What Should A Building Inspection Cost

What should my building inspection cost is one of the first questions asked when someone rings us. I would suggest the question that should be asked is what is a Reliable Home Inspection worth.

An even more pertinent question might be; the question that should be asked is what do I want from a building inspection?

In […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Building Inspection Cost, News|Comments Off on What Should A Building Inspection Cost

Building Inspections do not mean the Purchaser will cool off.

I often feel an uneasy concern when conducting pre purchase building inspections that a Vendor may have when a building inspector enters their home on behalf of a potential purchaser. You just know that they are worried that your inspection may prompt the purchaser to cool off. This occurred just recently in a home I inspected at […]

By |August 20th, 2014|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection|Comments Off on Building Inspections do not mean the Purchaser will cool off.

Are Rainwater Tanks the Answer?

Rainwater tanks with a capacity of at least 1000 litres are required under the SA Planning Regulations  on all new housing as a means of improving water supply in drought ridden South Australia.

As a building inspector carrying out Staged Construction Inspections or Hand Over Building Inspections I must make observation if rainwater tanks have been […]

By |August 11th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Are Rainwater Tanks the Answer?

Carbon Neutral Building Industry

Being Carbon Neutral is one of the biggest challenges facing industry today. The building industry is no different.

Indeed the building industry has long been viewed as one of the bigger polluters. Things are changing as we all become conscious of our duty to look after our planet.

The timber industry has only recently understood the advantage […]

By |August 2nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Carbon Neutral Building Industry

Paving Preparation makes for Good Paving

Unlike in commercial building projects the preparation of paving is based not on good construction practice but solely on cost. Notwithstanding cost commercial building recognise that Paving preparation is a key to avoiding coming back and reworking the paving.

Lets face it —- paviours will not be able to use the argument “that it is not […]

By |July 28th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Paving Preparation makes for Good Paving

Good Paving Design

Good paving design is all about protecting the exterior walls of your house from damp related issues. Keeping consistent moisture content in the soils will go a long way to addressing all three issues noted in our last blog post.

Providing paving round the perimeter of the house is considered by all the experts to be […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Good Paving Design

Dampness in Houses

Dampness in houses can cause one of three things, all of which is serious.

Continual wetting and drying of the soil can cause ground swelling and shrinking which, in turn, can cause upheaval of the footing supporting the walls of the house. This can contribute to cracking in the walls.

Dampness in houses can therefore impact on […]

By |July 15th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Dampness in Houses

Poor Paving and Poor Drainage creates Damp Issues

Poor paving is generally caused by being provided under a separate contract when a new house is built.

Paving is one post building trade that would be best provided by the builder as part of the building contract. Otherwise it is likely that your house will suffer from poor paving.

This is our first blog post […]

By |July 8th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Poor Paving and Poor Drainage creates Damp Issues

South Australian Budget Delivers a Mixed Bag for Property

There were a number of positives which came out of the 2014 budget for residential builders in South Australia.

While we hear of only negatives from the media these are the thoughts of HIA Regional Director SA/NT Robert Harding concerning the impact on the building and property industry.

The main positive to note was that the State Government […]

By |July 4th, 2014|News|Comments Off on South Australian Budget Delivers a Mixed Bag for Property

A Modest Tightening of the Fiscal Belt

The HIA Economists have reviewed both the federal and state budgets.

Read on for their thoughts on the the Federal Budget. I will post another blog shortly on the HIA view of the State budget.

An Overview recognises that the 2014-15 Federal Budget sets out a clear and credible path to get the budget back to a […]

By |July 2nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on A Modest Tightening of the Fiscal Belt