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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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3 h3 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site Cos Provisional or Fixed

I can’t give legal advice

8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Worried about Alfresco pier

The problem with you doing the brick pier is that you become second builder on the job. If something goes wrong you will be blamed even if it's not your…

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8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
When does CCTV cameras get installed

Your builder's insurance will cover you against theft up till handover then you need your own insurance
In my view you need it installed and working ASAP

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8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site Cos Provisional or Fixed

You have been conned. It does not matter what you discussed beforehand, all it matters is what you signed off on. Unless the extra 10 K is clearly marked as…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder withholding compliance certificate

In Victoria occupancy certificate is a pre condition for final payment, also builder is not entitled to be paid for any variations that owner has not counter signed. This excludes…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
mold seen on slab few days after handover

Gee! Your house is in a low spot, your drainage is not done, Why not? You obviously did not have your own independent inspector during construction, Why Not? If you…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Warning about suggested repairs of slab heave

As I thought
VCAT mediators are very knowledgeable and professional but don't care about justice. Their job is to bang two heads together and get them to sign on the agreement.…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Warning about suggested repairs of slab heave

Vcat must apply the law. If your argument was properly structured and presented it would have prevailed.
I do not believe that you went all the way to hearing and that…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Announcing limited availability and gradual retirement

I am 70 now. I have been a builder for over 50 years and have done my bit for this country. About 15 years ago I retired from contracting and…

Announcing limited availability and gradual retirement
2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Warning about suggested repairs of slab heave

Lisa 06
If the builder is responsible for the design and construction of a dwelling on a reactive clay foundation then design and construction must be suitable for the purpose ie…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

If you are in Victoria then there is protection against this types of claims under DBCA1995 but unless you have a good building consultant you will likely save few hundred…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Additions after contract

As a builder myself I could refuse variation and or refuse you do do anything on site before handover.
My advice is, negotiate with your builder, finalise what you want, think…

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is a building inspector worth it during construction?

It is very relevant, I was talking about pre final inspection. I a pre final inspection you should check for
incomplete work
Defective work
Non compliance
Non conformance with the contract
----------------------------------I also do thermal…

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4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is a building inspector worth it during construction?

Norfolk
If you don't have experience then you will believe everything you read. If you read DBCA1995 you will notice that breaches of the Act are subject to penalties but it…

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4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Additional Site Costs

If builder knew site conditions were "P" then that should have been allowed for in the contract. Builder would have built "P" class slabs and known the cost so what…

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Additional Site Costs

I am not familiar with NSW but it seems you have a good chance to avoid the extra cost
Get a good building consultant to assist you

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Additional Site Costs

Did Geo Tech report prior to contract signing disclose a "P" site classification?

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is a building inspector worth it during construction?

Norfolk, your arguments have a lot of holes in it
I have been assisting home owners with building stage inspections for over 15 years so I am qualified to talk about…

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Skateboarding does make your children build their grit

You should read up on building contract law " recommended, Hudson on Engineering and Building Contracts"

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4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Skateboarding does make your children build their grit

The owner and the builder have willingly entered into a building contract. Ordinarily, builder is entitled to build and make his profit. If the owner ended the contract unjustly then…

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4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contracts

I agree with the advice given above
Many builders are now using special conditions to transfer what should be builder's risk on to the owner
Pre contract review is your most important…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

There is no proof of alleged non compliance
There is no proof of loss of fitness for purpose
The partition will have utility of function
Owner is not the victim because there is…

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Mysterious moisture in wardrobe

Everyone is just guessing
Mould is a consequence of dampness
The fact is that there is source of moisture creating conditions for mould growth
Get someone experienced to inspect and use moisture detection…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

The real issue missed by everyone is " Where is the specification?"
Specification is an instruction set to the builder that clearly communicates what is to be done.
If you are the…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

If building work is released from compliance by virtue of the schedule 8 exemption of the Building Regulations then it cannot be faulty for non compliance, by definition.
I don't understand…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

In a situation like this noggins are neither here or there so bagging the builder is unwarranted
My reasoning:
The house has been completed
The wall is independent non load bearing partition
Construction of…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

which code are you referring to?

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No noggins

The house has already been built and the new construction is nothing more than independent non-loadbearing partition (not part of residential frame)
I have no problem with it.

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