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A-Z Menu of Inspections

We can assist you to find on the spot evaluation, assessment and advice from an independent and experienced specialist Expert Member of our unique Get It Right Network.

Locate and write down the appropriate service you need from our A-Z Menu of Inspections + Reports + Services below, then look up the Expert Profiles in the You Choose section :-

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    This service provides an excellent opportunity for you to talk to an architect about planning your new building project, objectively review house plans or receive a professional opinion on the renovation potential of a property.Assess on-site help by an experienced architect to discuss most building matters or technical issues or problems. Receive planning advice or ideas in order to assess the potential of a property with options available for building or renovating.An Architect can also provide advice concerning any technical issue, planning or housing code matter or other areas including dampness or cracking.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A visit to site by an architect, to meet and discuss your own ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation, neighbouring properties, environmental factors and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report including concept drawings for the proposed dual occupancy aspect (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned is sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees. Once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When seeking ideas and solutions dual occupancy desires.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving a professional and competent design solution for your proposed dual occupancy needs.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    This interior alterations service is a visit to site by an architect usually familiar with the requirements of your local council, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation and the requirements of local Council. The architect will discuss with you on site, some interior alterations options, outlining their advantages and disadvantages. He or she may produce a few quick sketches to convey their ideas. No concept drawings are provided in this preliminary service.
    Some Applications: This service is keenly sought by people wishing to learn of ways they could improve or enhance their existing home, within its current structure.
    The Benefits: A low cost way of receiving outside professional assessment and competent design possibilities associated with a internal renovation of the home or investment property.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A visit to site by an architect, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess the site, its orientation, neighbouring properties, environmental factors and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report including concept drawings (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned and sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees. Once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When considering to buy land or an existing home that you plan to knock down. When considering to rebuild a home on the land the land that you already own.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving outside professional and competent design solutions for your proposed land and your needs. Some clients organised two or three such reports, which gives them the benefit of two or three different ideas from which to choose or combine. Given the cost and permanency of building a new home this is a clever, prudent and straightforward way to receive creative and practical solutions from which to choose. The design of the Sydney Opera House arose from a competition conducted by the NSW Government. Similarly you can obtain one, two or three design concepts to your land and your needs, and then decide knowing you have explored a number of options.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A major renovation is a ground floor or first-floor extension. The service is a visit to site by an architect usually familiar with the requirements of your local council, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation, neighbouring properties, environmental factors and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report for your major renovation needs including concept drawings (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When seeking ideas and solutions for a major renovation or extension.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving outside professional and competent design solutions for your proposed renovation and your needs.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A minor renovation is internal alterations only within the existing structure. The service is a visit to site by an architect usually familiar with the requirements of your local council, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report for your minor renovation needs including concept drawings (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees. Once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When seeking ideas and solutions for a minor renovation, namely internal alterations only.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving outside professional and competent design solutions for your proposed minor renovation and your needs.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    This renovation potential service is a visit to site by an architect usually familiar with the requirements of your local council, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation and the requirements of local Council. The architect will discuss with you on site, some renovation options, outlining their advantages and disadvantages. He or she may produce a few quick sketches to convey their ideas. No concept drawings are provided in this preliminary service.
    Some Applications: This service is keenly sought by people wishing to learn of untapped renovation potential and possibilities, including a ground floor or first-floor extension. When seeking ideas and solutions for renovation possibilities. The service can be used when considering buying an existing home, but wanting to learn off renovation possibilities rather than being content with the existing home. This service is also used by current homeowners looking to renovate their present home who of us seeking ideas.
    The Benefits: A low cost way of receiving outside professional assessment and competent design possibilities associated with a renovation of the property.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Asbestos in a building is potentially very dangerous. Asbestos is a general term for a group of naturally occurring minerals consisting of thin, tough fibres like textile. It was widely used for a considerable period of time, to both provide insulation, particularly for hot water systems and pipes, as well as being used to provide cheap building materials known as 'asbestos cement' sheeting where cement was mixed with asbestos fibre to make cheap roof and wall-cladding sheets commonly known as 'fibro'. Asbestos was also used in carpet underlay for a period of time.
    There are strict rules and regulations with regard to dealing with asbestos in a building. These regulations apply with regard to removal (demolition) or renovation. It can be hazardous for occupants in a house or an office building to live or work in such a structure particularly when renovating as fibres of a respirable size become airborne and are then inhaled.
    Licensed specialists carry out inspections to determine if asbestos exists in a building, using procedures which must comply with the regulations. If asbestos is found, a report will reveal the locations and extent plus the best way to have the material removed.
    WARNING: Do not go probing for asbestos or asbestos made products yourself. If the asbestos is left undisturbed, it is far safer than when it is exposed or disturbed.
    If you have any doubts or concerns of the likelihood of asbestos being present, call us to arrange an inspection and the testing of samples which would be taken by the Consultant if required.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection and testing of the immediate area where dampness or water entry has presented itself. Dampness can be caused by a number of reasons and only an expert with the appropriate knowledge and equipment can assist in determining the nature of the dampness, the likely cause and the best remedial approach. Sometimes the excavation or removal of structures may be required to find the cause of the problem. A report confirms the findings.
    Some Applications: Dampness or water entry from balconies, garden beds and roofs can be very common problems in homes, home units, strata blocks or commercial buildings. These problems can occur in newly constructed buildings, as well as in established buildings. Basements, concrete balconies and flat concrete roofs are notorious potential problem areas.
    The Benefits: Dampness and water entry is unsightly, can cause odours, mould and can damage materials, goods furnishings or furniture. By having the cause of the problem are properly identified as well as available options to have it correctly remedied, you will be in the best position to rid yourself of this unsightly , unpleasant and potentially damaging problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection and testing of the immediate area where dampness or water entry has presented itself. Dampness can be caused by a number of reasons and only an expert with the appropriate knowledge and equipment can assist in determining the nature of the dampness, the likely cause and the best remedial approach. Sometimes the excavation or removal of structures may be required to find the cause of the problem. A report confirms the findings.
    Some Applications: Dampness or water entry in basements or car parks or tanking systems can be very common problems in homes, home units, strata blocks or commercial buildings. These problems can occur in newly constructed buildings, as well as in established buildings. Basements are notorious potential problem areas.
    The Benefits: Dampness and water entry is unsightly, can cause odours, mould and can damage materials, goods furnishings or furniture. By having the cause of the problem are properly identified as well as available options to have it correctly remedied, you will be in the best position to rid yourself of this unsightly , unpleasant and potentially damaging problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection and analysis of the plans, as well as the site, enables assistance in exploring the options of unnecessary to prepare and gain approval of a BASIX required new building or renovation. BASIX is a water and energy-saving index to which compliance in NSW and other states is now compulsory.
    Some Applications: When preparing designs and design applications for submission to your local council, who require compliance with BASIX regulations.
    The Benefits: By engaging experienced, qualified and knowledgeable consultants, you are in a better position to develop at a design solution which will comply with BASIX and hopefully incorporate the design features that you ideally require or want.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government. The ABCB is a co-operative arrangement between the signatories, local government and the building industry. The Building Codes Committee (BCC) is the peak technical advisory body to the ABCB with responsibility for technical matters associated with the BCA. The BCA is given legal effect by building regulatory legislation in each State and Territory.
    The ABCB's mission is to address issues relating to health, safety, amenity and sustainability by providing for efficient design, construction and performance of buildings and other structures through the BCA and development of effective regulatory systems. The BCA is a uniform set of technical provisions allowing for variations in climate and geological or geographic conditions.
    The BCA is published in two volumes: Volume 01 pertains primarily to Class 02 to 9 buildings. Volume 02 or more commonly known as the Housing Provisions, pertains primarily to Class 01 and 010 buildings (single dwelling, villa unit, guest house, sheds, carports or retaining walls, swimming pools etc). The classification of a building or part of a building is determined by the purpose for which it is designed, constructed or adapted to be used. The BCA format is presented in a way to provide greater flexibility for the use of new and innovative building products, systems and designs.
    Performance Requirements
    Every part of a building must be constructed in an appropriate manner to achieve the requirements of the BCA provisions, using materials that are fit for the purpose for which they are intended. A building material, form of construction or design must conform to a performance requirement or a deemed-to-satisfy provision and be approved by a registered Testing Authority.
    Parts of the building that do not contribute to the structural stability, safety, weatherproofing or healthy conditions, such as wall and floor tiling, internal wall lining, cabinetry or painting, are considered to be "decorative finishes" and are not covered by the BCA. Requirements for these items should be specified in the plans, specifications and scope-of-works that comprise the contract documents. Electrical and plumbing items (other than stormwater drainage) have separate laws and codes, therefore they are not included in the BCA.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An on-site inspection of the brickwork or paving problems, identifying the extent of the problem, the causes and the remedial work required to make good both in the short and long-term. The findings and recommendations are confirmed in a report.
    Some Applications: Where the brickwork or paving problems have arisen. There are usually disputes or differences of opinion as to the extent of the problem and its causes. Often the manufacture of brick or paving products will blame the contractor. And the reverse can be the case, where the contract blames the manufacturer or supplier of the goods. This inspection clearly establishes where the problems lie, who was responsible and how to rectify the problem. It is amazing that simple and long-standing processes of brickwork and paving can have many potential problems and failures.
    The Benefits: Credible and reliable independent specialist opinions, to clearly and quickly establish the causes of the problem, to then put to the parties concerned to ideally have the problem quickly remedied and properly Made good. If this dispute ends up at a tribunal or in the courts, this report will be invaluable in defending your case, and the consultant could also be available as an expert witness.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The on-site services of a an experienced builder to carry out an independent visual inspection and checking of any new building work, progressive construction work or seeking assistance to solve a problem, all fit within the wide range of knowledge available to you, the findings of which can be confirmed in a report.
    Some Applications: For new building works, assessment of the quality and standard of workmanship and materials, compliance with the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards, checking or workmanship at the time of progress payments and to ensure that an overpayment is not being requested. If a difference of opinion or dispute arises on the building site, often the involvement of an independent builder may defuse the problem and save money in the long run by avoiding delays and legal or tribunal processes. For existing properties, an experienced builder can assist in solving problems that arise.
    The Benefits: By engaging the services of an experienced builder to visit your site to discuss and assess your needs or problems, you are availing yourself of independent and professional advice to solve or satisfy your building need from a person who has had years of hands-on experience and knows what to look for.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    A Building Consultant, who usually has many years of experience in building and on site, is an ideal person to engage when you have a problem which requires technical advice and diagnosis of housing defects and remedial work required for rectification.
    Some Building Consultants use or have access to testing or investigatory equipment, bearing in mind they are not 'Superman' with x-ray vision, to be able to 'clearly see' the cause of a problem or see inside enclosed areas.
    Although they basically provide a visual inspection, their vast experience in knowing how buildings are built, the age of the building and likely problems, the likelihood of deterioration of a building or its components, the materials and techniques used at the time the building would have been built, they are well equipped to provide sound and reliable technical advice. They can also recommend where a specialist exploratory service may be required.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    The on-site services of a certifier are required at regular intervals and stages of construction to comply with and to check that the building is being constructed in accordance with the approved building application, plans, engineers drawings, contract and specifications.
    Some Applications: During construction, to comply with the requirements of your building approval issued by your local council to ensure compliance.
    The Benefits: To comply with the requirements of local council and to protect your interests to ensure that what is being built is done in accordance with Council requirements, the associated design and documentation.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection of the property that has been built, certifying that it has been completed in accordance with the building consent issued by local council and in accordance with the design and specification. The inspection and its results are confirmed in a report.
    Some Applications: To comply with requirements of your local council inspection. Often to comply with the requirements of your financier and insurance company.
    The Benefits: To have completed in a timely manner a completion report to satisfy the needs of local council, lending bodies and insurance companies. This completion report is required by council before they will issue an Occupation Certificate. It is important to have his final signing of carried out as soon as possible, to avoid any delays or problems in the years ahead, especially if you end up selling your property at some time.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    A meeting to receive the plans, engineers drawings, building approval and specifications of the proposed project, usually a visit to the site to determine the ease or difficulty of access for construction, to then be in a position from the office to extract quantities of materials required, calculate the costs of these material and the labour of trades and other skilled personnel to construct the building or alterations. A report is prepared outlining the building costs.
    Some Applications: To independently and professionally have assessed and calculated an estimate of the cost of construction.
    The Benefits: Helpful if not vital when determining an estimate of the actual cost to build what you are proposing, and thus to ensure that it is within your budget for to establish the borrowings required. If the project is in excess of your financial resources, you can then discuss with the designer ways of reducing the costs. By having independent building costs calculated, you are in a good position to assess building quotations received.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection by an independent expert to assess the building works (either a new construction, extension or renovation ) and to identify any defects or defective or non-complying workmanship. The findings are confirmed in a report including photographic illustrations.
    Some Applications: During construction. Before making each progress payments. Before making the final payment. At least 06 months before the expiry of the Builder's Warranty period.
    The Benefits: Your rights and your investment are protected. An independent and professional appraisal will be taken more seriously by a builder. By organising regular inspections (be sure you have included in your Contract before signing the right and access to the site for a independent inspections to take place) your builder knows that you are having assistance in checking workmanship and materials, so in all likelihood he will perform to in the best possible way and to the highest construction standards. This will save you time, delays, disputes and money during the process, much more than the cost of organising these independent inspections. It is always better to nip any problem in the bud.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    When building disputes occur, they can be very stressful, time consuming and very expensive to resolve within the Court. Why Disputes?
    Most disputes arise because people do not understand the responsibilities a building contract places on the part of the home owner and on the part of the builder. Often misunderstandings involving; building costs, quality of work, variations or changes to the work, time periods to completion, and the work that will actually be performed, are all common disputes.
    I have a Dispute. How do I resolve it?
    First, approach the other party with the aim of resolving the issues amicably. Should this fail, The Building Centre Network can refer you to a specialist Home Building Solicitor or a Qualified Building Consultant to mediate between the parties to afford a resolution. This service is designed to determine the issues in the dispute or if a breach of the law has occurred and what options are available to resolve the complaint. Most common reasons for employing this service are: building defects, incomplete work or damage as a result of the builder's or contractor's work.
    This service extends to providing practical, expert advice on preventing or resolving problems between you and your builder or tradesmen such as communication breakdown, disagreement about variations to the original contract or problems with workmanship to name a few.
    Often by engaging an independent expert, the problem can be diffused or resolved, avoiding costly delays, added friction or changing the whole tone of the working relationship. It is always preferable to 'nip in the bud' a potential problem.
    An experienced Building Consultant will visit the site to learn about the problems then initiate a resolution. Your contract, drawings and specifications will be reviewed, so that an expert and impartial opinion can be formed as the basis of resolving the problem. We encourage you to take advantage of this service in order to avoid the stopping of work and potentially very costly legal action.
    Unresolved Building Disputes
    Should a dispute be unresolved, the various states offer a Dispute Resolution Service.
    - In New South Wales
    If you and your contractor cannot resolve the problem, you should contact 'The Office of Fair Trading' and request Dispute Resolution Assistance. They may refer you to HoBAS (The Home Building Advisory Service) to assist you further. If the process put in place by 'The Office of Fair Trading' is unresolved, an application to the Tribunal - i.e. "Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal" (CTTT) would be your next step. The necessary Expert Reports for the Tribunal can be provided by our network of Buildings and consultants. Complaints can be made to 'The Office of Fair Trading' if the building work is less than seven years old and the builder is not responding to the defective work.

