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Interview with Sterling Fire (Part 2)

Interview with Sterling Fire (Part 2)

(Cont… Interview with  Simon Sharma & Michael Nieduziak from Sterling Fire)   We’ve noticed that some of your competition offers cheaper prices, why isn’t Sterling Fire not the cheapest offered service in the industry? Simon- Many contractors enter into contracts at reduced pricing to win the contracts but do not maintain the facilities adequately. In our experience...

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Interview with Sterling Fire (Part 1)

Interview with Sterling Fire (Part 1)

We had a chat with Simon Sharma & Michael Nieduziak from Sterling Fire to find out more about how the company works.     How long has this business been established for/what is the size of your team? Simon- Sterling Fire was established in October 2009 following my departure from Spectrum Fire, a national fire company. We currently have 12 field staff, supported by an admin team...

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Beware of asbestos before renovating your home

Beware of asbestos before renovating your home

  November (1-30) is National Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes. Simply living or working in a building that contains asbestos is not dangerous, provided the asbestos is not broken or damaged. It is when the asbestos is disturbed, and fibres are released that the risk of exposure arises.   Why Can Asbestos...

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There is cracking in my house?!?!

There is cracking in my house?!?!

Settling in on the couch, flicking on the TV you start unwinding and relaxing in your home when, out of the corner of your eye, you notice something that wasn’t there before – a crack!! You know no one in your household caused the crack- you’re sure it wasn’t there when you looked yesterday and now you’re starting to worry. So, you start google searching reasons as to why your house...

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SPI’s Director Colin Legg Judges for the HIA Awards

SPI’s Director Colin Legg Judges for the HIA Awards

The Housing Industry Awards (HIA) Awards program is an annual event, showcasing outstanding workmanship and design by members of HIA.  Entrants must be licensed or registered builders/companies and are judged by industry professionals. Colin Legg, our Director of SPI, had the honour of being appointed a judge once again for this year’s HIA-CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom...

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Victoria’s Fire Action Week

Victoria’s Fire Action Week

The annual Fire Action Week took place recently from October 13 – 20, 2017 with the aim to promote awareness of fire safety leading into Victoria’s fire season.  One of the CFA’s main goals is to protect the lives and properties of Victorians across the state.  The CFA believes that fire education plays an essential role in decreasing the number of fire related fatality losses. Here are...

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New Home Construction Inspections – Interview with Inspector

New Home Construction Inspections – Interview with Inspector

When building your new home, it’s important to engage the services of an experienced Inspector with a building background. We understand it can be a daunting experience having to deal with builders or developers who speak in what seems like a different language. Not only will you have a knowledgeable eye on the project at the critical stages but you will also have someone who can explain the...

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SPI’s Newsletter- September edition

SPI’s Newsletter- September edition

SPI have undergone many changes over the past few months. From the considerable growth in our office and contract Inspector team, to moving into a new office headquarters, we are not short of things happening here at SPI Property Inspections.  In our September newsletter edition, the following topics are explored: Office Team – we welcome two new staff members to our team, Melissa...

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The MFB’s Involvement In Essential Safety Measure Compliance

The MFB’s Involvement In Essential Safety Measure Compliance

Unfortunately, the management of Essential Safety Measure’s (ESM’s) are often found to be lacking or non-existent for many buildings. In some cases, the owner is unaware about their legal obligations to comply with fire safety and protection over the life of the building. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) can reprimand parties that are not complying with the standard practice of building...

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Tax Depreciation Schedule Interview With Our Experienced Inspector

Tax Depreciation Schedule Interview With Our Experienced Inspector

A property has caught your eye and after a whirlwind of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ and all of the other challenges thrown towards you, you finally nab the dream investment. After financing the property, you’re now ready to enjoy the substantial tax savings that depreciation can give you. Does my property qualify for this schedule? Is my property too old? Is there any point investing with this...

