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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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Vendor Reports: Selling? Give Yourself The Best Chance

Vendor Reports: Selling? Give Yourself The Best Chance

Selling your house can be an emotional experience. Those ‘four walls’ have housed a lot of memories and you have an investment in the property that goes well beyond monetary value. The process of selling is therefore a big exercise. Apart from the rather daunting number of decisions you now face – how much, who with, how to – you need to step back and look at your home objectively. It helps to remain detached throughout the selling process. Easier said than done! With your inner sanctum now open to public view, it can be confronting...

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Termites: The Guests you don’t want over for Dinner

Termites: The Guests you don’t want over for Dinner

You know the types. The guests who arrive unexpectedly and unannounced, and you don’t want them to stay. What’s more, they eat you out of house and home. Termites are those kinds of guests – but they literally eat your house and home. The voracious nature of their appetite, and the insidious way they sneak into a property marks them as Enemy No.1 for the Australian houseowner. By 2010 figures, about one in three homes in Australia have a termite or invasive pest problem. That’s a seriously large number! The problem has forced the...

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Asbestos: What’s All The Noise About Asbestos?

Asbestos: What’s All The Noise About Asbestos?

Asbestos is a word that can strike immediate fear. Its reputation is deservedly bad. However, treated with respect and understanding, asbestos doesn’t have to pose a serious problem to a houseowner or renovator. This article has been developed to provide you with the most recent information available so you will be better informed about the in’s and out’s of asbestos. You can then take the necessary precautions and minimise the risks to you and your family. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is the collective name for a group of fibrous...

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