BUILD – Always Sign a Contract – Engage a Contract Builder

It happens more than you'd think...Believing that they can save some money on GST or home warranty insurance, people try to do business through the back door by not signing a contract (ie. engaging a contract builder) - we even get people asking us "how much for cash?" The reality can be pretty … [Read more...]

INSPECT – Case Study of a Building Inspection in Coolangatta

Just recently, we completed a building inspection in Coolangatta on a commercial property that was, in essence, 5 sheds within a concrete block building. Our client was overseas and basically requested we attend the inspection just to confirm that the property was standing and at that address.  He'd … [Read more...]

Pre-Auction Inspections – Marketing Tool or Waste of Time?

There's no doubt there's controversy surrounding the pre-auction inspection - you don't have to Google far to find healthy debate on the blogosphere about their overall merit. If the seller gets one done, there's a perceived potential for corruption between inspector and seller. And if it's … [Read more...]

INSPECT Use Your Building Inspector

This doesn't apply to all building inspectors, but we are special: We believe you get better value when you come along to your building inspection.  While you're there, ask us questions about your new property. Some people have big plans and know what they want immediately, but in case you're not … [Read more...]

BUILD Up Your Portfolio, Property Investor!!

If you're a property investor you have responsibilities! Some (would-be property investors) might say too many responsibilities, but lets face it, if you've got enough capital to own 2 homes, you should have enough cash flow to maintain 2 properties. All Property Managers would agree. It's … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE Building Inspectors Inside! Part 3

Once you've gone around outside of your property the natural thing to do is go on in. The main things we building inspectors look for inside the property are MOISTURE and MOVEMENT related. MOVEMENT: Movement is common to most buildings - you hear people call it "settling" and it happens over time … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE – Home Maintenance Made Easy!!

The next 3 posts are going to be about home maintenance. Because we're passionate about property we believe maintaining your asset is the name of the game!!  A lot of home owners out there don't really understand that it's easy to prevent your home from deteriorating slowly over time. It's not just … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE – The Importance of Wet Areas

Flexible Sealant + Wet Areas = Good Maintenance Because it's just rained, this week's maintenance blog is about the wet areas in your house, more specifically, the bathrooms.  The bathroom cops a beating day in and day out making them the #1 areas to "go" in a home.  They need to be maintained and … [Read more...]

BUILD – Cool Building Ideas

A Cool Building Idea makes the holiday Last weekend Dwell took a mini-break to North Stradbroke Island. Every time we go there, we enjoy all the beautiful things on offer, the beach, the scenery and the peacefulness. We also enjoy the architecture - you always see something new, or something old … [Read more...]

DESIGN Can Incorporate Custom Construction

I'm bringing this blog back from the past because it bears repeating: This past week [last year] we've attended two different pre-purchase building inspections that included "custom construction" inside the inspected properties. Customising your home for aesthetic or practical reasons can be … [Read more...]