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Building Condition Reports: Carry Out Your Due Diligence

Building Condition Reports: Carry Out Your Due Diligence

Arranging a Building Condition Report for a commercial property is a wise and worthwhile investment. It’s imperative to know the overall condition of the building and whether it complies with building regulations. By having an independent review of the overall structure, you will be better informed about what you’re buying or leasing and it will give you peace of mind when making that transaction. You’ll also be well placed to negotiate the final price or terms. What Does A Building Condition Report Involve? A comprehensive...

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Slab Heave: should you be worried about it?

Slab Heave: should you be worried about it?

For those who are building a new home, slab heave is an issue about which you should be aware. While not common, slab heave is a serious problem. The cost of fixing it can be significant and in some cases, it may be necessary to seek legal advice for compensation. What is slab heave? Slab heave is a result of uneven movement of a house footing and slab. Uneven changes in ground moisture can also lead to slab heave, where clay soils swell (and expand) when they become wet, and shrink when they dry out. The level of damage to your home can...

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Dilapidation Reports/ Existing Conditions Inspections

Dilapidation Reports/ Existing Conditions Inspections

When you are carrying out construction or building work in close proximity to other properties, there is the chance that issues might arise, such as cracking, leaking or deterioration in the adjoining properties. This could be due to vibration from heavy equipment or excavation work for example. Even if the construction work is carefully managed, it has the potential to cause damage to nearby or adjacent buildings. To protect yourself against possible disputes or claims from your neighbours, you should consider a Dilapidation Report –...

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Beat the Damp by Improving Water Damage

Beat the Damp by Improving Water Damage

During the cooler months, keeping an eye on drainage under your home is vital. Often water drainage is overlooked until substantial heavy rain alerts you to a problem.  If you should discover this, immediate steps need to be taken.  Inadequate drainage that is not addressed may eventually lead to rising damp and rotting timber floors, and can also make conditions conducive to attracting termites. Why is drainage important? When it rains, some water will naturally seep into the ground.  The rest of the water will make its way through...

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How safe is your roof?

How safe is your roof?

Roof problems are not always obvious – let’s face it, you don’t often get up on your roof to check it, if at all. Besides, your roof may be hard to access, or you’re not even sure where to look. So you may not be aware that damage has occurred, or issues are building up. Problems, if not addressed early, can become expensive. Remember that a roof is at its best at the time of installation. From then on, it is subject to the physical elements and age. While a good roof is designed to withstand the forces of nature, and shaped to...

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What do all those Building Terms mean?

What do all those Building Terms mean?

As with any profession, there are a lot of terms and ‘jargon’ in the building trade. We thought it might be helpful to list some of the common ones, so you don’t have to feel out of your depth. Ant Capping Termite barrier (shield), usually of galvanised iron, placed over piers and dwarf walls to control the entry of termites. Arch A structure of wedged shaped blocks, or square blocks with wedge shaped joints, over an opening so disposed as to hold together when supported from the sides, and capable of carrying a load over the...

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Cracking: Is My House About To Fall Down?

Cracking: Is My House About To Fall Down?

You’re sure it wasn’t there when you looked yesterday! Something must have happened during the night and now a long, spidery vein is inching its way across the dining room wall. It seems to be spreading even as you stare at it! So what does it mean and how can it be fixed? Is the house about to fall down? First of all, don’t panic! A crack, while unsightly, does not generally indicate a major structural problem and in most cases, requires only cosmetic attention. And fortunately, there are a number of basic remedies you can adopt. To...

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Pre-Purchase House Inspections: ‘Are You Ready To Commit?’

Pre-Purchase House Inspections: ‘Are You Ready To Commit?’

Your offer has finally been accepted and the excitement is building – you can almost smell the packing tape! Just a few more hurdles and you can book that removal van. But having seen the property only two – three – maybe four times, it’s a little daunting. You’re about to make a decision that has serious consequences. Are you really ready to commit? Buying a house is a BIG step. It’s probably the largest financial investment you will make, so while it’s exciting, you want to be sure that the house measures up to careful...

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New Home Inspections: Put Yourself In The Frame

New Home Inspections: Put Yourself In The Frame

Building a new home is a big undertaking, and not for the faint-hearted! From the original concept through to final handover, there are a myriad steps and decisions to make. You’ll need to keep a close check on the construction work through every stage, to make sure it is being built to your specifications. Discrepancies can sometimes occur between the original design documentation and what you actually see being built. And it can be daunting having to deal with builders or developers who speak in jargon! Harnessing the experience of a...

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Owner Builders: Know the Ropes

Owner Builders: Know the Ropes

Tackling your own building work can be a satisfying experience – provided you survive the frustrations that go along with it! You just can’t buy that sense of pride and accomplishment when you can look at your shed or your house, knowing you created it. With the glow of achievement, however, come real obligations, particularly if you are selling your property. Section 137B of the Building Act 1973 lays down the rules for Owner-Builders, as a way of protecting purchasers from faults in workmanship and materials that may arise. It pays...

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