Building Industry News in Victoria

 

Latest property market and building, pest and construction inspections news that affects our customers and clients across Melbourne and greater Victoria.

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If you're planning a construction project of some sort, have you remembered to request a dilapidation survey? Unfortunately, construction activities have the potential to cause damage to neighbouring land and buildings. If a nearby property or landowner spots damage on their property, they could potentially sue you, blaming your construction work for the problem. Read More...
It is not uncommon to hear stories of people who build their dream home only to find that years later there are issues with the construction of their home. Repairing these issues can not only be inconvenient, difficult and time-consuming but also extremely costly. Read More...
While standard building inspections may also involve basic termite inspections, it is also important to ensure a full pest inspection is conducted prior to purchase. Buyers can request a full pest inspection to identify any wood decay fungi, mold, borer or other pest issues in the home. Read More...
You are entitled to inspect the property at any reasonable time during the week before settlement. Contact the real estate agent to arrange this inspection. Read More...
The Grenfell Tower fire in the UK in June and the 2014 fire at the Lacrosse building in Docklands have highlighted the fire safety risks arising from the use of combustible and non-compliant cladding as external wall covering on high-rise buildings. Read More...

The City of Casey has launched a new online tool designed to support Casey residents during the process of building a new home ...

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A pre-purchase building inspection conducted by a qualified inspector can provide home buyers with a number of invaluable insights. For example ...

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When you find the house of your dreams, it's tempting to buy it on the spot. But fools rush in. Most property purchase contracts have a building and pest clause - and for good reason. It's not just 'fine print'; you need to really understand these clauses so you don't end up with a property infested with pests or ...

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Victoria has strict building requirements in place for design, construction and installation of spas, swimming pool and also their safety barriers. It is very important that home owners be aware of their legal obligations to maintain their pool/spa safety barriers at all times.

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Many of you must have heard of the Sydney homeowner who bought a house only to discover more than $100,000 worth of pest damage. The buyer purchased the two-bedroom in Sydney's inner west for about $1 million, and had done a building and pest report before making the purchase.
A report which didn't warn him on the huge underlying damage. However, it was mentioned that the building inspector was unable to access parts of the property, but apparently didn't get the buyer's attention.

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