When you think of energy efficiency and comfort, the type of windows in your home come to mind? If not, you may be overlooking a crucial factor of energy conservation. For many Australian homeowners, the appeal of double glazing lies in its increased insu
If your taps are make strange sounds when turned on, it’s probably not a poltergeist haunting. The most likely cause is an issue called hydraulic shock, which is more commonly known as water hammer.
Having smoke detectors in your home will act as a potentially lifesaving warning system. Without smoke alarms you run the risk of not giving you and your family enough time to escape in the event of a fire.
When the cost of renovation is too much, a dash of paint can reinvent your bathroom. Painting bathroom tiles is a great way to change your decor at minimal cost. This is a DIY project you can complete without labour costs.
When new technologies come to the fore, it often opens up new possibilities for applications in multiple industries. The wallpaper industry, especially, has greatly benefited from technologies designed to bring breath taking visions to life.
A lot of homeowners avoid building on a sloping block. Doing so is a mistake. A sloping site presents the opportunity to create a beautiful home, so long as structures are secure and your landscape is properly designed.
Pergolas are large structures that enhance your outside spaces. As far as architecture is concerned, pergolas are usually much more impressive than other outside structures such as arbors. The structure typically includes columns that support a roof with
Every landscape deserves a unique focal point; a place where you can gather with family and friends in style and comfort. In 2016 retailers, builders, and architects began noticing that a new trend was gaining traction.
There is a general assumption among homeowners that heated floors are too expensive to make them worth considering. While there is a grain of truth in that, homeowners are not getting the whole story.
If you ask ten different builders to define the soil classifications on a piece of land, there is a good chance you will get ten different answers. That is not to say that those builders don't what they are talking about, however, classifications are comp
What many homeowners do not realise how much poor subfloor ventilation can affect both property and human health. When you are in a confined space, pollutants become denser. If your home is not sufficiently ventilated, property damage may become the least
After all of the excitement, worry and stress of having your new home built are you really ready to move in ? Unless youve invested in a pre-handover inspection, the answer to that question may not be as straightforward as you think.
Purchasing a home is an exciting moment in your life, but it also comes with a deluge of information, some of which can be a bit overwhelming.
A deck or balcony can be the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining at home, but it also has the potential to be one of the most dangerous. Deck safety is a crucial, though often overlooked, aspect of home ownership.
Water is one of life's essential requirements, but too much of a good thing can cause very real problems for homes and structures. Standing water, excess moisture in the air and flooding can all lead to expensive and potentially dangerous issues within a
You've found the perfect home and are ready to make an offer, when you learn about previous renovations which were completed without a permit.
Make Sure You Get the Most Out of Your Investment Property Right from the Start. Tax Depreciation Reports
Investing in real estate is often a wise financial decision, but it can also come with some added tax responsibilities. Fortunately, there is a perfectly legal method of minimising those tax responsibilities related to investment property.
Structural damage is a serious matter for any property owner, and there is a source of building damage which often goes undetected until it's already underway: a termite infestation.
Home ownership is rewarding, both emotionally and financially, but it can also be fraught with complications and confusion. Homeowners don't have to be experts with an in-depth knowledge of every system on their property,
The aesthetic appeal of brick makes it a popular choice for homeowners, but many don't realize there are two separate options which can create a similar look:
Roof Tiles: Pros and Cons - Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons
Houspect Building Inspections - Expanding your available space to include outdoor living areas can add value to your home while increasing your quality of life, but decking and balconies are not without their risks.
A Houspect Dilapidation report prior to project commencement will identify and record the location and extent of any existing damage (cracks, gaps etc) at neighbouring properties to help protect you against possible claims. It will help maintain good relations and avoid disputes with neighbours later.
Don't let the process of building your dream home become a nightmare. Contact a reputable, experienced professional building inspection company before your project begins to learn more about how stage construction inspections protect your interests throug
Improper drainage on your property can also cause its fair share of troubles, as can leaking or burst plumbing pipes, sub-floor obstructions or inadequate sub-floor ventilation.
Choosing to have a brand new home built should be an exciting and fulfilling experience; there are benefits which accompany the construction of a new home, however with these benefits come no small amount of added responsibilities.
If purchasing a new home is exciting, building your own is an even more dizzying experience.
Whether you're building a new home, buying or selling an existing property, renovating or investing, Houspect offers services that can assist you at every stage of your real estate investment.We offer Stage Construction Inspections, Building and Pest inspections and as well as Building Depreciation Inspections.
Construction Inspection & Reports, Professional Construction, New Home & Renovation Inspectors – Why Inspect?
Building a new home or renovating an existing house is a complex process. Sometimes mistakes happen that you may not discover until it’s too late. Most builders are reputable but even the most reliable builder will make an error occasionally. A Houspect construction inspection lets you rest assured that your home is being built to the proper standards.
Stages of Construction Inspections
Houspect Building Inspections have a range of construction inspections to ensure that the method of construction and workmanship on your project are in accordance with Australian and Industry standards. Inspections are usually timed in accordance with the various stages, however we can be called upon at any time you need help.
What a construction inspection provides:
- We check that all the work completed is in accordance with the building plans.
- We check that all components of the building comply with current Australian Standards and Building Codes.
- We ensure that the workmanship is at an industry standard.
- We prepare a typed report listing all items to be rectified by the builder. This report is a legal document and can be used as evidence in court if necessary.
- For your peace of mind, our inspectors will ensure you are really getting what you have requested and paid for from the builder.
- Floor not to specification
- Floor incorrect size
- Floor lower than datum point
- No allowance for plumbing pipes
- Wrong number of brick courses
- Brick laying sub-standard
- Roof frame held together with string (true story)
- Roof covering not installed to manufacturers specification
- Power points too close to wash basin
- Kitchen cupboards not installed to a good standard of workmanship
- These problems do not occur in all houses, we are in business to ensure it doesn’t happen in your home.