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...]

MAINTAIN – Inspection of Asbestos Roofs

The inspection and maintenance of roofs is important and spring is as good a time as any to clear your gutters and valleys of leaf debris.  In fact we believe your home maintenance schedule should run on a season to season reminder system.  The reason we're so fond of metal roof sheeting is because … [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 Building Inspection Specialists Checklist Pt 2

Onwards and upwards (or should we say outwards?) Now that you've had a look around your property and make sure there's nothing amiss with the site, move on to the house exterior. This bit is important, building inspection specialists would agree, because your homes' #1 enemy is the … [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...]

INSPECT Think You Have Termites? Time For A Pest Inspection?

With termites, as with dentistry, it's cheaper to get a check-up before you actually have a problem.   Termites are such an important aspect of home maintenance, especially in this part of the world.  South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales are all noted as "Areas Of Concern" for … [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...]

MAINTENANCE – The Right Time to Insulate!

Summer is coming back and it's going to be a hot hot hot one. This is the time to do everything you can to save money and keep yourself cool!! Maintaining your property can be a drag, but there is preventative maintenance then there is the type that saves you money and adds to your comfort … [Read more...]