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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder not providing certificates to certifier for OC

The greatest incentive for the builder to obtain occupancy certificate is the last payment. In Victoria it is illegal for the builder to claim final payment without occupancy permit. Have…

6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?

Casa2 says
"I also wonder what happens if you upgrade from, say, a $100 toilet to a $900 toilet that requires the same amount of work to install. Does the builder…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Liquidated Damages

Your PCI and the occupancy permit are no evidence that the house has reached practical completion and neither triggers builder's release from liquidated damages if the builder is late in…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What changes of plan will impact engineer report & approval?

Don't forget that if you are on a standard contract then the builder has the right to refuse a variation, and you can't blame him for that.
Essentially you have already…

13 d13 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

Recently I was called to inspect a garage attached to a ranch style home on acreage north west of Melbourne. The owner has noticed some cracking for years but recently…

19 d19 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
New build, builder claiming “unforeseen rock”

I am not familiar with SA but it seems you already have all the right answers but your builder is not taking you seriously and just testing luck.
Keep recording all…

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Problem with finishing

you can always have weep holes at the bottom of the wall

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Smart ideas!

not bad

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load Bearing Posts??

If I was you I would be very concerned because the plans do not show posts but solid brick piers and because of the corrosion the posts are structurally compromised.…

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29 d29 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Is Termite Resistant Timber Frame Nessesary in Gold Coast?

Termites can breach or avoid barriers so it is always a good idea to have your primary frame elements treated as your second line of defence. Remember, termite damage is…

29 d29 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Quality Consultant Questions

Bashworth has given you a good answer, your builder is bluffing you, don't sign anything.
If you have already signed a building contract you don't have to sign anything else and…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building contract cancellation & going with another builder

Yes, after you sign the contract you have no control over builder's timing.
If you sign off on a bad deal the law will not protect you.
How on earth did you…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Contract days exceeded

If you believe what builder tells you then you might jus as well believe in fairies. Your house will be completed when it is practically complete and ready for handover.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building contract cancellation & going with another builder

I would tread very carefully and get a legal advice about ending the contract or you may loose much more than you think.
If you end the contract unlawfully you…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A complex dispute involving the Architect and Builder

I think I have done my bit in my first post
"Your best course of action is to get a very good building consultant to review your situation and map out…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A complex dispute involving the Architect and Builder

Yes a professional builder should check the plans for himself but builder is not underwriter for accuracy and adequacy of architectural and engineering drawings. Architects and engineers are paid handsomely…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A complex dispute involving the Architect and Builder

Yes not a pretty position to be in. In essence having prepared your own drawings (are you talking about an architect or a draftsperson?) you are responsible for their adequacy.…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contract Pitfalls?

Get yourself a good building consultant that knows building , contract admin and contracts. Lawyers are fine but don't have on the ground expertise of the things that can and…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Paving - uneven slab

Your slab should have straight line edges but if there are concrete bulges you will be better off having them chiseled off.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Missing pegs

Bashworth has given you the best answer, your survey pegs are still likely to be there. You can measure yourself and dig around the surface where the peg should be.…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
An oversight by the builder - where do we stand?

The best building jobs are those where booth the builder and the owner communicate respectfully and resolve their issues. That is how it should be, unfortunately too many times it…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete path around house. Use of expansion joints?

Good answer from SaveH2O but what you see now are symptoms of underlying condition and builder's non compliance.
Once your builder has finished then ground levels around your dwelling should have…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concreting House Slab Profit Margin

No one is going to divulge their margin to satisfy your intrigue. If you really want to know then you have to do an estimate and to do that you…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pool Compliance

good answer from Aussieta but you may find what you are looking for here http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... Safety.pdf
I know this is Victorian practice note but it's all based…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pool Compliance

It's all about liability and many Building Surveyors are sued, some multiple times. This is a matter of child safety and unless the fence is spot on, no one in…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Constant Water damage from neighbours leaking pool

If you have water puddle in your lounge you may have serious issues of compliance simply because slab floor level is supposed to be higher than surrounding ground levels and…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pool Compliance

Four issues
1 The ultimate judge of compliance is the Relevant Building Surveyor and if not satisfied there will be no sign off
2 The person responsible for the design and…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Constant Water damage from neighbours leaking pool

I could help you but I am In Vic and FIFO could be more than you wish to pay however if you are interested you can PM.
Otherwise look for a…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Constant Water damage from neighbours leaking pool

So long as you understand that trying to work it out is like self medicating, high risk of wrong diagnosis and wasting money on a fix that is either not…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building and Pest Inspection

Was your home built as per approved drawings? Do you know?
I am currently working on a defect report for my client where she is blamed (not the builder) for balcony…

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