“We need to have some major works done on our property, but how do we know which builder to choose?” There is no question that for major building works you will need a team of professionals to get the job done. After all there are important legal and safety aspects to consider, not to mention the…

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Our friends at Femeconomy recently reviewed people’s uptake of renovations and building projects during COVID and what challenges this presented. COVID-19 has sparked growth in spending on home renovations, building, and property maintenance. Australian families have been renovating their properties during the coronavirus pandemic, with the average budget coming in at $63,188 according to the…

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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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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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Every build may be slightly different and ultimately the terms of your building contract will stipulate how and when progress payments are to be made. Each State and Territory has slightly different regulations with limits as to what a deposit or progress payment may be in terms of the total percentage of the build. Whatever…

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As we head into a period of self-isolation and social interactions, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by all the negative news stories and health concerns facing many families. Added to this are the huge economic impact and repercussions on how we continue to offer services and products. If you are in the middle of…

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I can’t stress enough the importance in investing time and effort upfront to get your project brief right and as clear as possible BEFORE you even start talking to your designer, architect, builder or trades! Do you know what a project brief is and why it’s so important? Take a quick look here to come…

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