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Knockdown and rebuild your Dream House

Love the area where your life but not so happy about the house. A knockdown might be your answer. Whether you’re more into the address than the abode or yearning to upgrade the house you’ve outgrown, a knockdown rebuild could be the solution to feeling more at home in your desired suburb. A knockdown rebuild involves knocking down an existing …

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Failure to allow a contractor to fix defects could reduce the damages allowed

Bedrock Construction and Development Pty Ltd v Crea [2021] SASCA 66 illustrates the risk to owners of not allowing a contractor the opportunity to fix defects before seeking to recover the cost of doing so from a third party. The Court of Appeal considered whether an owner (Crea) unreasonably refused the contractor (Bedrock) access to the site to fix defects. …

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Check your flexible water hoses

Damaged flexible hoses are a major cause of water damage in Australian homes Insurance can provide cover, but sentimental items can be destroyed, and homes left unliveable during the repair process Check and replace your flexi hoses regularly. An unassuming, inexpensive plumbing kit item is the culprit behind thousands of dollars in water damage to Australian homes. Escaped water from …

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First home buyers guide: Grants and assistance in each state and territory

The federal and local governments have launched several grants and assistance programs to help their citizens achieve the great Australian dream of owning a home. Find out which of them are available to you today: National First home loan deposit scheme (FHLDS) The FHLDS is an Australian government initiative to support eligible first home buyers to build or purchase a new home …

Water Leaks – Owner Builders Watch

I bet you did not know that according to Chubb Insurance1 water leaks are more expensive than fire and theft when it comes to claims rectification. Out of sight – out of mind. When building or renovating taking notice of pipes and hoses is the last thing you as the Owner Builder are worried about. However, internal water damage can …

Why wouldn’t you Owner Build?

What a magnificent home built by an owner builder ,why would you not owner build? Original article by Krystal Mizzi Motor enthusiasts can sit back and admire their “showpiece car from the lounge” at this new Sorrento pad. The modern marvel at 190 Ocean Beach Rd has an integrated, carpeted turntable garage within its family room. Whitefox sales agent James Hallahan said …

Uncomfortable truth – Natural Disasters

Uncomfortable truth – Until an emergency happens – Bushfire – Owner Builders either underinsure or take the risk and NOT insure. It has been ‘scary’, not only the Bushfires but the number of Owner Builders who have rung, begging for cover for their home that is being built or renovated, in the fire zones of NSW and QLD. They had …

Latent Defects Insurance is the answer

“What insurance can you provide to protect me from future Structural Defects”? We have been asked this question many times over the past 30 years by Owner Builders Up till now – We could not help. Yes, as an Owner Builder you were totally reliant on the materials suppled being fit for purpose and the tradies doing a good job. …

Owner Builders Bundle and Save $250 on your Building Insurance

Stories abound of owner builders who took short cuts when it came to insurance when building and lived to rue the day!! For a start, if you under insure when buying Construction and Public Liability Insurance, you will only receive a portion of the payout you expect if you make a claim. If you sell your home and a Structural …

Owner-Builder vs Subbie: How to Effectively Resolve Building Disputes

A building dispute can be a stressful event for both the owner-builder and subbie. When it gets worse, it could be emotionally and financially draining for the parties. Solving your building disputes effectively will prevent your problems from escalating to the worst-case scenario- court trials. The sooner you get to resolve the existing conflict, the faster it takes to resume …