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.

The Thermal Imaging Myth

Over the past 15 years and thousands of inspections, ABIS have researched numerous technologies. In recent years, we have adopted thermal imaging which has proven to be a very useful tool in improving the quality of our inspections.

However, due to recent outrageous claims from unscrupulous inspectors, we feel compelled to do some "myth busting".

British Sleep Standing Up?

According to Cabe, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment which surveyed residents of homes built between 2003 and 2006 within an hour’s travel of London, the UK builds the smallest homes in Europe so the British are now probably sleeping standing up. 
The average room in a newly built dwelling in France is 26.9 square meters compared with 15.8 square meters in the UK.
The average floor space of a newly built home in Australia is 206 more than double the size of a tiny 76 in the UK.

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.



Positivity in the Face of Adversity

Here’s an unusual feel-good foreclosure story from Diane Tuman, Zillow Content Manager that may have a positive ending and perhaps create an entirely new career for an American woman who is an actress and divorced mother of three. In a creative measure to save her house from foreclosure, she held a bake sale with her goal to bake and sell 100 homemade “mortgage apple pie cakes” at $40 each.

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.

Down the Gurgler!

Ever have the urge to drink your own shower water? It may soon be possible.

Eco-thinkers have come up with an amazing new way to create drinking water - by putting plants in the bottom of your shower.

After you have washed in the special eco-shower, the water passes down into a series of physical filters and is treated by plants growing around your feet.

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Can you really be so busy that you can't walk a 25 million dollar cheque into the bank? Believe it or not an American real estate agent deposited the cheque via a drive-through teller window. Apparently this was standard procedure for this real estate agent who often conducted large transactions in this way. Turns out the cheque bounced big-time, but not before the agent had wired 23 million dollars of funds into other accounts.


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.


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.


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.


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!

How the Other Half Live...

If you've ever complained that your apartment is a shoebox, Eunice Yoon of CNN suggests we consider the plight of Hong Kong resident Chung Lau who lives in a 58 square meter flat with 18 strangers.

His "cage home" is sectioned into tiny cubicles made of wooden planks and wire mesh packed with all his worldly possessions... hard to believe, considering Hong Kong's exorbitant luxury property market with a record-breaking sale of a $57 million duplex.