Building, Renovating or Buying a newly built or renovated home in WA - Critical Insurance Information
If residential building work valued over $20,000 is to be undertaken (a WA Registered Builder is required) the Act requires that a builder take out home indemnity insurance in the name of the owner before accepting payment or commencing work.
The number of WA strata complexes being developed in the Perth metropolitan area has exploded over the last 10 years. Unlike building a standalone residential property there are some significant differences that need to be considered, especially in large
The WA Government has recently issued a number of warnings to both the industry and consumers in regard to the practices of some unsavoury WA Plumbers.
For many years now there has been a large number of consumer complaints about the white set render on masonry walls in WA homes including on occasion, the plaster being soft, crumbly or cracking easily.
Property renovations genenrally go one of two ways, really good or really bad. When they go bad ..... In WA there are some safety nets but property owners must help themselves prior to the project starting .
The WA Government's audit of new homes constructios in 2014/15 and again in 2016 found almost one in three houses where non compliant. Given there is no external reviews during a new home build your own independent inspection by Houspect can be extremely
If you are building a new home in WA another important construction inspection on the construction journey is the “Lock Up (and waterproofing)” inspection.
When it rains in WA the water hits the roof, runs off the roof into the gutters, down the downpipes and into soakwells or storage tanks. But what happens when the volume of storm water is simply too great for the gutters to handle?
Did you know that the transitional Smoke Alarm rules for post 1 May 2015 approved WA residential buildings end on 1 May 2017?
New Home - Staged Construction Inspections in WA – Roof Frames If you are building a new home in WA one of the most critical inspections along the construction journey is the roof frame inspection.
If you are construction a new home and there is the potential that your demolition and or construction works may damage your neighbours houses, a dilapidation inspection may be just the answer.
There are laws ion WA to protect Home Owners against unprofessional, illegal and unscrupulous trades people. Now your rights, use your protection and seek support form qualified Building Inspectors if your renovation does not proceed to expectation.
Air conditioners are being installed in many new homes. Home owners need to ensure that the air conditioning ducting has been installed to Australian Standards.
Weep Holes. A Critical Part of your home. Make sure they are installed so as to avoid future problems
Collar Ties making sure they are there is one thing. Making sure the timber and connects are correct is also important.
Collar Ties - A fashion statement or integral part of your roof frame?
Tie Down Rods are often specified in Engineers Drawings to ensure that metal roofs and their support structures are tied into your new home. But how do you know you need them and where they go? That is where your Houspect Building Inspector comes in.
It is important to check the roof in your new home construction. The challenge is do you know what to look for?
The Importance of having a Qualified Inspector Checking the Roof
It is important to inspect your home at every stage of the inspection Journey.
The Importance of Inspections throughout the Construction Process
New Legislation in regard to Bush Fire Control will impact most home owners in WA, .
Vendor Inspections, often referred to as Pre-Listing inspections, are becoming more popular because they eliminate many of the pitfalls and hassles associated doing an inspection when you have a buyer.
A report is a visual assessment by an inspector to identify any structural and/or significant defects of the major building components of a property that are visible at the time of the property inspection.
Most outdoor home areas are the centre of activity during Spring and Summer so its important that some simple easy checks are done to ensure trouble free enjoyment especially if the property is being prepared for sale
For many years it was a standard practice that pre purchase building inspections were conducted in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4349.1 This standard required people conducting building inspections to be either architects, engineers or regist
Construction Inspection & Report
Professional Construction, New Home & Renovation Inspectors – Why Inspect?
Building a new home or renovating an existing house is a complex process. Sometimes mistakes happen that you may not discover until it’s too late. Most builders are reputable but even the most reliable builder will make an error occasionally. A Houspect construction inspection lets you rest assured that your home is being built to the proper standards.
Stages of Construction Inspections
Houspect Building Inspections have a range of construction inspections to ensure that the method of construction and workmanship on your project are in accordance with Australian and Industry standards. Inspections are usually timed in accordance with the various stages, however we can be called upon at any time you need help.
What a construction inspection provides:
- We check that all the work completed is in accordance with the building plans.
- We check that all components of the building comply with current Australian Standards and Building Codes.
- We ensure that the workmanship is at an industry standard.
- We prepare a typed report listing all items to be rectified by the builder. This report is a legal document and can be used as evidence in court if necessary.
- For your peace of mind, our inspectors will ensure you are really getting what you have requested and paid for from the builder.
The following are some errors revealed by our building inspectors during construction:
- Floor not to specification
- Floor incorrect size
- Floor lower than datum point
- No allowance for plumbing pipes
- Wrong number of brick courses
- Brick laying sub-standard
- Roof frame held together with string (true story)
- Roof covering not installed to manufacturers specification
- Power points too close to wash basin
- Kitchen cupboards not installed to a good standard of workmanship
- These problems do not occur in all houses, we are in business to ensure it doesn’t happen in your home.