    - In Victoria
    Building advice and conciliation is provided through the 'Building Advice and Conciliation Victoria' (BACV). This service provides free advice to assist you and your builder to reach agreement and resolve a dispute. Where a dispute is unresolved, you may seek independent legal advice from a specialist building solicitor, or take your case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The Building Commission of Victoria encourages you that if you have concerns about your building project, it is a good idea to contact BACV earlier rather later as issues are simpler to resolve before they are compounded by further work. To make a complaint, you will be required to complete a complaint form supplied by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

    - In Western Australia
    the 'Building Disputes Tribunal' has legal authority to resolve most building disputes and workmanship complaints where contracts are between $7,500 and $500,000. Prior to lodging a complaint with the Building Disputes Tribunal you are required to supply your builder or contractor with a prescribed form detailing your complaint. The 'Building Disputes Tribunal' issues information packs including the correct form to be used to notify the builder of the complaint.
    Building and workmanship disputes with a contractual value of less than $7,500 may be referred to the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection. Homeowners are required to notify the builder or contractor prior to contacting The Department of Consumer and Employment Protection. The Department will require a copy of the letter you supplied to the builder or contractor.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    It is important to have a thorough and independent building inspection carried out, at least six (6) months prior to the expiry of the Home Warranty provisions in your state, associated when building work is carried out by licensed builders.
    Only use properly and appropriately licensed builders for this protection and peace of mind.
    A pre-exit Home Warranty Inspection, which we can organise, will thoroughly carry out a visual inspection of the works that were carried out by your licensed builder, based on the drawings and specifications which ideally you should have available at the time of inspection.
    Armed with this report, should there be defective work or problems that have emerged, you are then in a position to quickly take these matters up with the builder and have them properly rectified. If the builder refuses, procrastinates or has disappeared, you then have independent and properly documented information to take up with the appropriate builders licensing authority in your state.
    A summary of the warranty period around Australia is below:
    ACT: 6 years. Administered by ACT Planning and Land Authority. TEL: (02) 6207 1923
    NSW: 6 years. Administered by Office of Fair Trading. TEL: 13 32 20
    NT: 10 years. Administered by Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development. TEL: 1800 193 111
    QLD: 6.5 years. Administered by Building Services Authority. TEL: 1300 272 272
    SA: 5 years. Administered by Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. TEL: 08 8204 9777
    TAS: 10 years. Administered by Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading. TEL: 1300 654 499
    VIC: 6 years. Administered by Building Commission of Victoria. TEL: 1300 360 320
    WA: 6 years. Administered by Builders Registration Board. TEL: (08) 94706 1200

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    New Home in Progress Inspection, checking the quality of workmanship
    While the lending authorities and Council Inspectors look at the building for their requirements, no one is looking at it just to make sure that everything is being built in a tradesman-like manner. In other words looking after your interests.

    Many people arrange to have building inspections prior to progress payments to ensure that what is being asked to be paid for has in fact been completed satisfactorily. Inspections at each of the stages below will help ensure you get the quality home you are after.
    If your builder knows that you will be arranging ongoing Progress Inspections by The Building Centre, in psychological and practical ways, he will be more inclined to build your home with more care.
    Recommended stages for New Home in Progress Inspections
    There are 8 different stages of Inspections that are available to you when building your new home.
    Home In Progress Inspections are designed to make sure that you are fully informed about the different stages of your building work, and help ensure that your building project is done right first time every time.
    The available Inspections stages are as follows:
    1. Contract review - Review of your contract prior to building commencement.
    2. Base Inspection - Inspection of footings and slab.
    3. Frame Inspection - Inspection of frame and brickwork along with roofing structure (if in place).
    4. Lock up stage Inspection doors, windows, external and roof tiling.
    5. Pre Lining Inspection - Inspection of insulation, plumbing, electricals, and other pre lining checks practically before gyproc goes into wall, or if it’s a brick house, it will be checking as far as possible.
    6. Pre Paint/ Finishes Inspection.
    7. Pre Hand over Inspection.
    8. Maintenance Inspection (Prior to end of warranty period check).
    Whether you chose one, or all eight of these available inspections services, you can rest assured that each inspection is tailor made to assist you with the building stages which most concern you.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Never ignore building problems, get them inspected. Problem Solving Inspection is designed to help you resolve the problems you come up against as a home owner or Owners Corporation.
    The types of problems where this service can help you are - Damp, musty smells, blistered plaster, Peeling paint, mildew, Cracks in walls, internal and external, Poor drainage, Leaking roof, Structural and Concrete problems. One of our independent building inspectors will visit your home or unit to investigate the problem and its cause(s), as well as providing recommendations for remedial repairs if required. This is documented in a typed report, which details the problem and advises the options which are to overcome it. Where possible, the Inspector will provide the names of relevant companies or tradespeople you can approach for quotes. This is particularly important if you have a problem that requires a specialist, for instance rising or lateral damp and roof membrane problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    It is prudent to have your project inspected prior to the release of any progress payments to ensure that you are not paying for more work than has actually been completed. The object of the Building Progress Payment report is to ensure that the amount quoted by the builder at each crucial stage of construction and or at the time of a progress payment claim or for 'extras', represents the true value of the workmanship and the construction materials used. Receiving such independent advice may circumvent contractual disputes and other unwanted hassles.
    The Building Centre Network recommends that a progress inspection take place at any time a progress payment claim is received from the builder, but in the least at the completion of the following three critical stages:
    - Framing and Foundation : The installation of wall and roof frames is perhaps the most fundamental and critical stage of the building process. The progress inspection will check the method of installation for the wall and roof frames and ensure that it is compliant with Australian standards.

    - Brickwork and Roof tiling : This inspection assesses the quality of the brickwork and roof tiling to confirm that the wall cavities and the weep holes are left clean as required by Australian Standards. In addition, the placement of flashings and the tying of the brickwork to the house frame will be assessed.

    - Practical Completion : Once the project is ostensibly completed, an inspector needs to scrutinise the finishes, fittings and accessories in making an overall assessment of the project.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Problems with your builder? Call a reputable, independent building expert.
    This inspection is designed to help you determine if the building work that has been done is to an acceptable standard. Alternatively problems have arisen after building work has been completed and you need advice. Read more.
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    An on-site meeting and inspection, to discuss the requirements of colour coordination, fabric or finishes for your home. Following this meeting, the ideas and recommendations are compiled, and a follow-up meeting organised to present the recommendations. Any further assistance is available by subsequent consultation. Often these consultants can assist with the licence tradesmen if required to carry out the work correctly. They are also available to be engaged to supervise the work.
    Some Applications: To help work out the internal and external colours and finishes of a new or existing home.
    The Benefits: To draw on the professional help and experience of an expert in this field, who can also assist to discuss your ideas and tastes, thus helping you to bring your needs together which will more likely result in an exceptional outcome. Apart from colour choices and coordination, you will also receive the benefits of practical experience and the specification of appropriate materials.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Meeting with you on site, together with any communication received from authorities including Development Applications (DA) from neighbouring properties, to discuss with you your concerns, and to subsequently receive written advice on the best way to respond to any communication from authorities to best protect your interest or represent your needs.
    Some Applications:Development Applications (DA), Land acquisition, Roadworks, Land Tax
    The Benefits: At the end of the day you wish to protect your privity and sunlight. Additionally you wish to protect the value of your home. When such things are threatened by correspondence received from Authorities, by engaging the services of experienced professionals, you are significantly increasing the chances of having your rights or lifestyle or value of property maintained.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Get professional advice on repairing damaged concrete. Concrete deteriorates due to either corrosion of the reinforcement, carbonation or excessive chloride levels.Concrete Cancer, often identified by flaking concrete (concrete spalling) or rust stains which originate deep within the concrete is a serious problem. Often people mistake the signs for weathering caused by the elements, but whilst this may have a part in exacerbating the problem, the real problem lies within the concrete itself. Concrete cancer is caused by rusted reinforcing from within the steel. As steel rusts it can expand up to 7 times its original size causing the surrounding concrete to be is placed. As the steel pushes the concrete away, more water gets to the steel expediting the process.Protective coating applications can be used to slow down the deterioration processes. Our specialists will assess the likely cause and decide on how to rectify the problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An on-site inspection of concrete slabs or paving where problems have arisen. A report independently outlining and confirming the problems, together with an explanation of the likely causes and what is required to rectify the problem. For an existing property, a similar report is carried out by an expert, particularly outlining ways to resolve the problems which have developed.
    Some Applications: Problems with concrete slabs, driveways or paving.
    The Benefits: You will receive professional help and experience from an independent expert clearly outlining the problem, causes and remedy, that will assist you in taking up any matters with a builder for new or recent construction under the protection you should have when using the licence tradesmen of Home Warranty within the specified period, or when needing to resolve problems which have emerged in existing structure be it a home, strata block, investment or commercial property.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    We receive many enquiries from home builders and renovators seeking an independent expert opinion of their builder's work, particularly when its time to make a progress payment.The Construction Advice service is a series of inspections undertaken by a registered architect or building inspector to ensure that home builders are getting what they are paying for.CA assesses whether workmanship is of an acceptable industry standard according to the Building Code of Australia. CA inspections are designed to make sure that you are fully informed about the different stages of your building work and help ensure that your building project is done right the first time.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    FIXED PRICE VERSES COST PLUS AND CONTRACT VARIATIONS
    Did you know, there are many different types of building contracts! Most people who sign a building contract often don't realise this, and have little or no understanding of what the building contract means and what documentation should be included in the contract.
    Before signing a building contract, make sure you understand:
    • What documentation the written contract legally must contain.
    • How much the building work will cost?
    • Are you entitled to make any changes to the design of the home?
    • After the work is completed, what protection do you have that the work is completed correctly?
    • Are you aware, a home building contract is one of the most complex legal documents you may ever sign?
    How can I protect myself if something goes wrong?
    The answer is simple! Seek specialist legal advice from the Building Centre Network's home building Solicitor.
    It is far better to know the actual cost of the building work whenever possible. A 'Fixed Price' building contract is much safer for home owners as you will know the cost of the work before signing the contract. The building costs are fixed, however usually include 'Provisional Sums' and 'Prime Cost Items'. It is quite common for a provision sum, or allowance, to be made for site excavations as a builder will not know whether he will encounter difficult site. conditions. Again, an allowance may be made as a prime cost item, for example, $500.00 allowance for the purchase of a bathtub. Again, this is quite common practice, however you should be very careful to discuss with your builder exactly what provisional sums and prime cost items will be included in the 'Fixed Price' contract so you can budget your finances. On the other hand 'Cost Plus' building contracts rarely provide you with an accurate final cost for home building work.
    You may wish to enter into a 'Contract Variation' with the builder. Contract variations are very common and most home building contracts should include a clause that states that any agreement to vary the contract or any plans and specifications must be in writing and signed by you and your contractor.
    Always remember, if you enter into a 'Fixed Price' contract, there may be some costs that can be increased and you may wish to vary the contract after it has been signed. Nearly all building contracts will allow you to enter into a 'Contract Variation' and will usually specify the variation or change to be set out in writing and signed by both parties.
    The Building Centre Network's home building solicitor recommends that you carefully read the building contract and learn the concept of provisional allowances and prime cost items before signing the building contract.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A visit by a solicitor to your site, to see and receive a copy of the plans, specifications, engineers drawing and proposed contract. The solicitor will then on returning to his office review all the documentation and recommend changes that will make the contract fair to both parties. You will also receive information clearly outlining your responsibilities, which are important to know so that you do not inadvertently breach your Contract.
    Some Applications: Receiving a contract from a licensed builder for a new construction, extension or renovation, including a contract from a Project Builder.
    The Benefits: It is best to obtain a contract before selecting a build all project builder and having it checked. If the builder or project builder is not prepared to make the changes recommended, you are best not to use that builder as it can be a sign of problems down the track. This is particularly important when considering a Project Home, as the copyright to the design of the home is owned by the project builder, and if they submitted to Council on your behalf, all the time and money is locked into that design and you cannot use the design if the builder turns out not to be fair and reasonable in ensuring that the contract is fair to both parties.
    Be aware that the Contracts often used are those produced by builder industry associations, and they favour the builder. Larger builders or project builders use their own contracts prepared by their solicitors, which have been honed over the years to protect and favour them.
    Is important to have the Contracts issued amended in many areas to protect or assist you, for example the right to request access to the site for independent building inspections during the building process prior to handover and completion, the right with their permission to organise tradesmen to carry out work that you require such as air conditioning installation.
    The main benefit is that the signed Contract clearly stipulates who is in the right and who is in the wrong. Any court or arbitrator will refer to the signed Contract when making their decision. Our vast experience reveals that homeowners usually sign heavily one-sided Contracts, thinking that by saving money and having them checked will be the case, but in reality the cost of problems far exceeds these protection costs. Bear in mind that the drawings and specifications form part of a Contract.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    Cracking Internally
    Cracking and movement in homes and buildings is a common problem in Australia often due its harsh environment and reactive clay soils. Subsoils of a significant level of clay will swell during very wet periods and shrink as they dry out during dry weather.
    Other factors that can impact the subsoil are leaking plumbing, poor drainage and also vegetation such as trees and gardens planted close to the home. The roots of trees draw moisture away from the subsoil which in turn causes the shrinking of the clay soils and subsidence of the footings resulting in cracking.
    External Cracking
    Cracking externally is often the result of foundation movement caused by the settlement of the building. Generally the settlement occurs evenly, but occasionally, it can be uneven resulting in cracking. 'Subsidence' and 'Heave' are terms often used when describing the reaction of the soil either under or around a building for various reasons where cracking is evident.
    Please note that should the cracking and movement be severe, it is highly recommended that a Structural Engineer be consulted to identify the cause of the problem and report on the structural integrity of the home or building.
    A licensed Structural Engineer from our network of Consultants can be engaged to visit your home or unit to investigate cracking / movement problems and its cause(s), as well as providing recommendations for remedial repairs if required. This is documented in a typed report, which details and identifies the cause of the problem. The report will also document options available to rectify the problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Dampness in homes and apartments is not only unsightly detracting from the beauty of the home, but it also presents an unhealthy environment in which to live. Stains on the interior walls, mouldy and smelly rooms, lifting wallpaper and damaged timbers are usually the tell tale sign of a damp problem.
    For the homeowner, often the cause of the problem is hard to detect. The Building Centre Network's Inspectors/Consultants can be engaged to visit the site, inspect the areas of damp, detect the cause and provide a written report on how best to rectify the problem.
    Some of the causes of dampness are:
    - Condensation within the home
    - Plumbing – leaking pipes buried in the wall, overflowing guttering, blocked gutters
    - Leaking Bathrooms and Shower Recesses
    - Rising Damp which occurs in the base of brick or stone walls
    - Poor sub-floor ventilation
    - The breakdown of the waterproofing membrane on flat roofs and balconies
    Advice concerning any Dampness issues can be obtained through our network of Building Inspectors.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection and testing of the immediate area where dampness has presented itself. Dampness can be caused by a number of reasons and only an expert with the appropriate knowledge and equipment can assist in determining the nature of the dampness, the likely cause and the best remedial approach. A report confirms the findings.
    Some Applications: Dampness usually appears towards the bottom of a wall, however dampness can appear higher up and on the ceilings. Whilst there are some coating products on the market, generally much like applying make up, they merely cover the surface and usually do not address the actual cause. The dampness will return usually sooner than later.
    The Benefits: Dampness is unsightly, can cause odours, mould and can damage materials or furniture. By having the cause of the problem are properly identified as well as available options to have it correctly remedied, you will be in the best position to rid yourself of this unsightly, unpleasant and potentially damaging problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A Defect is an irregularity or weakness in a material that lowers its usefulness or structural suitability due to a variety of causes. A structural defect means any load bearing component that is essential to the stability of a dwelling that is attributable to defective design or materials or faulty workmanship.
    A Defect is essentially any breach of a statutory warranty that is implied in every contract to do residential building work as set out in relevant State Home Building Legislation. The NSW Home Building Act 2007 Ss 18 defines contractor's warranties in relation to the construction of a dwelling, making alterations or additions to a dwelling or the repairing, renovation, decoration or protective treatment of a dwelling in the following terms:
    - A warranty that the work will be performed in a proper and workmanlike manner and in accordance with the plans and specifications set out in the contract.
    - That the materials used will be suitable for the specified purpose.
    - The work will be done in accordance with relevant legislation, BCA, Australian Standards and accepted tolerances.
    - The work will be carried out by a contractor licensed to do such type of work.
    A building defects report is required to obtain home warranty insurance if, as a home owner you intend to sell within 6 years of undertaking owner-builder work. Only a qualified building consultant can prepare an acceptable Defects Report for insurance purposes.
    This type of report identifies building defects that constitute breaches of warranties as defined under State Legislation (see Home Building Act of NSW.) Some of the areas referred to include:
    - Incomplete work
    - Use of second–hand materials and fixtures
    - Obvious breaches of the building code or standards
    - Brickwork and mortar composition– are they properly constructed and straight?
    - Concrete slabs– comment on cracks, expansion joints
    - Water proofing membranes
    - Roof space, structure, flashings, and drainage
    - Windows and doors properly fitted
    - Floor and wall tiling
    - Evidence of damp
    Reporting on a defect involves a five step process. An inspection will: identify the defect; explain the likely cause; give reason why it is a defect such as the work does not comply with the BCA; recommend how to rectify the problem and estimate the cost involved.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Both residential and commercial investment property owners should consider engaging one of our advisors to determine a Depreciation schedule to maximise your annual tax claim over the depreciable effective life of the property. These reports should be prepared by a Quantity Surveyor, Accountant or Solicitor. A depreciation schedule is dependant on the construction date and may become financially attractive if an investment property has undergone significant renovation, additions or alterations. The owner of an income producing investment property may be able to claim depreciation from the date of acquisition.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection and report that identifies and calculates the values that will form part of a depreciation schedule or special building write-offs that will be acceptable by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
    Some Applications: For developers and property investors who are wishing to include depreciation or special building write-offs of their recently built property, in their annual Tax Return.
    The Benefits: A professional and complying report of the values which may be claimed for tax purposes for this specific need.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    An independent report and inspection, which will be acceptable by the NSW Office of Fair Trading for any building or tenancy issues or problems.
    Some Applications:
    •Bond Money: To assist in having returned the fair and correct amount of your tenancy Bond Money, by having an independent and well-documented inspection prior to signing the lease or taking occupancy, will enable you to clearly establish problems that existed prior to your occupancy. If there are arguments as to damage that appears at the time if your leaving, you have the benefit of this independent report to clearly establish the damage was there before you took occupancy. If a follow-up inspection at the time of your leaving is required, it may be possible to engage the same Inspector, who becomes your independent witness to the damage that was present at the time of your taking up residency or office space or factory space.
    •Building Disputes: If you are having a dispute with your builder or a tradesman, an independent building inspection and report can assist you in taking the matter up with the builder or tradesman, and if that fails, you then have the independent report to use as a CTTT tribunal hearing, with the option of engaging the consultant as an expert witness at the tribunal.
    The Benefits: Professional and accepted independent reports to best present your case or needs to solve the problem in the shortest possible time, and ideally avoiding tribunal hearings or litigation.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A visit to site by an architect, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess your existing home, the site, its orientation, neighbouring properties, environmental factors and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report including concept drawings (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned is sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When seeking ideas and solutions for either a small renovation (internal alterations only), large renovation (ground floor extension or first-floor extension) or dual occupancy desires.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving outside professional and competent design solutions for your proposed renovation and your needs. Some clients organised two or three such reports, which gives them the benefit of two or three different ideas from which to choose or combine. Given the cost and permanency of building an extension or renovation this is a clever, prudent and straightforward way to receive creative and practical solutions from which to choose. The design of the Sydney Opera House arose from a competition conducted by the NSW Government. Similarly you can obtain one, two or three design concepts to your l renovation or extension ideals based on your needs, and then decide knowing you have explored a number of options.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A visit to site by an architect, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess the site, its orientation, neighbouring properties, environmental factors and the requirements of local Council. The architect will then prepare a Design Report including concept drawings (please note these are not planned suitable for submission to a council nor are they planned and sufficiently detailed to be given to a builder), rather they are concept drawings to present to you ideas and possibilities. The report also includes an opinion on the probable cost of the project. It will also include comments on any local planning issues and any issues relating to neighbours or trees once the report is completed, the architect will organise a second consultation to present the report and to discuss the proposed design concept. The design concept you receive will become your property solely for the site that you engaged him to assess.
    Some Applications: When considering to buy land or an existing home that you plan to knock down. When considering to rebuild a home on the land the land that you already own.
    The Benefits: A cost-effective way of receiving outside professional and competent design solutions for your proposed land and your needs. Some clients organised two or three such reports, which gives them the benefit of two or three different ideas from which to choose or combine. Given the cost and permanency of building a new home this is a clever, prudent and straightforward way to receive creative and practical solutions from which to choose. The design of the Sydney Opera House arose from a competition conducted by the NSW Government. Similarly you can obtain one, two or three design concepts to your land and your needs, and then decide knowing you have explored a number of options.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The DA response service offers advice on how to interpret a neighbour's development application and its possible impact on your dwelling. To assist you to understand the potential issues surrounding a neighbouring development, our qualified and experienced Building Consultant will assess the DA application and provide you with advice and suggestions on the issues you may have concerns about.
    The advantage of receiving such advice is its comprehensive and professional nature. Not only will our service assist you to understand the full range of potential issues associated with the proposed development, but it will also assist you to voice your concerns in a professional and considered manner to your Local Council, the determining authority for the development.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A Dilapidation Report works like an independent 'before' and 'after' snapshot, providing the best documentary evidence of the current physical condition of a building including the surrounds such as footpaths and curbing that may be on council property in front of your home. This inspection is done prior to works commencing on an adjoining property.
    The major focus of these reports is to record any existing cracks or structural defects. This report can then be used at a later date if a dispute develops about the detrimental effects caused to your home, unit or office by work on a nearby property or site. Proposed adjoining property construction works can include demolition, excavation, underground tunnelling or road works.
    The qualified and experienced Building Consultant or Structural Engineer we recommend to you will conduct an initial inspection prior to works commencing so that any existing defects are documented by means of photographs and a written report. We recommend that they also be engaged once works are completed to carry out a 'post construction' inspection.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    (Selected States)}When building disputes occur, they can be very stressful, time consuming and very expensive to resolve within the Court. Most disputes arise because people do not understand the responsibilities a building contract places on the part of the home owner and on the part of the builder. Often misunderstandings involving; building costs, quality of work, variations or changes to the work, time periods to completion, and the work that will actually be performed, are all common disputes. Read more.
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    An inspection and testing of the immediate area where dampness has presented itself. The appearance of dampness or mould on the wall in a room are usually the first indicators that the vital damp proof course is failing to work. Dampness can be caused by a number of reasons, one of which is problems with the damp proof course. In the first instance it is important to have established whether the dampness is rising or lateral dampness, before narrowing down the cause as being DPC failure. Only an expert with the appropriate knowledge and equipment can assist in determining the nature of the dampness, the likely cause and the best remedial approach. A report confirms the findings.
    Some Applications: Dampness usually appears towards the bottom of a wall, however dampness can appear higher up and on the ceilings. Whilst there are some coating products on the market, generally much like applying make up, they merely cover the surface and usually do not address the actual cause. The dampness will return usually sooner than later.
    The Benefits: Dampness is unsightly, mould, can cause odours and can damage materials or furniture. By having the cause of the problem are properly identified as well as available options to have it correctly remedied, you will be in the best position to rid yourself of this unsightly and unpleasant problem. Additionally there are a few conflicting remedies offered, but as the saying goes 'there are horses for courses' and this is also true for rectifying Damp Course problems, that only an experienced independent specialist Consultant can clarify or advise you based on his findings.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An investigative inspection, using appropriate equipment, of the drainage systems or known problems. Flooding inside the home or building occurs when the main sewerage drainage, or internal drainage, becomes blocked. Flooding also occurs outside the home or building, which can even lead to water entering the home or building from the outside. Water can also entering the building during heavy downpours. A report, visual images when taken and recommended solutions are provided.
    Some Applications:
    Drainage issues or problems can be caused by
    •Poorly designed and undersized drainage systems •Poor workmanship or materials filling the drainage systems during construction •Insufficient gradient of drainage, gutters or pipe work •Blockages to the drainage systems caused by lack of regular preventive maintenance •Blockage to the drainage systems caused by roots penetrating the sewer lines •Blockage of the drainage pipes caused by the wrong products being put down toilets or wastes including sanitary napkins and tampons •Blockages caused by 'half flush' toilets, which with less water flow means that waste can build up and end up blocking waste pipes leading to the sewer •Movement of the building and ground which can cause the drainage pipes to crack will be broken., including excavation work be carried on in neighbouring properties As most of these problems are hidden from visual inspection or assessment, so only specialists with diagnostic equipment and cameras can determine the likely causes of the blockages, and then recommend the best way to fix the problem.
    The Benefits: Water entering the building can cause extensive damage to one's goods including carpets, furniture, timber flooring and furniture made of MDF or particle board, so it is important to avoid such extensive damage and dislocation. When water entry problems arise, they do not go away but rather wait for another occasion to present themselves and do damage.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A thorough inspection of the fuse box, accessible wiring and testing of power points and other aspects of the present wiring. Such inspections assist in protecting you and your family to minimise the chance of electrocution as well as minimising the potential of a fire caused by failure in electrical wiring. The inspections will check all power and electrical wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, amperage load tests, circuit and load distribution. These days Earth leakage systems should be installed to minimise the chances of electrocution. The home or building is thoroughly examined and tested by such a licensed expert. Some Applications:
    •When buying a new home or property •When you are concerned about your safety especially a potential electrical fire •Compliance with the Building Code of Australia especially or strata buildings, to satisfy the requirements of local council and insurance policies •To ensure that your insurance policy does not become invalid due to poor preventive maintenance which is your responsibility. This applies in both homes and strata blocks •In older homes the wiring does deteriorate and has the potential to become dangerous •The Australian Standards Wiring Rules have changed to ensure a high level of safety •To ensure that illegal work has not been carried out •To ensure that all power points are properly earthed, to minimise the risks of electrocution
    The Benefits: Quite simply is a matter of prevention being better than cure. If you have not been involved in the building and maintaining of your home or property, it is important to have the electrical wiring checked by a licensed electrician.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The inspection of buildings by a structural engineer , is your insurance to ensure that the structural integrity and strength of the structure of of a home, building or retaining walls are in order. This work can only be can only be properly assessed by a qualified and properly insured structural engineer, which does not include an inspection by an architect or builder. Some Applications:
    •When buying a new home or property •When cracks, bulging or the signs of movement appear •The potentially damaging effects of large trees near homes or garages •The ageing of building where the brick ties maybe rusting out in the structural integrity of the building is diminishing, which could lead to the collapsing of walls •Preventive maintenance. To check on brick movement, the rusting of structural supports, the damage effect of nearby large trees. To check on sufficient and effective drainage, as well as a condition of retaining walls and fences •Compliance with the Building Code of Australia especially or strata buildings, to satisfy the requirements of local council and insurance policies •When the absence of, insufficient, incorrect expansion joints or other causes of problems •When poor foundations or difficult soil types can cause structural problems •When assessing whether the existing structure can carry and other level •When designing a new home, property, extension or renovation
    The Benefits: Your safety and that of your family. By nipping any problems in the bud, by quickly acting on a problem that presents itself and having assessed then rectified, can minimise the damage and the costs of rectification. Insurance cover becomes null and void if proper preventative maintenance has not been carried out. Insurance claims for structural damage are widely known to be rejected when the property has not been properly maintained. By having regular inspections by an engineer, is your proof that you have had proper preventive maintenance assessment carried out.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An on site investigation, including surrounding properties or areas as well is drawing on available information to provide a report outlining the likely detrimental impact, or satisfactory impact, of intended building works.
    Some Applications:
    •When proposing a development plan of your own •When responding to a development application of a neighbour, or nearby property •When fighting an appeal for a Development Application rejected or severely modified by local council
    The Benefits: The best possible creditable and professional documented report, to support your Application or fight and undesirable Application in the right channels, organisations or in court.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Following an on-site inspection and report, the provider of this independent and credible opinion, helps represent the case in a court or tribunal or mediation. Having prepared the opinion via the report, the professional author may be called upon and cross examined when the matter is being heard. Both the quality of the report and experience in a contentious environment such as a tribunal or court is paramount. Your best chances of succeeding, be it defending or challenging, can very much be determined by the expertise, experience and representation of your expert witness.
    Some Applications: Building disputes usually associated with poor workmanship, poor practice, poor detail, , incorrect installation procedures, absence of vital building needs (e.g. flashing, expansion joints, weep holes, fixing techniques, preparation, waterproofing etc) inferior or inappropriate or incorrect materials or specs used and/or lack of compliance with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia, which individually or combined have resulted in the failure or poor end result of the construction process.
    The Benefits: The best possible representation in every possible respect, will significantly increase your chances of success.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    You may find yourself in a situation where you require an independent expert witness to offer an opinion on a building matter. When building disputes proceed to litigation it is essential that all available evidence be examined and documented by a specialist Building Consultant who will provide a report to a standard required by a Court and appear as an expert witness. Our expert witness service covers a wide range of building disputes and problems such as: sub-standard work; building defects; dampness; termite damage; excessive deflections and cracking.
    We can introduce you to specialists in the following areas:
    •Home building - compliance with Australian Standards & Building Code of Australia •Structural engineering •Mechanical engineering •Hydraulic engineering •Forensic accountants •Forensic architects •Quantity surveyors •Fire safety consultants •Tiling expertise (floors and walls) •Timber expertise (structural and flooring)

