Improve the Energy Efficiency In Your House

Home Owners are encouraged today to improve your energy efficiency through passive design.  This is possible through good ventilation in the warmer climates and insulation in the cooler climates. 

Air Flow

To improve air flow and air quality you should consider cross ventilation by having windows strategically placed in a home, within one room and from room to room.  As well, louver windows encourage ventilation by capturing any air flow around you house.  If ventilation isn't possible, consider installing ceiling fans to help with the air flow.

G20 To Affect Building Inspections in Brisbane City Council Area

Brisbane City Council has declared Friday 14th November a public holiday for the G20.  If your work place is located in the Brisbane City Council region (similar to the Ekka), then you are requested not to go to work.  The reason for this is to keep the roads clearer and help with security during the G20.

As well as the area around Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) being restricted (including the hotel and restaurants and a large part of the CBD) – the RNA showgrounds and Suncorp Stadium will be restricted in the week leading up to 14 November.

Do The Block Contestants Order a Building Inspection?

With only a few weeks left on Channel 9's The Block, we've been wondering whether the amateur renovators are worried about getting their building & pest inspections.  We don't think it will be a problem as they've had qualified tradies helping them out and Keith overseeing all the structural work, but still, you'd hate to have to justify anything that's not up to scratch just before you go to Auction.

Building Renovations - Legal Ceiling Heights Can Affect Designs

When you're looking to purchase a home in Brisbane or other Queensland areas, one of the considerations is - can I extend or build-in underneath the house?  Many of the older style homes have what was originally a breeze way to allow better air ventilation for cooling as well as to keep termites away.  The structures didn't take into cosideration that you'd want to enclose the area for living space and therefore more often than not it is not the legal height.

Will Baby Boomers Affect the Property Market

RealestateVIEW recently conducted a study of how baby boomers think about the property market.  Only 34.4% of baby boomers think they can afford to stay in their own home.  This will result in many larger houses coming onto the market and smaller houses / town houses and units being bought quicker, thereby increasing the prices in the lower range.

The reasons given by baby boomers to move from their family home include:

How Long Should You Allow for A Building Inspection in Your House Purchase Contract

Depending on the length of contract until settlement, we recommend you leave a minimum of 14 days to have an answer - not because it takes this long to book an inspection, but you still need to consider the outcome of the inspection. If you find there are queries that you want answers to, or negotiations you need to have after you've seen the report, you still have to meet the timeframe you've nominated in the contract before your sale is unconditional.

Brisbane Properties on the Northside are Booming

The property market in Brisbane’s northern suburbs has recovered and it’s definitely a seller’s market.

Remarkably the average time for a property to be listed is currently only 8 days whereas two years ago it was 90 days (as stated on Channel 7 News - March 5, 2014).  With roughly between 15 and 90 people attending each open house, the competition to get a valuable and worthwhile home before the prices re-adjust to the market is tough.

Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) will replace Queensland Building Services Authority

As of December 2013 the Queensland Building Services Authority will be replaced by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) as the regulator for the Queensland building industry.

As one of the largest overseers of employers in Queensland, the biggest reform in 20 years will see the creation of the QBCC. Reflecting the sector's large economic growth the QBCC will have a board with members from different business areas including construction, law, finance and insurance.

Better in Blue

According to a recent survey, people who live in blue houses get paid more and are generally more successful than their counterparts living in houses painted in any other colour.

A poll of 3,000 British homeowners also found those with blue exterior walls were also more likely to be in a long term relationship, have children and really close friends as well as taking at least two holidays abroad to exotic locations every year.

Excuse us while we dash off to do a spot of decorating!

History Repeats

According to the Associated Press, a Pennsylvania history buff who recreates firearms from historic battles fired a cannonball outside his home only to have it ricochet and accidentally hit his neighbour's house 400 yards away. The cannonball, about two inches in diameter, smashed through a window and wall before landing in a wardrobe. Although remorseful, he has been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.


Hair Lair

According to the UK News, a lady in Suffolk has used human hair to construct an extension to her historic home. Locks and tresses discarded from local hairdressers were added to a special lime plaster and used to extend the walls of her 16th century house. She has also stirred in a few of her own hairs and that of her pet dogs for good measure. Gives a whole new meaning to recycling.


Every Day Is Play

One man is building the fantasy of children worldwide. James May of "Top Gear" fame and a toy fanatic, is constructing a two story house completely out of LEGO bricks. He's using 3 million bricks constructed out of 272 LEGO pieces each which will probably mean there'll be a global shortage of LEGO soon. As an added bonus, the house is located in a beautiful vineyard.


The House with a Secret

Undertaking a spot of renovation can uncover nasty surprises which may even escape detection by a diligent building inspection according to Richard Savill of the London Telegraph.

Ironically, a funeral director has found a perfectly preserved 400-year-old cat behind the wall of his cottage when builders were stripping his bathroom.

The cat, is in recognisable shape with claws and teeth, is quite scary-looking and larger than today's domestic cat.

Some Like It Plot

Here's your chance to grab an eternity of fame next to Marilyn Monroe according to the Telegraph. A burial plot next to the late starlet is up for sale on eBay for with bids starting at $710,000.

The crypt is located in Westwood Village Memorial Park, where Natalie Wood, Dean Martin and the recently passed Farah Fawcett are also buried. Hugh Hefner, whose Playboy Mansion is located in the same neighborhood, reportedly paid upwards of $80,000 for a crypt there in the same cemetery.