Thank you so much for conducting my building and timber pest inspection and your follow up call. I am comfortable with the report.
There are many forms of extreme weather conditions that are caused by various circumstances and happen every year across the world. More specifically, Queensland has seen its fair share of weather disasters in the past few years and more often than not, they have come sporadically and left a path of destruction behind.
Before the storm and rain season begins, building inspection covering both outside and inside the home should be a priority. The potential of roof or gutter deteriorating due to storm or rain is not something you should ever take lightly. Throughout rain or storm season, your house is continually at the clemency of powerful winds and rain.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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Imagine if you could live mortgage free. According to Heather Shearer of The Conversation (November 5, 2015), Australian families are doing just that by building tiny homes on wheels that measure just 10 square metres or 7m long by 2½m wide... for less than $40,000.
The race is on to build 3D printed houses a breakthrough, which will have significant consequences for housing affordability, customisation and the environment.
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.
Nowadays a Building and Pest Inspection has become almost a prerequisite to buying a home. This is wise considering the enormity of your financial decision. That's why a detailed, independent Building and Pest Inspection Report is an important information tool to assist you in your decision making. But what separates a good report from a mediocre one?
You've just signed your contract and you're flushed with the excitement of purchasing the home of your dreams. However, did you know that safety hazards may be lurking within your dream home?
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.
On July 15 2015, a new Residential Building Contract will come into effect in Queensland. According to the QBCC and Master Builders Queensland, it will incorporate a number of changes:
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 .
On 1 December 2014, the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act PAMDA) was replaced by 4 new pieces of legislation, one of which was the Property Occupations Act 2014 (POA). Changes aimed at streamlining and simplifying property transactions include the following key features: The PAMDA Form 30C Warning Statement was abolished.
Understandably, many vendors are anxious to sell so that they can get on with the next phase in their lives, perhaps even on to their next home, pending the sale of their current property. Unfortunately, in their eagerness to sell, vendors may behave rashly in an attempt to present their property in its best possible light. As a buyer then, you need to be constantly on your guard for these tricks including: