've probably heard of the Latin term Caveat Emptor or "buyer beware"... but what exactly does it mean and how does it affect you?

According to Cornell University Law School, it’s “a doctrine that often places on buyers the burden to reasonably examine property before purchase and take responsibility for its condition, especially applicable to items that are not covered under a strict warranty.” It has been consistently applied in the property industry right across Australia.

Why Building Inspectors and Building Certifiers Are Not the Same

Building a new home is a hectic, stressful process with a lot to do and many rules to comply with. Not only is the process very expensive, but also confusing, especially if it is your first time. A crowd of professionals and tradespeople are involved and to the uninitiated it may not be clear what their different roles are. The most common source of misunderstanding is the difference in roles between Building Inspector versus Building Certifier.

Building Your New Home... Good News!

Up until now, the quality of your build has often been negatively affected by subcontractors employed and supervised by your builder not being incentivised to deliver the quality both you and your builder require. Only the principal contractor and not their subcontractors were held to be responsible for work. Disputes involving untradesmanlike work and unmet schedules have become rife within the residential building industry .

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