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Slab Heave Melbourne, Negligence goes on and on!

I am engaged for stage inspections for a new two storey residence in point Cook built by a volume builder. What many people do not realise is that spot inspection of critical points in construction is not the only purpose … Continue reading

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Roof leaks! How will you know?

Not all roof leaks are immediately obvious. Sometimes it is only a small amount of water that gets in and it will take time for ceiling lining to show damage. This can happen in any home and even new home. … Continue reading

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Playing Russian roulette with building inspections? Will the gun go off?

People often overlook independent building stage inspections either through ignorance or because they are making choice to save money. However this is not a simple commercial decision and the risks are far greater than you can imagine. If something does … Continue reading

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Guide to Standards and Tolerances, it’s just “Tolerances For Dummies”

This is a copy of my post on Homeone forum: Ownit: what can anyone tell me about the responsibility of the builder when there are visible ceiling and wall joins? they claim it’s within “tolerance” but in my opinion it’s … Continue reading

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Pre final inspection, settle without one could give you a headache!

I have just inspected a unit settled without pre final inspection that among many other things suffers from serious garage flooding. It’s not surprising because there is failure to design and construct proper retaining wall and the competent drainage and … Continue reading

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Building pre final inspections, talk is cheap I deliver!

There are many pretenders out there who would like to do what I do but just can’t cut it. Would they have the balls to say this in their report? Expert Opinion: The builder is not co-operating regarding fixing of … Continue reading

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Bored pier subsidence, would you trust this structural engineer?

My new home and property ¬†inspection expert Nicholas has come across this situation: New home was constructed on “P”class site (P stands for problem site, usually excessive fill and drainage problems) Slab edges supported on bored piers have subsided Builder’s … Continue reading

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Building stage inspections, are they worth it?

This week I carried out pre final inspection on a big two storey home. This is what I said: Summary of the Report Findings:¬† This dwelling is well constructed and nicely finished and a credit to the builder. Only minor … Continue reading

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Building a new home? Does project management deliver?

Some people consider using project management contract as a way to retain control over their building project, flexibility to make changes and to save money that otherwise would be builder’s profit. But does it deliver? There is no doubt that … Continue reading

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Building Inspection could save you from getting hurt or save you from Injury claim!

Most people would not know that polished timber stairs are injury risk because a person could easily slip and get seriously hurt. This is why BCA has requirement that the treads must be finished in non slip materials. Guess what? … Continue reading

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