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Water entry through the facade of a building requires the on-site investigation of an experienced expert due to the difficult nature of determining the entry point of the water and the cause, as is carried out in this specialised inspection.
    Some Applications: Homes, high-rise buildings, factories and commercial properties.
    The Benefits: An understanding of the cause of the dampness or water entry problem and to receive a report outlining how it is to be effectively addressed and remedied.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An inspection of physically and visually accessible building works, to assess the causes of poor workmanship, practices, compliance, adherence to the Building Code of Australia or Australia Standards, materials or fixing materials, to clearly and independently define faulty workmanship, the reasons and the rectification required to either knocked down and do again or make good. All this information is confirmed in a report.
    Some Appications:
    •You have noticed that some of the building works does not look right, and you are seeking an independent opinion to check your concerns, and if you are correct to have them detailed and documented, as well as the rectification required. •By having regular independent checks of the building works, such an expert will pick up faulty or problematic workmanship that you will have not noticed and draw it to your attention, for rectification. The Benefits By having a professional and independent report carried out, you are in a better position to: •Presenting it to the builder either directly or through your solicitor, and ideally have the builder respond to your concerns. Such a report also indicates to the builder that you are serious with your concerns, and that you have backed them up with an independent appraisal or professional advice. •If the builder does not agree to rectify the work, armed with this report and proof that you approached the builder previously, there are procedures in each state to have the matter taken up in a tribunal or by mediation. The author of the report may need to appear as an Expert Witness to help represent you.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A trained and experienced Feng Shui consultant will visit your home or property, listen to your ideas, look at the existing structure, and make recommendations based on Feng Shui (Chinese design and living ) principles, involving good health, good luck, balance, good fortune and prosperity.
    Some Appications: Redecorating, renovating or extending your home, office or commercial property.
    The Benefits: These amazing ancient Chinese practices can make a significant difference to the enjoyment of the environment in which you live or work, and as a result increases in peace, harmony and success at all levels.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A thorough inspection of a prospective property purchase through the eyes and mind of an expert in Feng Shui.
    Some Appications: There are many aspects of Feng Shui (Chinese design and living ) principles that can reliably guide you as to the appropriateness of your intended purchase. If you believe in Feng Shui, or highly value and appreciate this perspective, it is very wise to have a property you are considering purchase assessed from a Feng Shui point of view to decide whether it is appropriate to purchase, and/or whether there is the potential to make physical changes to address any negative Feng Shui aspects.
    The Benefits: The benefits and peace of mind of knowing that you have independently had this prospective property assessed based on the long-standing and highly recognised principles of Feng Shui.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The assistance of a Feng Shui (Chinese design and living principles) consultant to look at your ideas or those of your designer ( an architect, interior architect, landscape architect , building or interior designer) who will provide Feng Shui input to design from the outset.
    Some Appications:
    •A new home or building •A new commercial building •A planned extension or renovation •Re-organisation of the use of your space or re-decoration •Placement of furniture, art or sculptures, as well as choice of colours and materials or finishes The Benefits: Obtaining Feng Shui input at the crucial design stage, thus avoiding the need to make changes during construction or on completion. To have the benefits of Feng Shui considerations incorporated in the design.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A thorough top to bottom inspection , assessment and report on potential fire hazards, complying egress circumstances, fire detection, fire alarm, fire fighting equipment, compliance with the current Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards requirements.
    Some Appications: Primarily strata, commercial or industrial buildings, necessary to comply with local council ordinances and often to maintain compliance to ensure that your insurance policy will not be void due to non-compliance. In strata buildings, For a peace of mind of the owner occupiers, a fire and safety check is well worthwhile in homes and residences as well.
    The Benefits:
    •The safety and well-being of your staff or tenants •Compliance with your local council's requirements •Compliance with the requirements of your insurance policy protection •As a result of obtaining details of noncomplying aspect of your building, you can plan and budget for the necessary changes and upgrades.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A thorough investigation and report of the causes of a destructive incident.
    Some Applications: Fire or collapse or failure of the building's structure. Storm damage.
    The Benefits: to present to the appropriate body, and independent and credible report on the causes of a failure or incident, and to quickly receive insurance payment if appropriate, to enable the speedy rectification and reconstruction is necessary of the property, to enable it to be reoccupied or used, as soon as is practically possible.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

  • Get a home Maintenance Report done at least every two years. This service is designed to help you identify what repairs and/or maintenance work are needed, and in what order. Your home usually is your most valuable asset. Look after it and it will look after you. Our climate is harsh, so your house is deteriorating all the time. It is usually less expensive to maintain then to replace. Read more.
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    These inspections and reports are to assist owners of homes, home units or townhouses with any need or problems.
    Some Appications:
    •Maintenance the issue or needs •Issues or problems with neighbours •Addressing any needs of local council or insurance companies •Improvements to the buildings or property The Benefits: independent and professional advice to help solve or resolve any problems.
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    An inspection and report, based on the needs of advice or problem-solving, or design advice pertaining to the hydraulics aspects of the building which include all running water requirements including drainage.
    Some Appications:
    •Design requirements of the hydraulics aspects of a building •Problem-solving advice in relation to the hydraulics aspects of a building The Benefits: Professional and specialised hydraulics advice. 
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    These inspections provide the experience and expertise on-site, in terms of land surveying needs.
    Some Applications:
    •Plans to accompany Development Applications •Survey Reports for Building Applications •Survey Plans •Marking Boundaries for fencing and construction •Setting out of new buildings •Final surveys of buildings for Council requirements •Surveys reports for buying and selling properties •Solving boundary disputes
    The Benefits: Reliable and complying information, being a sure foundation when the needs or determinations of boundaries or set outs are required. Again by engaging the correct expertise, will save you time and money in the future with regard to your need or problem.
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    An on-site visit, measurement, examination and assessment of how a current home or building has been built, and what would be required in terms of compliance and costs, to rebuild it in a worst-case scenario of complete destruction by fire or natural disaster. Following the on-site visit, calculations are carried out and a report prepared or the replacement costs including new architects and engineers fees, removal of debris, clearing of site and rebuilding to the current standards required in the Building Code of Australia and Australia Standards. Part of the service includes receiving written advice on the replacement costs for the next two years, based on increases in building materials and labour.
    Some Applications: To ensure that your home, investment property, commercial property or factory is correctly insured. It is risky to be underinsured or overinsured. In the recent bushfires in Victoria, more than 85% of the properties were underinsured, and therefore payments were significantly less than the replacement costs.
    The Benefits: Firstly, the peace of mind in knowing that in a worst-case scenario your property has been insured at the correct replacement value. Secondly, by obtaining this independent and professional valuation, the insurance companies are more likely to quickly accept and pay out the replacement value, that you can commence rebuilding. Thirdly, you will receive for the next two years updated replacement values based on historic increases in building materials and labour, to in turn advise your insurance company of the values to be insured for the each of the next two years.
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    A site visit and a thorough examination of the location where dampness or damage presents itself to determine the causes of the leaking shower and to recommend how it is best fixed.
    Some Applications: Often leaking showers occur in new construction or newly renovated bathrooms. In such cases it is important to get an independent report to then be in a strong position to take the problem up with the builder or tradesmen. These problems are often caused by poor workmanship, poor choice of waterproofing products or membranes or lack of care from one trade to the next, namely when the tiler takes over after waterproofing. Problems with leaking showers can also be caused by insufficient for in the floor and tiling, and lack of compliance for the Australian Standard and recommendation. It is also common for an existing shower to develop leaks.
    The Benefits: By obtaining a professional and independent report, you are in a strong position to take up the problem with the building company or tradesmen in the case of a new or renovated bathroom. It is important to have any problems addressed as soon as possible to not only avoid damage but to also ensure that this work is carried out within the Home Warranty period. For an existing bathroom when the shower shows evidence of leaking, with the report and advice as to how to rectify the problem is extremely helpful because it is important to receive advice as to the cause and also how to best fix the problem.
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    A preoccupation inspection of the property to be leased, be it a home, home unit or commercial premises, recording the condition of the premises such as the condition of the floors and lighting , existing damage or unsecured fixtures, including photographic records. An inspection on leaving the property records similar aspects of the leased premises.
    Some Applications: Before taking occupancy, it is ideal to have an inspection carried out clearly noting and documenting the condition of the premises, particularly as you will no doubt be asked to pay Bond Money, which will only be returned when the premises have been inspected by the landlord or the managing agent, and the cost of rectifying any damage, with the exception of reasonable to wear and tear, can be asked if they paid for by the tenant who is leaving or can be deducted from the Bond Money.
    The Benefits: You can be unfairly out-of-pocket if you have no proof of the condition of the property prior to occupancy. It is your word against their word. This inspection provides independent and thorough proof.
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    A meeting with legal representation to go through the action taken against you, to advise you of your position and to assist in responding or defending such action.
    Some Applications: Breach of a Building Contract. Payment issues. Leasing issues. Property acquisition issues. Sale of property issues. Building contract issues. Land and Environment Court matters. Mortgage matters.
    The Benefits: By engaging legal representation specialising in building and associated matters, you will be securing the support and legal representation from experienced experts in this aspect of commerce and law.
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    A meeting with legal representation to pursue matters where the performance of the other party or parties in the Contract, including lack of standard of workmanship, has not able to be properly rectified and the assistance of legal representation is now required. Such a meeting and ongoing service will advise you of your position and to assist in preparing official correspondence or initiating legal action through the appropriate tribunal is all courts.
    Some Applications: Breach of a Building Contract. Payment issues. Leasing issues. Property acquisition issues. Sale of property issues. Building contract issues. Land and Environment Court matters.
    The Benefits: By engaging legal representation specialising in building and associated matters, you will be securing the support and legal representation from experienced experts in this aspect of commerce and law.
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  • Protection through your Building Contract is vital. If your interests are not protected, they can be very expensive and problematic to enforce. If you are seriously considering selecting the design of a Project Builder, obtain a copy of their Building Contract and have it checked by an expert in law and building
     
