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If you’re in the market for a brand-new house or significant renovation, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Here are some factors to consider to help you choose the right builder: Competency – Can your builder meet your every need from the beginning of the building process […]

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A Room with a View

It is most people’s worst nightmare: you buy your dream house or holiday home on a lush hillside overlooking the ocean, then your new neighbours decide to build their dream home and block parts of your view. So what is the law when it comes to a shared outlook? The general advice most town planners […]

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Rising Damp

Rising damp can sometimes be a problem in older buildings, particularly those built before the 1970’s. It’s a potential headache for inexperienced home buyers and first time investors who don’t know what to look for as well as vendors who choose to ignore the issue. In simple terms rising damp occurs when ground water travels […]

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Both State and Federal Governments are now focusing their First Home Purchaser grants and concessions to those who are building a new home. Recently the New South Wales government introduced a new scheme and already after less than 2 weeks, there has been a jump in those purchasing land as well as new apartments. Governments […]

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The Perfect Driveway

Jim Fogarty, one of Australia’s top landscape designers, recently explained some interesting facts about driveway design. In his article Mr Fogarty highlighted the fact that a new driveway can be one of the most costly items in a front garden. However, he believes that budget as well, as good design, are often overlooked in the […]

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Balconies and Balustrades

Balconies and balustrades have come along way over recent years. The choices are now far greater and the safety aspects have improved out of sight. Little ones can no longer easily climb up and wave down precariously at you from your second storey. This is very good news for parents! Glass is currently one of […]

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In today’s busy times it seems easiest to just visit Display Homes and select your preferred home. Yet designing and building a new home without the expertise of an architect may save you time and money up front, but can also be considered false economy. Whether you are building in precincts like Sandhurst where there […]

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HIA: Rates, prices cap home building

New home building will fall 15 per cent in 2011 as interest rates and poor affordability wipe out recent stimulus-driven gains, Australia’s peak residential construction body says. The Housing Industry Association predicts 25,000 fewer homes will be built in 2011 than 2010, a downwards revision from previous estimates, according to its National Outlook for the […]

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Australian building approvals fell by the most in more than eight years as the floods in Queensland and elsewhere disrupted construction plans. Approvals dived 15.9 per cent to 12,342 units in January, seasonally adjusted, from an upwardly revised 14,682 units in December. Economists had been expecting a drop of 3.3 per cent in the month.Approvals […]

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Q&A: Can I sue the building inspector?

Q Can you sue the building inspector if they miss something important in their report?A You can and must. How else are we all to justify the pages of disclaimers tacked on to every building inspection report, rendering them all but incomprehensible to anyone without a PhD in contract law.First, check the inspector has professional […]

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