It can be really disheartening to see your home renovation or building project plans put on hold in the current climate. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t use this time wisely to put your plans in place and still move forward on that home improvement you have been planning. Here are some tips to…

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It’s been a wild few months for the people of Melbourne. With Stage 3 and Stage 4 lockdowns, it can be hard to feel stable and confident in these uncertain times. There is no doubt we are all doing it tough. Yet, we at View Bank Homes are optimistic that as a community, we will…

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Renovating? Building? Dreaming of a fresh look? So, where do you start? The answer lies in a well-thought-out and clearly defined Project Brief. The way these projects often start can often look something like this: You decide you need or want a new kitchen, bathroom, laundry, extension etc. 😄 You start googling to find a…

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This is the third in our series of articles is aimed at explaining some of the basics about how building contracts work. This article will deal with payment mechanisms in your building contract. In entering into any building contract, you should determine what payments you will need to make, and when.  You will need to…

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Hi readers, Hard to believe that we’re nearly halfway through the year, and thus far what a year its been! With restrictions slowly lifting in states throughout Australia, it’s been a welcome change to the isolated lifestyle we have all been living for the last few months. It’s been wonderful to be able to open…

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With restrictions around the globe and within our own country slowly being lifted, it makes you think what our new way of life will be like and what it will look like. Will we go back to normal? What does normal look like? What have we learnt and more importantly what will we apply? These…

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Following on from last month’s article, this article is aimed at explaining some of the basics about how building contracts work, and a number of the choices you will need to make when entering into a building contract, and how those choices affect what will happen on your build. Please note that each State of…

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Useful Links & Tips when it comes to renovations and building “Do you have a trade license?” This is often a question that is missed (or avoided) at the beginning of discussions with trades and often falls into the assumption category. With possible legal ramifications for you, the homeowner, not to mention possible Occupational Health…

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As we live in isolation to avoid the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus, many of us are blissfully unaware that there is a more sinister silent killer residing in many of our homes. Pondering what I could write to encourage safety around asbestos, I’m mindful there are many resources out there from reliable sources but do…

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There are state-specific regulatory governing authorities that issue trade licences and each state has different governing bodies. Most are easily sourced via the internet or via enquiry calls. As there are quite a few, we’ve correlated some useful links and resources to help you. Remember to do your due diligence as errors or incidences from…

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