    Protection through your Building Contract is vital. If your interests are not protected, they can be very expensive and problematic to enforce. If you are seriously considering selecting the design of a Project Builder, obtain a copy of their Building Contract and have it checked by an expert in law and building. Read more. 
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    The benefits of obtaining a Maintenance Inspection and Report lie in its ability to identify areas of the home that need attention by way of repairs, painting or upgrading. All areas of the home can be inspected including the roof, exterior walls, foundations and internal rooms.
    Have the inspection and report 'tailor made' to suit your needs. You may just need a solution to a maintenance problem or, you may require a full maintenance plan in order to keep that valuable asset in good repair. This service is of particular value to the busy career person on the run, or maybe the elderly or disabled who just need that extra support to maintain the home.
    After visually inspecting and carefully assessing the condition of your home, our qualified Building Consultant will provide a written report detailing the condition of your property, appropriate repairs and then prioritise the order in which the repairs should be undertaken. An estimate of costs for suggested repairs can also be provided as an optional extra.
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    Maintenance Inspections for a Strata Building could be to identify the cause of a maintenance issue or to establish the required 10 year Sinking Fund Plan.
    Generally, maintenance issues on a Strata Building are usually attended to once problems become evident. Examples being, leaking pipes, broken glass or other services issues. These ongoing issues are generally reported to the Managing Agent and attended to immediately. However, other issues such as areas of damp, leaking roof membranes, ingress of water, cracking or movement issues need to be investigated and resolved.
    The Building Centre Network can refer you to the appropriate Qualified Building Consultant/Inspector who will investigate and provide solutions. If necessary, a licensed Structural Engineer from our network of Consultants can also be engaged to investigate cracking/movement problems and its cause(s). All inspection results are documented in a typed report, which details the problem and identifies the cause of the problem. The report will also document remedial repairs if required.
    Maintenance Plans for the 10 year Sinking Fund
    From July 2009, all strata schemes are required by law to have a 10-year sinking fund plan in place. (Section 75A of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996). Owners Corporations can put the plan together themselves or engage outside experts to do this for them.
    Depending on the size and nature of the Strata Building or Complex, most times specialist expertise is required to identify and list all the common property and estimate when the various listed items will require replacing, repairing or painting plus the estimated cost. The estimated cost for the 10-year Maintenance Plan will be divided by the total number of unit entitlements. Each member of the Owner's Corporation or Strata Scheme will be advised as to the amount levied and how often payment is required. These levied funds are held in the sinking fund.
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    A process where an independent expert mutually agreed by the two parties, will listen to the two sides or cases of a dispute or stand-off, and attempt to resolve the problem to avoid stressful, lengthy and costly process is of pursuing the matter in a court or tribunal. Sometimes the parties agree that they will accept the decision of the Mediator. On other occasions the agreement is that the Mediator will do their best to find a resolution to the impasse or problem.
    Some Applications: Poor workmanship or standards of construction. Overruns in time and costs of building projects. Delays in payments. Additional costs being claimed. Damage to goods or property.
    The Benefits: By involving a mediator, you are exploring the possibilities to resolve the problem and all disputes thus avoiding the time, stress and costs of pursuing the matter through full legal action and representation in the Tribunal Court, the latter avenues of which do not guarantee an outcome despite how strongly you feel you are right or your case might be.
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    An on-site inspection using moisture detection meters and if necessary other technologies to probe the areas of moisture. On identifying the causes they are presented in a report together with recommended rectification sieges.
    Some Applications: Dampness appearing in walls, ceilings and floors.
    The Benefits: Where moisture presents itself is easy to establish, the difficulty is the source and cause, as well is how to remedy and rectify the problem. Such inspections will assist you in eliminating the moisture problem.
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    Mould is a living organism, a type of fungus that grows from minute spores that become airborne infiltrating your home. Mould smells, discolours paintwork, blackens tiling grout, ruins clothing, shoes and bags and is generally a nuisance. Some are useful to us but others are potentially toxic and harmful to our health. If toxic moulds develop indoors, not only will they damage the home but persons living in that environment could experience serious health problems.
    This can damage walls, ceilings and woodwork to the extent that require replacing. Causes of the mould infestation could be due to leaking roofs, showers or water pipes. The Building Centre Network through our network of Consultants and Building Inspectors would be pleased to organise an inspector to visit your home to assist in identifying the cause of the infestation of mould and provide rectification options.
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    A thorough independent inspection by an experienced consultant of a newly constructed home, all major renovation, looking for building defects or problems, noting them and preparing a report. The report will also recommend the correct way to fix such defects.
    Some Applications: New homes, including project homes, at least six months prior to the expiry of the Home Warranty period. Major extension or renovation works carried out under contract with a licensed builder. The construction of swimming pools.
    The Benefits: Defects or defective workmanship will be picked up and recorded in the report, thus significantly enhancing your chances of having the builder rectify these problems prior to the expiry of the Home Warranty period. If the builder refuses to carry out this work, or to give you a written undertaking as to when and how it will be carried out, this report can be used in the appropriate tribunal system in the State in which you live. Such inspections usually pick up more defects than those perhaps noted by the homeowner.
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    On-site advice in consultation with any plans or specifications, to then receive a written report with recommendations and specification of how to properly size and construct stormwater containment and water transportation systems.
    Some Applications: New homes or buildings. Existing homes where problems have developed. Compliance with local council or water authority requirements, or are contained within the building code of Australia or Australian Standards.
    The Benefits: Professional and reliable advice and assistance, in what are usually difficult underground potential problem areas. By having stormwater management properly addressed, you minimise the risk of damage caused by flooding.
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    A mandatory thorough inspection and report of the owner builder works carried out by an approved Inspector acceptable to insurance companies, when owner builders are selling their property in NSW, VIC or WA, within a stipulated period after the date of the issuing of the Occupancy or completion Certificate by the local Council under whose jurisdiction the owner building works were carried out.
    Some Applications: When an owner builder in NSW, VIC or WA decides to sell their home within the defined specified period of each state.
    The Benefits: By obtaining this Owner Builder Home Warranty Defects Report, you will be able to secure the mandatory Owner Builder Home Warranty Insurance that is required before you sell. Fines apply if the insurance is not in possession when selling. The insurance needs to form part of your selling Contract. The Report will note any defects, however you are in a position to have these defects remedied, and a follow-up inspection carried out to present your property defects free. This insurance does not free you of the responsibility for any subsequent defects which may arise during the remainder of the defects period.  
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    This service is aimed to examine the quality and standard of your owner built project at the final completion stage ONLY. This is sometimes required by a local Council before a Practical Completion or Occupancy Certificate will be issued. Check with your local Council. It may also be desirous to have this inspection for peace of mind and to correct any obvious problems or mistakes, bearing in mind the inspection is limited to where physical and visual access is possible.
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    This service is primarily geared towards helping owner builders who are experiencing difficulty with their project and require professional and prompt assistance. Our experienced building inspectors will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the problem and report on the best way to help you with your project. Advice on any quality of workmanship issues or disputes with a builder or tradesmen will be provided in an effort to resolve any issues. Guidelines with regard to any required costings or necessary trades will be provided on request.
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    This service is designed to provide Owner Builders with professional guidance. It's aim is to help owner builders maintain their project in running smoothly and that workmanship is in accordance with the Building Code of Australia regulations. Our experienced inspectors will monitor the progress of the project via regular site visits to assess the quality of building work at each critical stage of your project. We offer these inspections individually or with special package of three inspections where possible by the same inspector to maintain knowledge and continuity, to assist you when you feel you will need it most. Choose from the following stages:

    Stage 1: Pre Foundation Stage - Checking the preparation of the foundations just prior to the pouring of concrete footings or concrete slab, or where footings have been built.

    Stage 2: Base - This inspection is after the concrete slab has been poured, external walls constructed and when the marking up of internal walls has been completed, or for non-concrete step structures when the ground floor structure has been built or external walls have been constructed.

    Stage 3: Frames - Checking the installation of the wall and roof frames, to ensure that good materials have been used, and they are straight, that good workmanship has taken place and they are compliant with the appropriate Australian Standard.

    Stage 4: Pre Lock up Stage - This inspection will assess the quality of brickwork, cavity, flashing and provision of weep holes in any brick walls, and the roof tiling or sheeting. In the case of double brick walls, they will check and confirm that the wall cavities clean and that the weep holes correctly positioned and left clean as required by the Standard. They will also inspect the placement of flashing's and tying of brickwork to the frame.

    Stage 5: Lock up Stage - This inspection checks the completion of all external walls and external features, as well as the installation of doors and windows.

    Stage 6: Services, pre internal linings - This vital inspection must take place when visible access is still available to check the plumbing and electrical work is a complete and any wall thermal or acoustic installation is in place.

    Stage 7: Fixing, fit out and pre-painting - This inspection will check all interior work on completion but prior to painting. It will include the installation of fixtures and fittings.

