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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
VCAT Newbie

You will need building defect report in a VCAT compliant format with a professionally prepared cost to rectify defects and you will need to bring your building consultant into VCAT…

5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Just advised my rental property needs to be demolished

Rule no 1. The only time you can rely on building advice is if it is from your own competent building consultant otherwise you risk being

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18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Coral build found rock

Almost everyone gets ripped off for rock excavation either the way it is measured and calculated or if indeed it is classified as excavation in rock. Get someone who knows…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick Laying Tolerance

The brickwork on third photo is unacceptable. I don't like The Guide to Standards and Tolerances because it condones bad workmanship but even so you can check it yourself against…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is my builder liable for damage to existing services on site

From your post it is clear that they knew not to go there but did. I think they are liable but you may need to push the right buttons to…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Most important inspections to do from third party inspector

Your most important inspection is pre contract review
I don't see the value of pre paint /fixing inspection
The purpose of stage inspections is to verify work at critical points of your…

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23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Issues

Without reviewing drawings I cannot be sure however it looks like the pipe on the edge is supposed to be sewer vent. It will most likely be terminated at slab…

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24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House inspector

If you are buying a home then its wise to order building and timber pest inspection. They are actually two inspections and 2 reports. Building inspection should be done to…

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26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Beware of additional Cost in Final Invoice

Variation should be in writing and signed by both parties.
Adjustments against PS items is part of contract reconciliation.
Titos97 should get someone to look into builders claims

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26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House inspector

If you have had inspection and a pre purchase report done by professional in accordance with AS 4349.1 then you would have had an opportunity to read pre purchase agreement…

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26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Responsible for Any dmage or Theft After PCI

Builder is in possession and responsible until keys are handed over.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Right to have stage inspections

All the BS independence/integrity issues would be easily solved if qualified Building Surveyors were allocated to jobs as a random pick from the eligible list. However it seems that even…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Responsible for Any dmage or Theft After PCI

Once you take the keys then you are responsible for protection of your property. I would recommend that you get your wifi organised and on line at handover then…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Right to have stage inspections

Contract cannot override your statutory right to inspections

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab design - garage lower than ground level

The issue is that the slab level of garage is lower than surrounding ground level and that there may be a risk of flooding. A competent designer will set levels…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Right to have stage inspections

You have a statutory right to an inspection and you cannot be charged for your legal rights. Contract cannot override your statutory rights.
If you are in Vic you can refer…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor/inspector NCC/BCA

Top answer from melodious, I am just relieved our student is not studying medicine. We need stronger banishment/deportation laws.

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Settlement Dilemma

read my sig

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Settlement Dilemma

That is exactly what your inspector should be answering!

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Settlement Dilemma

A common thread running on this forum is owners getting cheap inspectors then asking questions on this forum when they have just been given a report with "read it and…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Looking for advice on house problem

You have ordered and got pre purchase condition report. It identifies the issues full stop.
You did not ask or got expert report that will do all that and also make…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Surveyors role

If you got the right consultant you wouldn't be asking questions here on the forum.

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site Works

Have you signed building contract?

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Query - lock up payment

There is no provision in the contract for refunds however if the builder exceeds construction time you will be entitled to liquidated damages.

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Correct deflection in floor - hybeam joists

No there is insufficient information, what is needed is site inspection to verify the deflection, diagnose its cause (review documentation) and then recommend a remedy. Despite certification how do we…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anybody had to rebrick their new house? Advice?

The obvious advice is that if the builder agrees to re brick your house then get him to do it, just make sure demolition does not damage your windows.

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab Heave Cause?

Good point from insider but for the builder there are opposing requirements. Firstly there is requirement to protect foundation material and this is best done with a compacted layer of…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Annual Termite inspection

Termites cannot eat brick or concrete, so your walls and floor are safe but can eat anything else that has cellulose, wool carpets, skirtings, joinery, furniture,plasterboard paper, window reveals. If…

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