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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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Building Condition Report: Carry Out Your Due Diligence?

Building Condition Report: Carry Out Your Due Diligence?

Arranging a Building Condition Report for a commercial property is a wise and valuable 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 complete structure, you will be better informed about what you’re purchasing or leasing and it will give you peace of mind when making...

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Melbourne Water Retarding Basins Project

Melbourne Water Retarding Basins Project

SPI Property Inspections was recently awarded a contract with John Holland-KBR Joint Venture (JH-KBR JV), on behalf of Melbourne Water, to carry out Property Condition Surveys as part of upgrade works at: Glen Valley Retarding Basin located on Glen Valley Road in Forest Hill Lernes Street Retarding Basin located on Hylton Crescent in Forest Hill East Burwood Retarding Basin located on Weeden...

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Being Prepared for the Bushfire Season

Being Prepared for the Bushfire Season

Australian summers are synonymous with backyard BBQ’s, days at the beach and picnics with family and friends. However, this time of the year is also renowned for bushfires around the country. For this reason, it’s imperative to know what precautions to take to keep our families and properties safe. Recent predictions from the Climate Council indicate that Victoria is at risk of facing...

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Engage a Professional for your Contract Review

Engage a Professional for your Contract Review

A new home contract can be a lengthy and detailed document which needs to be examined carefully for any discrepancies or possible misinterpretation. The experienced inspectors at SPI will thoroughly review your contract to ensure that it is in line with industry standards. We can also provide advice on any issues that require clarification between parties prior to signing, for example: Your...

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Christmas News from the SPI Team

Christmas News from the SPI Team

As we head into end-of-year celebrations, we hope you can begin to enjoy some quiet time with family and friends after all the Christmas frenzy. For some, this can mean travel opportunities or time at home to get on with that list of home maintenance and renovation jobs. For others, it’s an opportunity to see what else might be on offer in the housing market. Whatever your focus in the...

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SPI’s top 10 home maintenance tips for summer

SPI’s top 10 home maintenance tips for summer

  As we roll into the warmer months of the year, there are a few home maintenance items you should keep in mind so that your home is in its peak performance. Here are our top 10 home maintenance tips that you can do over the summer period: Inspect and clean your gutters for debris to prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. A clogged gutter may lead to water leakage and possible structural...

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Home Checklist

Home Checklist

So, you’ve found your dream home but before you commit your hard-earned cash to this property, you need to be really sure you know what you’re buying.  Inspecting a house takes time, careful scrutiny and sound building knowledge. We’ve prepared a home checklist to show you what needs to be considered with any property. If you’re not sure about what you’re finding, seek some...

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Concerned about Asbestos Issues?

Concerned about Asbestos Issues?

November (1-30) is National Asbestos Awareness Month which aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes. In addition, WorkSafe inspectors in Victoria are visiting more than 800 demolition and construction sites to ensure that work is carried out as safely as possible. In particular, inspectors will verify compliance with the laws associated with construction...

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What if you don’t win at auction?

What if you don’t win at auction?

If you’ve ever been involved in an auction, you’ll know how tense it can be, particularly if you are one of the people bidding. Even if you’re just a casual observer on the day, you can feel on your guard – any sudden movements and you could find yourself an unwitting homeowner! Private treaty sales account for the vast majority of all home sales but auctions are an...

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When do you need Expert Evidence at VCAT Hearings?

When do you need Expert Evidence at VCAT Hearings?

If you find yourself in a situation where a building dispute cannot be resolved and you are considering the VCAT process, we recommend that you call us for some professional guidance. Building disputes can become very costly and you will need to make a few key decisions on what to do next. Our team at SPI can assist in this process. When you contact SPI, we will ask you the following...

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DIY home improvement on the rise

DIY home improvement on the rise

Have you been contemplating whether to renovate your home or investment property? You are definitely not alone in making this decision. The home renovation boom continues to grow along with the popularity of renovation and home improvement television programs such as The Block and House Rules. DIY household improvements can often add value to the home if they are done well. Conversely, if you...

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Disclosing information about a property: do your research

Disclosing information about a property: do your research

If walls could talk, I’m sure they would have some very fascinating information to share. Does your home have an interesting past, filled with stories of crime scenes, murder, tragic accidents and/or gruesome events? These types of homes have the potential to attract a lot of media attention and public curiosity but they can also deter a prospective buyer. Subsequently, a murder can have a...

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How to Select a Property Inspector

How to Select a Property Inspector

A building inspection is a simple and essential step that shouldn’t be overlooked when buying property. However, you may be unaware that the building inspection industry is not regulated in Victoria so it’s important to choose a registered builder who is insured and has on-the-job experience in the industry. You will need someone who can identify those faults or potential problems...

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Our involvement in Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project

Our involvement in Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project

The SPI team has been busy completing Property Condition Surveys for one of the Government’s Level Crossing Removal Projects at Bayswater. The Victorian Government is aiming to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018, with the intention of improving safety and relieving traffic congestion across Victoria. We are pleased to report that our role in the project has progressed very...

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Expanding Our Services to Include Maintenance Inspections

Expanding Our Services to Include Maintenance Inspections

Building a new home can be an exciting yet hectic experience, with a myriad steps and decisions to make. It’s important to keep a close check on the construction work through every stage to make sure the project is on track. Engaging the services of an independent property inspector who has experience in building, can be invaluable. SPI Property Inspections provides a series of independent...

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Be Well Informed Through Your New Home Construction Build

Be Well Informed Through Your New Home Construction Build

Building a new house or investment property is a big step and it helps to be well informed about the process. However, if you have had limited exposure to the industry, the terminology used by builders and those working in the building trade can be complicated and confusing at times. To help explain some of the common terms, we thought it might be helpful to provide a list that you can refer to...

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