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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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6 h6 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Small claims owner builder

Gaudi is right, a tribunal is likely to find that the person that accepted your quote is an agent of the owner, so list both on your application.
Mirrmu83 is…

6 h6 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Settling a dispute with engineer

I am not familiar with NSW but in Vic you can make a small civil claim in VCAT (it should be the same in NSW)
It is worth doing so because…

7 h7 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Appreciate your comments on the quality of this brickwork (p

It is true that common brickwork is allowed greater tolerances than face brickwork and it does not have functionality of appearance however all builders work falls under builder's warranties, Vic…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Which stage is best for arranging an Building Inspector

Before you sign building contract
Your most important inspection is pre contract review

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Metricon using our build as a display home to sell more home

I think Steve4216 has a good point. Why would it matter to you?
In any case builder is in charge of the site until handover and if they want to show…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Henley slab heave

There is about a dozen factors, each can cause slab heave on its own or in combination with others. You need a proper diagnosis from someone who has seen it…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Henley slab heave

can you post some photos of your house movement and cracking

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Conflict of Interest

Building Act in Victoria specifically prevents Building Surveyors from having a pecuniary interest in the project, so in VIC it would be illegal. I think it would be reasonable to…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

It seems to me that the flooring change should have been a subject of an amended building permit in which case BS would have had the opportunity to review the…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load baring double and triple studs

Two questions for your engineer
1 Response in writing
2 If the requirement is critical why wasn't it detailed?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

The other problem you have is if there is another weep hole to the right of photo 3 it will be behind flashing and leak

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

The flashing fixing detail is not compliant, contact plumbing commission if you are in vic

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load baring double and triple studs

Unless there is engineering detail requiring continuity of double studs then your chippy is right. Common house frame construction involves blocking between floors. In any case in Victoria, building surveyor…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Underpinning works and renovations

I would recommend you have your home inspected by experienced building consultant to determine the condition and ive you advice. A good building consultant has likely seen your type of…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB

Nice idea old chippy but I have been around long enough to know how easily self certification can be corrupted.
Have a look at self certified roof plumbing and box gutters…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB

Yes it may seem annoying to need a permit to do almost anything but as a builder and property inspector with thousands of homes inspected for pre purchase let me…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice on the Pre-Completion Inspection

What you posted is visually unacceptable workmanship. You should get your own independent inspection because there may be other issues with your home

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House slab

Separate concrete pours mean there is a construction joint and that may create a termite entry risk

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Digging under house slab

You will need a building permit if your pool holds more than 300mm of water, it will be deemed a child drowning risk and pool fencing will be required.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Should l use only a licensed builder

You will run the risk of getting the builder that either cannot be registered due to lack of skill or has been de registered for wrong doing to customers. Why…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Raising house on concrete slab

You will need to overcome compliance issues, start with an architect or a good building designer

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Water pooling against house and pathway issues

have you considered roofing over?

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Opening up roof and sarking for wiring: common practice?

How come there is no access manhole for roof space?

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Door Issue

The gap is not acceptable and there is a need to keep the weather out, it will not meet performance requirements of NCC and the energy report. ECO ECO is…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What to do when the builder refused to rectify the defects?

The kitchen elevation shows continuous bench top with no free standing cooker.
Either the drawing is wrong or the specification, in any case it's builder's mistake if builder provided the drawings.
Mistake…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Renting out primary residence as holiday house

There are a lot of things to consider
If your property is unique you may get a higher rental, if not then you may be competing with many mediocre location properties…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brand new house - Rising damp issue

If you are in Melbourne I can assist you

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building closer to the bay in VIC

You have to remember that a building surveyor will ensure compliance (minimum standard) but you can always and should do more. Your building designer should be able to advise your…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building closer to the bay in VIC

The closer you are to the breaking surf then more corrosion you can expect. My cottage is 4m from king tide and breaking surf (Frederick Henry bay Tas) and I…

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