    Stage 8: Final Completion - This inspection will scrutinise the finishes, fittings and accessories. In addition, they will confirm the completion, or otherwise, of the overall project.
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    An inspection by a licensed plumber or hydraulics expert, to assess the problem, and to report on how it can be effectively remedied.
    Some Applications: Water leaks, water hammer, stormwater or drainage issues.
    The Benefits: Reliable and timely advice to understand the cause of the problem and effective ways of solving it.
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    An on-site inspection to study the problem or need that has initiated the need to seek advice, an assessment of the extenuating circumstances and a recommendation of how to remedy or create a solution.
    Some Applications:
    Aspects of your home or property that do not work:
    •Breakdowns •Replacement of worn out equipment or parts of your building •Repairs and maintenance •Noise problems •Access problems •Building problems
    The Benefits: The assessment by an experienced Consultant to provide practical solutions to problems or design needs.
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    An on-site visit by an experienced consultant to carry out a thorough visual inspection of the property to note any defects or problems. Sometimes these inspections are referred to as Dilapidation Reports. Where specialised advice on air conditioning, drainage and electrical wiring are concerned, specialists in these fields will need to be engaged. A range of rectification costs may be included. Non-compliance with current Building Code or Australian Standards will also be pointed out.
    Some Applications: When purchasing commercial or investment properties.
    The Benefits: Knowledge based on the experience of an expert in finding problems or potential issues in properties you are considering to acquire. Armed with this information you may be in a better position to negotiate the purchasing price, or to factor in the costs required to to address any problems of concerned or of a significant nature.
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  • By investing in a Pre-Purchase Inspection, you are having a house or unit thoroughly checked for defects, existing problems and potential problems, before you sign to buy. A home is usually the biggest financial investment one can make and the associated costs of potentially Stamp Duty, conveyancing and removal fees adds substantially to your costs. Read more.
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    An inspection by a licensed electrician or electrical engineer, to ascertain the condition of the electrical wiring, circuits, circuit breakers, fuse box, distribution boxes, earthing and compliance with the current electrical wiring standards. The findings are confirmed in a report. An estimate of rectification costs is also usually included.
    Some Applications: When buying a home, unit, townhouse, investment or commercial property.
    The Benefits: Knowing of any problems with the electrical wiring will assist in your calculations on the purchase price, or at least give you advance knowledge of safety or upgrade needs that will be required. Complying and safe electrical wiring is your responsibility within the terms and conditions of insurance policies. There is also the aspect of personal safety to minimise the chances of fire caused by electrical faults. These days to earth leakage safety circuits are compulsory in some classes of building, and certainly should be considered for the safety of yourself, your family, friends and visitors.
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    A thorough inspection of a prospective property purchase through the eyes and mind of an expert in Feng Shui.
    Some Applications: There are many aspects of Feng Shui (Chinese design and living ) principles that can reliably guide you as to the appropriateness of your intended purchase. If you believe in Feng Shui, or highly value and appreciate this perspective, it is very wise to have a property you are considering to purchase assessed from a Feng Shui point of view to decide whether it is appropriate to purchase, and/or whether there is the potential to make physical changes to address any negative Feng Shui aspects.
    The Benefits: The benefits and peace of mind of knowing that you have independently had this prospective property assessed based on the long-standing and highly recognised principles of Feng Shui.
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    It is strongly advisable to have a Pest and Termite Inspection carried out at the same time as a pre purchase inspection. It has been found that more than 35% of Australian homes offered for sale have a termite, borer, rot or other destructive timber pest problem. We can organise these in the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria.
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    A visual inspection of the installation and condition of plumbing and drainage systems of the property. If potential problems are found, permission will be sought to use testing or investigatory equipment to see or find such hidden problems. Such inspections will also report on non-complying plumbing and drainage work .The findings will be provided in a report together with the work required an estimate of rectification costs.
    Some Applications: This service is used by prospective purchasers of homes, home units, townhouses, investment and commercial properties, who are seeking peace of mind or advice on non-problems when considering such purchases.
    The Benefits: Finding out about plumbing or drainage problems before deciding to buy. On learning of any such problems and their approximate cost of rectification, you can decide whether or not to purchase, or whether to negotiate the sale price based on the work required.
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    The 'Site Potential' inspection is ideal if you are looking to buy an existing home with the view to renovate it or a block of land with the view to build a home new on it. The 'Site Potential' inspection provides guidance as to the potential of the site, its orientation in relation to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the prevailing Local Council regulations all in relation to your needs and ideas. This type of inspection is the most expedient and professional way to reveal the possibilities and potential of the site and can help you decide whether to buy the home or site.
    If you request a Site Potential inspection The Building Centre Network will put you in contact with an architect in our network who is familiar with your local planning authority and has the design style you are looking for. The architect will provide you with a full on-site consultation followed by a written report assessing all your options. This report will contain the concept design sketches, an opinion of the probable cost of the project and comments regarding relevant local planning regulations plus technical fact sheets.
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    This is an inspection carried out by a structural engineer to assess the structural integrity of the property you are considering buying, and to identify any structural weaknesses or problems. Technically it is not a 'pre-purchase inspection' but is rather a 'structural inspection' on a property albeit perhaps owned by a different person. Areas included in the inspection include such matters as the building itself, retaining walls, masonry fences, the possible effects of garden areas and large trees near any structures. The findings are confirmed in a detailed report.
    Some Applications: As most inspections by Building Consultants and Architects exclude or exempt 'the structural condition or integrity', if there is a concern about the structural integrity when considering buying a home, home unit, townhouse, an investment or commercial properties, this type of inspection can assist you. When buying a home or property and planning to extend or renovate, this inspection will advise you on the ability of the existing structure to 'carry' the load of the proposed alterations. Older buildings can often have structural problems such as rusting brick ties, rusting lintels and concrete cancer which slowly erode the structural integrity of the building. Damage or failure caused by such problems are not covered by insurance, as it is the responsibility of the owner to properly maintain their property. This is especially true for strata bodies which have a legally enforcement responsibility to properly maintain the property.
    The Benefits: A normal building inspection comments on the condition of the property but not its structural integrity. If there are any signs such as cracking or bulging, peace of mind can only be obtained through structural inspection. Rectification of structural problems is very expensive, so proper identification, diagnosis and repair can save you significant financial costs.
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    The benefits of obtaining a 'Pre-Sale Home Building Report' lie in its ability to gauge the current value of your property and suggest possible ways you can increase or maximise its value by attending to maintenance issues that would either detract from the appearance of your property or be highlighted in the purchaser's Pre-Purchase Inspection.
    After visually inspecting and carefully assessing the condition of your home, our qualified Building Consultants, will provide you with a report detailing the condition of your property, suggesting appropriate repairs, associated costs and outlining the impact such repairs will have on the value of your property.
    The Pre-Sale Property Inspection cannot be used as a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report by potential purchasers at the time of selling the property. It can be used for your benefit only with the sole purpose to get your home ready for sale and be listed as property "well worth inspecting".
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    This service is designed to help you identify what repairs and maintenance work is needed for your house or unit and in what order. The main aim of this service is to help you maintain your home and safeguard its value. It is important to regularly (at least once every two years) have your home thoroughly inspected and reported on.
    Our qualified and experienced building inspectors will undertake a thorough check of your property identifying potential/most commonly occurring problems such as cracking, dampness and subsidence just to name a few, and suggesting cost effective remedies and maintenance tasks.
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    A problem solving report is designed to identify and remedy specific problems in your existing home, home unit, strata block, investment property, commercial or industrial building. An experienced building consultant will undertake a thorough inspection and provide advice on what remedial work is required as well as an opinion on the estimated repair costs.
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    This inspection is designed for people who are already in the process of building or renovating and who are seeking independent advice as to problems relating to the quality of workmanship or as to the progress of the building works. A comprehensive examination and report of your building project by one of our qualified and experienced building inspectors will itemise all substandard or flawed practices, identify their causes and suggest remedies and techniques to rectify them.
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    This renovation potential or new home service is a visit to site by an architect usually familiar with the requirements of your local council, to discuss with you your own needs and ideas, to assess the home you are considering purchasing or your existing home or site, its orientation and the requirements of local Council. The architect will discuss with you on site, some renovation or new home options, outlining their advantages and disadvantages. He or she may produce a few quick sketches to convey their ideas. No concept drawings are provided in this preliminary service. The service is meeting on site, assessing the existing structure and receiving on the spot verbal advice or ideas on possibilities and of equal importance what may not be possible.
    Some Applications: This service is keenly sought by people wishing to learn of untapped renovation potential and possibilities, including a ground floor or first-floor extension. When seeking ideas and solutions for renovation possibilities for their existing home. The service can be used when considering buying an existing home, but wanting to learn off renovation or new home possibilities rather than being content with the existing home, thus helping to decide whether to purchase the property or not.. This service is also used by current homeowners looking to renovate their present home who of us seeking ideas.
    The Benefits: A low cost way of receiving immediate outside professional assessment of renovation or new home possibilities associated with an existing property.
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    This is a concept design service for people wishing to renovate an existing dwelling. It is important to choose an architect with fresh ideas, who is experienced in design and sustainability with the skills to look after your interests.
    Some of the things that a design report consist of are:
    •An existing condition plan & establish design brief •An architects design concept including plans and elevation or perspectives •Recommendations on materials and finishes •Itemised opinion of cost estimate •Recommendations on how to get it built •Technical information
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    The Renovation Potential Service is for those who are looking to buy an existing property but before doing so would like to consult an architect to ascertain its renovation potential. The difference between this type of inspection and a Pre-Purchase Inspection is that the Renovation Potential Service provides an assessment of the Council regulations that will impact upon a development proposal.
    Our Renovation Potential Service matches the Client with an architect based in the locality of the property and who is best suited to the style and design needs of the client. To provide the best service, the architect will meet with the client on site and discuss the client's ideas in relation to the potential of the property. After this consultation a written record of the discussion is provided along with the architect's advice. The service is thus designed to best inform your decision making in the purchase of a property with the view to renovate it.
    Please note that this is not a full renovation design report and does not include any drawings or costings.
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    An inspection and testing of the immediate area where dampness has presented itself. The appearance of dampness or mould on the wall in a room are usually the first indicators that the vital damp proof course is failing to work. Dampness can be caused by a number of reasons, one of which is problems with the damp proof course. In the first instance it is important to have established whether the dampness is rising or lateral dampness, before narrowing down the cause as being DPC failure. Only an expert with the appropriate knowledge and equipment can assist in determining the nature of the dampness, the likely cause and the best remedial approach. A report confirms the findings.
    Some Applications: Dampness usually appears towards the bottom of a wall, however dampness can appear higher up and on the ceilings. Whilst there are some coating products on the market, generally much like applying make up, they merely cover the surface and usually do not address the actual cause. The dampness will return usually sooner than later.
    The Benefits: Dampness is unsightly mould, and can cause odours and damage materials or furniture. By having the cause of the problem are properly identified as well as available options to have it correctly remedied, you will be in the best position to rid yourself of this unsightly and unpleasant problem. Additionally there are a few conflicting remedies offered, but as the saying goes "there are horses for courses" and this is also true for rectifying Damp Course problems, that only an experienced independent specialist Consultant can clarify or advise you based on his findings.
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    An on-site inspection, assessment and report, on the current condition of a roof membrane, and if replacement is required, what are the options, pros and cons and cost estimates.
    Some Applications: Water leakage or water entry from an existing flat concrete roof
    The Benefits: The advice of an independent expert of the problem, and the most effective way to solve water entry from concrete roof decks, or the failure with time of initial membrane or waterproofing solutions.
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    It is important to take precautions and make sure your roof is safe and in a sound structural condition. Consider whether it is strong enough to cope with any severe climatic event that we are increasingly witnessing as a result of climate change.
    Aspects to consider include:
    - Is your roof cover, frame, tie-downs, ridge capping and flashing in sound condition?
    - Is there any structural or termite damage, corrosion or broken tiles?- Are there any leaks around skylights, chimneys are other objects penetrating the roof space?
    - Do your gutters and down pipes cope with heavy rain?
    There are several types of roofing material:
    - Tiles can be terracotta, concrete or slate
    - Terracotta tiles come in a variety of finishes and are frost/fire-resistant
    - Concrete tiles are extremely durable and should last for at least 50 years
    - Metal roofs include treated zinc-aluminium, such as Colorbond, and untreated zinc-aluminium
    - Steel roofs are very adaptable and suitable for harsher weather conditions
    If you are considering re-roofing make sure your proposed structure complies with building standards, local government and other safety regulations. Have your roof inspected by one of our qualified, professional consultants to make sure it is safe.
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    An inspection of areas where the effects of salinity have presented themselves, such as brickwork, concrete and balcony paving. An analysis of the problems, an explanation of the course, recommendations on how to rectify the problem and estimated costings of the required rectification work.
    Some Applications: the appearance of salts and their consequential damage in brickwork, concrete and tile paving on balconies.
    The Benefits: As the presence of salt emerging from brickwork, concrete that hold balconies the host material, it can lead to cracking and fretting, it is therefore important to have a problem remedied. If this problem has arisen following the work of a builder or contract, you will need this independent report to take the matter up formerly with them is that the problem can be remedied under your Warranty.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    The benefits of obtaining a 'Pre-Selling Home Report' lie in its ability to gauge the current value of your property and suggest possible ways you can increase or maximise its value. After visually inspecting and carefully assessing the condition of your home, our qualified building inspectors, will provide you with a report detailing the condition of your property and suggesting appropriate repairs and associated costs, outlining the impact such repairs will have on the value of your property.
    Armed with such an objective and informed assessment of the value of your property you will be better equipped to negotiate the best selling price and to assess whether any offers you receive are really a true reflection of the current property value.
    It will also allow prospective buyers to know the condition of the house, creating transparency openness in selling negotiations. In essence, it can become your ultimate 'selling tool'.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    This service is designed to help you market your Owner-built home with an exclusive guarantee of quality. Under state government legislation, Owner-builders wishing to sell their homes within 6 years after completion are required to provide a guarantee similar to that provided by registered builders. The only qualification is that your house must be free of any serious defects.Our qualified and experienced building inspectors will assess the quality of your home.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    TAn examination of the documentation of building works, costing them, and calculating tax deductible write-off amounts, all provided in a report.
    Some Applications: Property investors and property owners are seeking to legitimately claim tax deductions for building works to have carried out, or legitimate opportunities with property acquisitions.
    The Benefits: Credible and reliable calculations to achieve submitting tax-deductible claims are supportive information.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    There are new regulations governing the management of strata title to ensure that building maintenance and repairs are dealt with in a prescribed manner by the Owners Corporation.
    Some requirements of these new regulations are that a 10 year maintenance report must be prepared, residents must regularly contribute money to a sinking fund, and repair works specified in maintenance reports must be carried out in order to avoid the massive costs involved if they are not complied with.
    Strata owners are required to organise independent maintenance reports to ascertain the potential areas for repair. It is important that such reports are independent to satisfy the interests of all residents and to ensure that the nominated rectification works are objectively assessed.
    For example, investigations will identify any structural defects including cracking, concrete cancer, roof problems or retaining walls. Report on any hydraulic and civil defects including drainage, water supply and sewerage problems, and pavements and parking areas. Once identified our building inspectors can prepare designs and costings for remedial works, and certify completed works.
    The Building Centre Network's Panel of Consultants can assist Owners Corporations to obtain such independent advice through our network of experienced building consultants.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    It is very important when buying a unit, townhouse or villa to have a professional investigation carried out of the strata records for the entire complex. A strata matters report can minimise any uncertainty about the unit block by providing you with a history of the building and management, all recent repairs undertaken, any disputes or areas under investigation, major expenditures or unexpected levies that will need paying, insurance, by-laws, harmony and the financial state of the Body Corporate and any other unseen problems. Company title units can also be checked.
    A Strata matters report will give you peace of mind. A report will highlight items of concern, which may impact on your purchasing decision. Also it can allow you to negotiate the sale price down to reflect the items of concern.
    Our qualified and experienced building inspectors will provide you with a well researched report on all key items relating to: building defects, maintenance expenditure and works undertaken, documentation retention, levies, managing agent's contract details, insurance and general information about strata plan details, unit entitlement, number of unit tenanted etc.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    An on-site building or services inspection specifically relating to the need or needs of the Strata Body. Their advice and recommendations are confirmed in a report together with an estimate of costings.
    Some Applications:
    Problems being experienced in property owned by the Strata groups which require an independent and professional assessment: •The replacement of any services or parts of the building •A Preventative Maintenance Report •A building replacement costing report for insurance purposes •Refurbishment of common areas •Replacement of common areas- e.g Doors •Replacement of Strata windows
    The Benefits: The ability to obtain the assistance of credible and professional specialist consultants according to the ongoing needs of the Strata Body or Strata Managers.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A search and summary of the Strata Body's administration records, including recorded recent or regular problems with the common areas of the building, available accounts and sinking fund information.
    Some Applications: When contemplating buying a property such as a home unit or apartment, that is managed by a Strata Body, to learn the behind-the-scenes recent history of any problems with that building and the group, as well as an insight into the financial status of the Strata Body.
    The Benefits: It is best to know what you are buying into, both in terms of any inherent building problems or any future problems that need to be addressed, with which I usually associated special levies or increases in quarter contributions. An awareness how well, or otherwise, the Strata Body is run, managed and its financial status. An awareness of any need to upgrade the building to comply with local council and Building Code of Australia compliances. An awareness of a program of preventive maintenance and upgrading, with which are associated the raising of a special levy or increases in general levy cost.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Engage our civil and structural engineer consultant with over thirty years experience in the building industry. Typical clients are State Government Departments, Local Government Authorities, Strata Managers, private sector Developers, Solicitors, Builders and individual home owners. The ranges of services include:
    Structural Engineering
    Commercial, industrial, institutional, and domestic building structures, structural damage assessment, remedial works design.
    Hydraulic and Civil Engineering
    On site detention systems, urban drainage systems, flood studies, roads, driveways and pavements, flood damage, sewer and water systems.
    Building Inspections and Reports
    Structural assessments, third party report assessment, specification and inspection of remedial works.
    Environmental Engineering
    Assessment of environmental impact of proposed developments and existing facilities, design of environmental protection measures.
    Engineering Services to Strata Managers
    Investigation of structural defects including cracking, concrete cancer, roof problems, retaining walls. Investigation of hydraulic and civil defects including drainage, water supply and sewerage problems, pavements and parking areas. Preparation of designs for remedial works, inspections and certification of works.
    Court Representation
    Expert representation in both civil/hydraulic and structural engineering matters, in land and environment court and other jurisdictions. Engineering investigation and evaluation, coordination of testing and surveys; preparation of evidence, provision of expert witness.
    Subdivision of Land
    Co-ordination and preparation of subdivision layouts and design services.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    An inspection by a structural engineer of a property to determine whether there are any structural defects. Their findings are contained in a report.
    Some Applications: Existing home owners, property investors and commercial businesses, who are concerned about cracks, movement, bulging or other changes in the structure of the building. Prospective purchasers of buildings, who wished to ensure that structurally what they are buying is in good order, including retaining walls and fences.
    The Benefits: Knowing the status of the structural integrity of the building, retaining walls and fences, as well as the potential damage caused by any neighbouring large trees.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    Are you thinking about what type of tiles to use in your new kitchen or bathroom or patio? Choosing the right tile for a particular situation can be a daunting task as the product range is huge. Tiled spaces within households are becoming increasingly popular and there are so many things to consider in choosing your tile such as:
    •For what application - indoor or outdoor, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, walkway, driveway, courtyard or patio? •What material - Ceramic, Sandstone, Vitrified, Glazed, Porcelain, Marble or Concrete? •What size, style, layout and colour are desired? •What surface finish will look best – polished, glazed or natural?
    Remembering that many workplace accidents occur as a result of slippery floor surfaces, it is important to consider the characteristics of the tile such as its strength, durability, degree of imperviousness, slip resistance and clean-ability. Hygiene, health and safety are arguably the most important factors to consider when creating a sanitary environment. Customers are also seeking tile products that have green credentials.
    You may want to refresh your bathroom by having your tiles and bath resurfaced or the leaking shower recess repaired. Get the right advice on waterproofing, tile regouting, cleaning and sealing, recolouring and stain-guarding.
    Contact the Building Centre Network and engage one of our specialist design consultants who can assist you make the right decisions and prepare the correct specifications to achieve a quality end result.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    A thorough visual inspection of physically accessible areas to determine whether termites or other damaging pests are present in a building and are attacking the timber. Also included in the inspection the condition of trees, timber fences and any timber which might presently be termite infested, or have the peg potential to be. The findings are confirmed in a report, together with any recommendations and cost estimates.
    Some Applications: Regular examination by the specialist inspectors of your home or investment properties to catch in time any attack by the silent creatures. A wise check before purchasing a home or investment property.
    The Benefits: Damage to structural timber by termites and other pests is not claimable under insurance cover, as the owner is responsible for the proper maintenance of their property. This inspection provides both peace of mind and minimises the chances of expensive cost to replace structural timbers which have been attacked and weakened by termites or other pests. When considering purchasing a property , it is highly recommended to the such inspection is carried out to know what you are buying into and whether the costs of rectifying existing damage or potential damage will arise.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    On-site specialist timber assessment and advice, with the recommendations confirmed in a report.
    Some Applications:
    •Independent professional advice on the correct way to lay or fix timber products •Independent professional confirmation on the poor or incorrect laying or fixing of timber products and recommended rectification procedures •Independent and professional advice on the correct species of Timber to be used for the intended use, traffic and considering the indoor or outdoor applications and environments •Independent professional advice of the correct species of timber which should have been used for the intended use, traffic and considering the indoor or outdoor applications and environments •Identifying the species of timber used •Advising on the best stains or treatments to use
    The Benefits: Receiving reliable and professional advice to address whatever intended timber usages you have in mind, and getting the right advice before commencing to minimise any problems. Reliable and professional independent advice to address or deal with any timber problems or species, condition of the timber supplied or the way it has been installed or fixed.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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  • The specialist Timber Consultant whom we recommend is available to carry out residential and commercial inspections, either at the time of specification, pre-installation, or after installation has taken place to address problems that might have risen.
    The independent Timber Consultant will visit your home or unit to investigate the problem and its cause(s), as well as providing recommendations for remedial repairs if required. This is documented in a typed report, which details the problem and advises the options which are to overcome it.
    Where possible, the Inspector will provide the names of relevant companies or tradesmen you can approach for quotes. This is particularly important if you have a problem that requires a specialist, for instance rising or lateral damp and roof membrane problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.


