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Solve building disputes without VCAT

Solve building disputes without VCAT

Do you have an unresolved dispute? Here’s what you can do before it escalates. After months of disagreements, you find yourself in a standoff regarding an aspect of a build. You may be the owner just wanting to complete your new home, or you may be the builder who feels as though your opinions aren’t being listened to.  For both parties, it can be an unsettling time and a solution isn’t...

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The Bank of Mum and Dad

The Bank of Mum and Dad

With today’s market, it’s no surprise that young Aussies need to think of creative ways to enter the property market. In recent times, millennials are required to use other methods rather than the banks to kick start their dream of owning their own home. An emerging trend is evident with young investors turning to the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ for financial support. We all know the...

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Base Stage Inspection – Interview with a client

Base Stage Inspection – Interview with a client

We recently conducted an interview with a new client who is undergoing their exciting New Home build. Cerise and her husband are keeping us up to date with how they are feeling as they experience the exciting but stressful journey of their New Home Construction along with tips they would like others to know when building.     Why did you choose to have undergo all 5 stages of New Home...

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A digital bank about to hit the property market

A digital bank about to hit the property market

  The digital currency that is slowly creeping into the wallets of those around the world has now made an appearance in the Australian property market.  A vendor in Melbourne’s outer east suburb has made the bold move to be part of the growing trend with offering Bitcoin as a partial payment for the 5-bedroom home located in The Basin.  To view the property for sale, please click...

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The Struggle Is Real For Melburnian First Home Buyers

The Struggle Is Real For Melburnian First Home Buyers

  As a potential First Home Buyer (FHB) and/or a parent with children, you may feel discouraged by media reports about the ability for younger generations to ever own their own home. The barrier for entering the property market remains incredibly strong and hard to overcome for many Australians, the younger generations in particular. Saving for a house deposit is the first step towards...

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Road closures to avoid during the New Years break

Road closures to avoid during the New Years break

Be sure to stay in the loop with the road closures this New Year’s period so you don’t waste your precious time during the holiday break in traffic.                           Below is a list of main areas to avoid: The Tullamarine Freeway                                                           ...

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Season’s Greetings From The SPI Team!

Season’s Greetings From The SPI Team!

For the SPI office and inspector team, 2017 has proven to be a challenging yet rewarding year.  We can’t remember another year quite like this one!!!  Our expanding team moved into new premises and introduced additional services for our clients.  In order to manage our workload, there’s been lots of training and teamwork involved.  Over the last few weeks, the office team put...

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Selling property through Christmas & New Year

Selling property through Christmas & New Year

With Christmas just around the corner, we can look forward to those few quite days off with loved ones as we recover from the frenzy we’ve endured prepping for the holiday season. For some who get to experience the time off, it can mean time to fly through the list of maintenance jobs around the house. For others though, it’s a great opportunity to sit and relax whilst researching the housing...

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New Property Market Trend- Tiny Homes

New Property Market Trend- Tiny Homes

With house prices still on the rise, many Victorians are seeing their dream of owning their own home slipping away. Aside from the purchase price of the property, other costings such as the ever present up keep, deterioration costs (such as cracking) and regular bills that accumulate- it makes it seem like an impossible goal to financially fund. If only there was an option that was cost...

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SPI’S CHRISTMAS HAMPER GIVEAWAY

SPI’S CHRISTMAS HAMPER GIVEAWAY

With end-of-year celebrations only weeks away, we understand that this time of year may be busy for you. Whether you have exciting travel plans or have a list of home maintenance and renovation jobs around the house, we appreciate that December is an eventful month! To get started on our Christmas celebrations, we are holding a special competition for our treasured SPI clients. Simply follow...

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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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