Building Contracts – Watch Out For!

While this article is written for homeowners ,it has  a number of very important points that owner builders need to be aware of when dealing with tradesmen.The most important point for an owner builder is `Use contracts to protect yourself` & `sign off on variations` read on……… If you are about to enter into, or have already entered into, a …

Owner Builder Makes a Profit!

If you are thinking of owner building,this is what you can achieve when you plan your project,buy at the best price & choose the right trades but most importantly manage the project to get the outcome you desire.And as a bonus you are adding to your wealth by saving the builders margin. KATRINA CREER, Hills Shire Times October 18, 2017  …

Owner builders please note the following article!

HOME renovators and tradies are unknowingly putting themselves at risk of lung cancer by failing to protect against silica dust on the job site, the Cancer Council says. New estimates from the cancer charity suggest more than 230 cases of lung cancer each year are caused by exposure to silica dust, prompting warnings for tradespeople and DIY home renovators to …

Check your gutters!

If you are an owner builder  & renovating ,check to ensure your plumber is registered ,and do so when building a new home as well… If the sound of rain on your roof is followed by the sound of a waterfall cascading down the side of your house, you could have a guttering problem. Properly installed and maintained gutters and …

Legal Requirements for Owner Builders in Victoria

Owner builders have certain rights and duties incumbent upon them in Victoria. What do you need to know before building a residence in which you aim to live, also known as being an owner builder? An owner builder is someone intent on building their own home for the purposes of using the home as their own domestic dwelling. The owner …

Owner Builder Definitions

Owner builders & homeowners these definitions will help you understand the building process when dealing with the industry. Ant Capping –  Termite barrier (shield), usually of galvanised iron, placed over piers and dwarf walls to control the entry of termites. Arch – A structure of wedged shaped blocks, or square blocks with wedge shaped joints, over an opening so disposed …

Owner Builders Vic TAKE NOTICE

When building these are the main complaints and defects found by the Victorian Building Authority during its review of Victoria’s Building Regulations. The main complaint is building work in adjoining properties. This is your neighbour, complaining about your project, where your project or where your home renovation is situated on the block and damage to their property. Defective building work …

Do your homework before signing a building contract

Owner builders do your homework before signing a building contract with your subbies,this recommendation is for all owner builders & homeowners as well.   NSW Fair Trading is urging consumers to do their homework before signing a residential home-building contract, following complaints about builders demanding thousands of dollars in unexpected additional payments.   “We are hearing from consumers who thought …

Infinity Cables – ‘Ticking time bomb’ remains for thousands of homeowners

As homeowners renovate around 7 years,or you have bought a house that was renovated 6/7 years ago ,you need to read this article especially if you are an owner builder. Article on Insurance Business Magazine by Jordan Lynn The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned that thousands of homeowners across the country could still be at risk of fire …

Owner Builders and Home Owners – What Building Defects to Watch out for..

When building or watching your home being built or renovated. Choice has pointed out a number of faults that they found in relation to apartments. However, even though these defects relate to apartments I feel that for owner builders in particular you should be well aware of these faults and check that your home or renovation is free from them. …