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    An on-site inspection to design an appropriate ventilation system, including air-conditioning, to satisfy your needs and expectations. An on-site inspection of any existing ventilation systems, including air-conditioning, where there may be problems or where an upgrade is required.
    Some Applications:
    •The design and specification of ventilation systems for new buildings, existing buildings, extensions or renovations •Design and specification of replacement ventilation systems, including air-conditioning •Advice on poorly functioning ventilation systems, including air-conditioning The Benefits: Access to reliable expertise to help address or solve your needle problem.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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    This inspection targets potential and actual problems relating to water entry, dampness or waterproofing. If your house or building shows signs of mildew growth, flaking paintwork, black spots on walls and ceilings, rotting carpet and or a leaking shower these are all likely signifiers of a problem with your water proofing and/or water entry system.
    Our experienced building and waterproofing inspector will explore the reasons for internal attacks of mildew and look for evidence of rising damp to the external and sub floor brickwork areas. To assist you our inspector will suggest a remedial action as well as highlight lateral damp problems and any basement water entry problems.
    In addition, given that prevention is better and ultimately less costly than a cure, we encourage you to obtain an up front assessment of both the waterproofing specification and the product you intend to use prior to completing any waterproofing works. A simple precautionary measure such as this can potentially save you greater costs and hassles in the long term.

    To get an obligation free quote on Advice and Inspections, call us on 1300 884 876 or complete the Inspection Quote Request online.

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