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Hidden Defects in New Houses

Obviously the general poor quality of new construction is nothing new, but unfortunately our unsuspecting customers who think “new” is new are often disappointed. A few recent inspections uncovered three hidden areas that would not have been noticed by the buyer until after they moved in. Having a keen eye from a building consultant check […]

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Sydney homebuyer’s $100,000 horror after building and pest inspection comes up clean – Don’t buy a recycled report!!

A SYDNEY homeowner who bought a house only to discover more than $100,000 worth of damage has warned property-hunters to pay closer attention to their pre-purchase inspection reports. The buyer, who asked not to be identified, purchased the two-bedroom, one-bathroom 1920s terrace in St Peters in Sydney’s inner west last year for nearly $1 million. […]

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NSW Fair Trading heeds warning on NSW building contracts

NSW Fair Trading is urging consumers to do their homework before signing a residential home-building contract, following complaints about builders demanding thousands of dollars in unexpected additional payments. “We are hearing from consumers who thought they had entered into a ‘fixed price’ contract with a builder, only to find this wasn’t the case, and this […]

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The Flight of the Termite: The Silent Intruder

Many Canberrans are shocked to learn the ACT has a growing termite problem, and it’s one that should not be ignored. A major termite flight took place inside a Canberra home, with the termites determined to find a place to build a new nest. The CSIRO recommends that houses be inspected for termites at a […]

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The Hidden Things You Can’t Always See: Termites

The unfortunate truth about termites is that it is often too late when you find them. There are a number of real situations of locations you may not often visit or explore in your home and garden, only to find out later that termites are silently doing damage. One elderly woman who doesn’t frequent a […]

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The Truth about Termite Monitoring Stations

Termite monitoring stations can be installed when a property currently has a termite infestation, or they can be installed as a system to monitor any future infestations. On behalf of a buyer in a rural area around Canberra, a buyers building and pest inspection test was conducted. At that time, there was no reason for […]

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Termite Attacks – making a meal of the outer suburbs

With the ever increasing expansion of residential development into Australia’s outer suburbs – experts say there is a current plague of termite attacks on Australian homes. Last year’s wet spring made for ideal conditions for termite infestation, conditions which have reportedly lead to a plague of the wood-chewing insects. Termite experts are seeing hungry termites making a […]

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Meth labs found in Canberra Homes

We have Mr Fluffy Homes and now we have contaminated houses for another reason – Meth Labs. Living in a home that is contaminated can cause serious health issues and not only that cost between $15,000-$50,0000 in the clean up. Just something else to think about when buying a house.

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The hidden agenda of a Seller – What can a buyer do about this!

We are often told in our business WOW you are so thorough we wouldn’t use you again for a Sellers Report but definitely would use for a Buyers Report. Really! Unfortunately, this is just human nature and even the most honest, trustworthy Seller will say the same thing. As a Seller’s intention is to move on and hand over a property which may contain possible problems to some else – it just happens this way. So what can a Buyer do to ensure they aren’t buying a lemon and how can they look out for themselves just as the Seller will?

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The Truth About Sellers Reports and Re-selling Reports

You have probably gathered from my many previous posts that I’m very passionate about this topic and I have a lot to say. Re-selling of building and pest reports along with sellers providing reports – looks glamorous on the surface but horrifying below the surface. Take 5 minutes out of your day, and PLEASE read this story. Unfortunately, our industry is full of compromised inspectors not doing the right thing by the buyers.

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Bernadette, Sth Coast Home Owner

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