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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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15 h15 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

I think you need to look at the purpose of my inspection. It was inspection(as a second opinion) of the property and a review of the pre purchase report to…

22 h22 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Arden Homes Inspectors

As a builder who has lived through change from council building inspectors to privatised building surveying and inspections I can tell you of a catastrophic fall in inspection standards and…

23 h23 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

No, Brick veneer on clay reactive soil in N/W Melbourne

2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Arden Homes Inspectors

Excellent write up

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2 d2 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
More Lemons, he bought a Lemon

Recently I inspected dwelling that had been purchased six months earlier and now that the owner is in has become aware of serious problems that had not been properly reported…

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3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
She bought a Lemon

Recently I was called to inspect a home recently purchased that had bad roof leaks and significant brickwork cracking and it was so bad that the home had to be…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Standards for weep holes under the window

Your window heads are in protected position under eaves and it is unlikely you will have a problem.
From memory if a window or door is 1m or less it does…

3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Build contract, legal advice?

Pre contract review is not just about the contract, its also overview of your drawings in the hope of picking up blunders before they cause problems and is also partly…

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4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

"t's not Black & White...... there are shades of grey"
Wrong again!
DBCA 1995 defines any breach of statutory warranties a defect regardless of cause
"Deception & Mistakes Doesn't necessarily mean "Defect"
Wrong again!
Deception…

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

I stand by my comments and I was quoting the law. Last I checked engineers (or anyone else) are not exempt from law.
In any case "mistake"= defect
It seems you are…

4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

StructuralBIMguy writes
"The structural drawing can be changed without your consent"
Wrong!
The homeowner is protected by builder's warranties under the DBCA 1995ACT which states
"(2) The builder warrants that the work will be…

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6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Saving home buyer from a Lemon

Recently I have been asked for a pre purchase inspection, on a referral from a solicitor, for one of his clients. The client had found the house he wanted and…

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7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Tolerance for the footings

There is no saving, just shortcut for the lazy concreter, there is no excuse for not following approved drawings and poor workmanship.

7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

Your independent building consultant will be able to guide you

7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

The short answer that the builder is not permitted to vary contract/building permit drawings without your consent unless a circumstances arise that are beyond builders control.
It seems it would be…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Tolerance for the footings

It’s just a shortcut for the Concreter
Tell him “You are fired!”

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No inspector - on a scale of 1 to 10, how reckless is it?

Perhaps you have $100k plus to leave on the table for lawyers to argue your point in court.
Consumer protection is a scam and you are on your own. The laws…

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10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No inspector - on a scale of 1 to 10, how reckless is it?

Building inspector only has to ensure your house is safe for occupation, that leaves lot of unseen Elephants in the room.

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No inspector - on a scale of 1 to 10, how reckless is it?

Building surveyors pay building inspectors around $120/inspection, what are you going to get for that?
Top qualifications?
Top experience?
Top advice?
Helping hand during your build?
No way!

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
How to fix drainage issues on pavement around house

Cut out concrete rectangle from downpipes to exposed aggregate concrete, extend drain to the middle of the area (low spot) and re concrete making sure it drains into outlet.

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11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No inspector - on a scale of 1 to 10, how reckless is it?

About half of my working time I spend looking after people who are building with building stage inspections, the other half looking after people who dearly wished they got them…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termites

Termite management requires annual inspections because termites can breach or avoid barriers and if they do the inspection will pick up damage before it becomes serious. Imagine you have had…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Renovation on a waffle pod slab

In building anything is doable, just a matter of money, in medicine not so, if someone snuffs you can't bring them back.

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Renovation on a waffle pod slab

you will need engineering opinion

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Can I insist the builder tells me who their subcontractor i

To answer OP question, no you don't have the right. All you need to know is that your builder is in charge and responsible, he takes your money, the buck…

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspectors views. Key Building Consultants.

Welcome to the forum.
My sentiments are with you, it won't be long before, on standards, we shake hands with our sister states of the third world.

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Peg out. What does this mean and is it correct?

Your house is obviously smaller than the block of land , so it must be located with appropriate offsets from the boundaries. This is marked with pegs. Unless you are…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cert IV in Building - Worthwhile of OB?

Every education is a worthwhile investment, you will learn things you didn't know.

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pollution by postcode

It seems they have learned nothing from gassing residents in Caranbourne and don't forget the gasses from water treatment plant could not be good.

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