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Termites Cause House Fire

Termites Cause House Fire

A person from the Eurobodalla has been taken to hospital after a housefire near Batemans Bay this morning. Emergency Services were called the fire at Moorong Crescent in Malua Bay just after 7am today. RFS evacuated the single occupant who was treated by Paradmedics, and taken to Moruya hospital is a stable condition.

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The Demise of the Interim Occupation Cerfiticate

Following a number of reprieves (firstly 1 November 2018, then 1 November 2019), interim occupation certificates will now become obsolete on 1 December 2019 by virtue of the commencement of certain amendments to Part 6 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (“EPA Act”), in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Building and Subdivision Certification) Regulation 2019 (NSW) (“Regulation”), made on 30 August 2019.

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Property Negotiations

Property Negotiations

Knowing how to respond to a real estate agent’s questions can boost your chances of securing a property for a good price. In this edited extract from his book, Australia’s Home Buying Guide, real estate agent Todd Sloan shares three common questions agents ask and the best way to answer them.

A lot of the time, the first part of getting a great price is knowing that the negotiation has already started. It doesn’t start when you make your first offer – well, at least not if you want a good deal when you’re buying a property.

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Obligations on NSW Owner Builders

Owner Builder Warranty Is No Longer Available in NSW
Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund is no longer available for owner-builder work done by an owner-builder.

Owner-builders who sell properties built under owner-builder permits are no longer required to provide insurance to the subsequent purchaser.

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Are Treated Timbers Really Safe From Termites?

The near-universal use of H2 blue, green or red framing timber in construction is now a time bomb for landfill in 20-40 years’ time. It cannot be composted nor recycled, and thus is sent to landfill. In an ideal world, buildings would be carefully deconstructed and every skerrick reused, but in the Land of Oz, where labourers are paid $55 per hour, and landfill rates are less than $200 per tonne that is just a pipe dream.

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“The council search was a really great extra service and something I wasn’t expecting as part of a building inspection. It turned up a few issues but enabled us to make an informed risk based decision, without having to do a full survey and building certificate at much greater expense.” Andrew, Buyer, South Coast

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Solving Water Leaks Is Not An Easy Job

Fixing water leaks is always a tough job.

Getting to the root cause and then finding a solution to rectify the problem is no easy task.

Lack of understanding about structural issues as well as waterproofing methodology/technologies can lead to rectification decisions that may not actually resolve water ingress.

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“Thank you again for everything you’ve done to help us, and for your understanding and patience with the constant rescheduling. And a big thank you to Brendan for taking the time to explain everything to us – I honestly could’ve listened to him all day long!
When I started looking for a property inspection company, I asked everyone I could think of, then went on Google and did some homework. We narrowed it down to three companies, and I called you first because 1.) you had the best reviews and 2.) the sample report was very impressive.

That first conversation I had with you set the standard for the rest of the bunch. You took the time to listen and discuss what we were looking for and what our concerns were, which no one else did. In fact, I only rang one other company and quickly decided I wasn’t even going to waste my time ringing the third as I’d already made up my mind.

In terms of price, while Surety charges more than others, I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. The inspection and report were absolutely worth every dollar (and probably more). Brendan picked up on issues we never even thought of, and not only detailed them with photos, but got our builder to agree to fix them with no argument. That was particularly impressive, especially considering the builder. And the report – no one else puts that level of effort into their reports. Surety’s reports should be an industry standard.

Again, thank you so very much for everything, and we wish you and Brendan all the best. Next time we buy (not build, learned that lesson), we’re coming straight to Surety again, absolutely no question about that.”

New Construction Handover Client

“After the completion of my new home it was great to have Surety go over it with a fine toothed comb. I was very impressed at the level of detail and the items that were picked up by the inspector”

Peter – New Construction Client – Googong

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