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Interview With An Experienced ESM Inspector

Interview With An Experienced ESM Inspector

We recently had a chat with experienced ESM professional Damien Purcell, a registered Building Inspector, as he walks us through what you need to know with Essential Safety Measures. About Damien: Damien has been carrying out ESM audits and inspections since 2004 and holds a Diploma of Building Surveying as well as a Diploma of Building Construction. He was always interested in fire safety when...

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Essential Safety Measures – Are They Important?

Essential Safety Measures – Are They Important?

It was only months ago the devastating building fire took place in North Kensington (London) taking several lives and leaving many homeless.  Theories as to why the fire escalated so quickly are still being discussed, blaming features such as the cladding and inadequate safety procedures. The cladding had come under serious scrutiny with experts stating a more fire-resistant type could have been...

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Looking To Update Or Change Your Home?  

Looking To Update Or Change Your Home?  

Consider a renovation and follow some of the big trends for 2017.  Every year there are different trends in home structure and interior design. The team here at SPI Property Inspections are keen followers of the renovation TV show,  ‘The Block‘ and we like to keep up to date with trends in the market.  Here’s what we’ve noticed for this year: Structural Trends        ...

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Melbourne’s Ever Expanding Million-Dollar Club

Melbourne’s Ever Expanding Million-Dollar Club

When house hunting, many buyers are making decisions based on proximity to schools, universities, shops and restaurants, public transportation and/or freeways.  Many would think these are just basic requirements for a suburb when purchasing a property.  In recent years, the median value of house prices has soared. Ten years ago, there were only five Melbourne suburbs with a median house price...

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Melbourne’s Infrastructure – What Is Happening?

Melbourne’s Infrastructure – What Is Happening?

In Melbourne, our roads and infrastructure have required constant expansion to suit our ever-growing population.  With it being a large focus for our government, many funds and resources have been set aside to improve our standard of living. This can be reflected in the famously-dubbed title of ‘the most liveable city in the world’ (The Economist), with one of the criteria being based on a...

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Ownership And Control Of A New Home Construction Site

Ownership And Control Of A New Home Construction Site

You have purchased a block of land where your dream home will be located, prepared your house plans and have chosen the right builders and contractors for the job. Now you’re at the beginning of the construction stage. You’re very eager to see how the build is going and what stage the construction is at. You may even believe you can walk onto the site because it’s your land. Unfortunately,...

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Beat The Damp By Improving Water Drainage

Beat The Damp By Improving Water Drainage

With the cooler months, comes the need to keep an eye on drainage under your home. Our inspectors often come across situations where inadequate drainage has not been addressed. Over a period of time, these conditions may eventually lead to rising damp and rotting timber floors. In addition, moisture may create a humid atmosphere, creating conditions that are conducive to attracting termites.  If...

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Stamp Duty Abolished For First Home Buyers

Stamp Duty Abolished For First Home Buyers

Seasonality plays an important role in the housing market as well as changes in Government policy. The Victorian Government has announced that stamp duty will be abolished for first-home buyers (FHB’s) purchasing a home below $600,000 for any contracts entered into from 1 July 2017. The exemption will apply to all residential property types, including homes, townhouses and apartments for...

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Turn Your Attention To Winter

Turn Your Attention To Winter

With the temperature starting to drop, we know that the prospect of storms, heavy rainfall and high winds looms. Now is a good time to attend to winter maintenance tasks to avoid potential problems around your home. Here are our top maintenance tips to get you started: Roof: check for any broken tiles, slates, damaged pointing/mortar to hips and ridges and loose flashing to avoid water damage and...

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New Standards In Apartments

New Standards In Apartments

New design standards for apartments came into effect in March 2017 and will be implemented in all planning schemes in Victoria. The purpose of the standards is to greatly improve the amenity and liveability of new apartments, providing clear guidelines in the following areas: Building setback Natural ventilation Functional layout Private open space Room depth Communal open...

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