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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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Rising dampness, adding to human misery.

Recently I visited Tasmania on a holiday and whilst there i visited Port Arthur. It’s impossibly beautiful place but also depressing and shrouded in history of human misery. One of unintended contributors to misery for all, convicts, servants, soldiers and … 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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Pre Final Inspection, It is not good enough!

When you have spent close to $ 400,000 on a beautiful new two storey home this is what you may face at pre final inspection if you have not bothered with pre plaster inspection. Last week I inspected two homes … Continue reading

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Foundation heave, New home ruined, INVESTMENT DESTROYED!

Yesterday I inspected a two year home that is comprehensively ruined by foundation heave. What you see here is the worst part but the slab has moved throughout the home. This happens when home is built on highly reactive clay … Continue reading

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Defective Brickwork, what goes up, sometimes it must come down!

My client was building a big beautiful two storey home a block away from the beach and the builder was one of the top tier volume builders. Brickwork was finished and it’s appearance was unbefitting good workmanship and the tolerances … Continue reading

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Pre slab inspection. Just when you thought it could not get worse, it just did

Following my pre slab inspection on 05/04/2012 (see blog) I was called to do frame inspection. Whilst I did not have issues with the frame, this is what I found: At the time of inspection, lower sections of frame were … Continue reading

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Building inspection, How to take a big hit on your asking price?, just don’t get independent inspections while you build!

You will sell your property one day, Is this what it will look like?   For an attempt to save few hundred dollars while you build and skimping independent inspections you are risking a donkey ride from your builder and … Continue reading

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