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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Allowances

"What good is this advice after you've paid your deposit?"
You are really good at advertising your complete lack of knowledge of building contract administration.
PS are allowances in the contract (owner's…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Rock excavation!!!! How much would it cost

Just like oils ain't oils not all rock excavation is rock even if rock comes out. There are standards for measurement of building works that define what is and isn't…

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7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Allowances

We always recommend pre-contract review and Provisional Sums is the hottest item of the 30 or so items that we go through the review. It is so because it has…

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8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
The Case of the Missing Insulation

Deja vu! I have seen that a few times.

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
The Case of the Missing Insulation

Building Surveyor would rely on the insulation certificate for the occupancy permit.
Either BS dropped the ball and issued op without the certificate or else someone supplied a false certificate.
If you…

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10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is this building work acceptable? (Brickwork, foundation

It looks like the slab was too short and could not support walls and they had to insert steel as a remedial measure. Yes I would be worried about the…

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10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
London inferno

To those that think only fire cladding is the issue, think again
This is what i said in one of my reports:
"Summary of the Report Findings:

This building is poorly built…

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14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
London inferno

As far as I know, Alucobond was not used in Docklands but a copy called Alucoclad from China
A huge problem with developments here is that even if the correct product…

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14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Any compliance experts here?

I am not familiar with NSW but the development would have to comply with the equivalent to our res code which deals with shadowing, setbacks and overlooking. You can start…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice needed: From construction phase back to drafting?

I agree with our_urban_treehouse and yes you can get the lawyer or experienced building consultant to assist you dealing with the builder and to guide you as to the best…

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22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Question about waffle pod slab

I can already see water ponding against slab edge and that is not good. Builder should already have taken care of surface drainage by having levels grading away from slab…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Dispute resolution changes in Vic

Recently I have had a call from someone who has a problem basement leaks with an owner built property.
He contacted VBA and they were going to come and inspect…

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23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
In Victoria your right to reasonable entry overrides contra

It is correct that domestic building contracts act 1995 states that owner has right of entry at any reasonable time (and that will trump any prohibition in the contract). However,…

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23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
The limitations of Building + Pest inspections?

To answer OP question, the biggest limitations of your B&P inspection are not disclaimers, inspection exclusions, and inspection restrictions, but is the quality of your inspector and the depth of…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

I have already written an article on cost stripping on this forum.
Developers will get architectural drawings to get them past planning permit, then the race to the bottom begins (cost…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Ignore independent building inspection at your peril!

Building surveyor will be good at statutory inspections and to check building compliance however there is a lot more
What about contract conformance
Variations
Adjustments
Experience in building disputes

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Ignore independent building inspection at your peril!

Hi quicks
Contractually you don't have many options and if you are on a standard contract you cannot withold stage payments even if there are defects.
This is why expertise is required…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building/council plans

Just to put it in perspective for you:
One thing is getting the inspector for stage inspection and identify faults and defects and quite another to do something about it.
The reason…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building/council plans

What you are posting raises disturbing issues:
How is it possible for builder to sack certifier?
House frame ring in? that is dishonesty of the highest order that goes to the root…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Custom/special conditions in building contracts?

This is not about changing standard contract it is about customising it with special conditions. Frequently I find that builders try to push builder's risk on the owners, or get…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building/council plans

It is unlikely that merely cosmetic changes will affect building approval but you need to have a good look to see if there are more changes.
What you posted to me…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Breaks in Drainage Pipe

If your drainage pipes are broken then that is potentially a serious issue and a risk to foundation material. In my view, broken pipes must be replaced and drains tested…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
At contract stage, need help

Nuri, you mention that your private inspector does pre contract review, he then would be the best to advise you.
In signing a building contract there is no room for trust,…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Varying mortar thickness - what are our options?

your SS does not have any authority so yes go to the top. You may need assistance from experienced building consultant

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Varying mortar thickness - what are our options?

The whole point of face brickwork is nice and uniform maintenance free appearance or else it would be common brickwork and you would not pay more for face bricks. So…

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