Monthly Archives: April 2012

Building Expert, storm damage dispute, Insurer’s builder knocked out for six!

Recently I had a call from an angry owner who was to be charged thousands of dollars extra for repairs to his home by the insurer’s builder under the excuse that there was excessive rot in the home. After the … Continue reading

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BUILDING EXPERT ADVICE, RETAIL TENANCY

I was recently commissioned to inspect commercial premises that my client was negotiating to lease. The premises were the subject of a fire and repairs. Landlord was not coming forth with sufficient level of detail in regard to the property … Continue reading

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ROOF LEAKS,PLUMBING LEAKS, DETECTION WITH THERMAL IMAGING

I was engaged by the developer to help with detection of water leaks through windows in a new residential development. The leaks were damaging carpets and it was important to detect source of the defects. Examination of windows revealed they … Continue reading

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EXPERT WITNESS EVIDENCE, EXCELLENT RESULT IN VCAT DISPUTE

Further to my blogs of 29th February and  26th March I appeared in VCAT as expert witness giving evidence and offering my opinion on the condition of a commercial roof. The central argument between parties was whether the roof repairs … Continue reading

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Building Contract, pre contract consultation, what is good faith have to do with it?

I had a call from a potential client who was contemplating entering into building contract. He wanted a pre contract consultation, his contract review and advice on special conditions that he wanted to put into the contract. He explained that … Continue reading

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Building dispute, tradie not paid by the builder.

Some time ago I had a call from a distressed tradie, a renderer who was not paid by the builder. The amount approached 10 K and was not paid for a few months and a real headache for the small … Continue reading

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Building Expert,Building Dispute, Cost of building works and Expert Witness testimony.

My client had  a dispute with his builder about construction of a dual occupancy dwelling. The works were substantially defective and incomplete and I was commissioned to prepare a report with estimates for rectifying defects and completing all works. The … Continue reading

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Building Inspection,Brickwork, Why is my house eroding?

Brick and mortar erosion is commonly found and varies in severity and intensity. It can be a mild case of white staining on brickwork to a severe case of mortar erosion in which bricks become loose. It is called Efflorescence … Continue reading

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Pre purchase inspection, industrial building it is riskier than it looks.

Inspection of commercial and industrial property is subject to a different rules to that of a dwelling. This is partly due to legislation and partly due to the fact that it is a workplace. Owner’s/ employer’s duties include making workplace … Continue reading

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Building Advice,where do you get the best advice? Who do you ask?

Getting building advice is easy, just ask. There is plenty of free advice available from friends, family, friend of a friend or on a forum or a government department but the chances of it being the right advice  are slim, … Continue reading

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