Due Diligence - Building Inspection

Five signs your investment property is being used as a drug lab

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
HUNDREDS of investment properties across Queensland could be meth time bombs with experts warning clean up costs could run into the thousands. Australia’s meth use has tripled in the past five years, and according to one industry testing group that means the number of clandestine drug labs would also be on the rise. Bryan Goodall, the national sales manager for Octief, environmental and occupational hygienists, which test properties for chemical residue from methamphetamines, said it...

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Choose your building and pest inspector carefully

Posted on November 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment
All too often property investors are lead by the nose by the friendly real estate agent who recommends them to an inspector who, in the expectation of receiving further referrals from that agent, will look for a soft option or solution to any problem that arises. That inspector will not stand up on your behalf without fear or favour because of the risk of loosing future business from the agent. The last example I came across was...

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Dangers lurk in the home for the untrained do-it-yourself renovators

Posted on October 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments
MORE and more television shows are advertising how to renovate or extend your home. I cringe when I see these types of programs that encourage home owners to undertake projects that are often too complex, dangerous and difficult for owner-builders to tackle. On the flip side, there are some home owners who have completed training and research that equips them with enough skills to complete standard projects. The programs that show how to totally gut...

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Patent Lawsuit Threatens the use of Infrared Cameras for Home Inspectors

Posted on September 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments
The quick version of that post is that there’s a company in Mississippi that has patented the use of infrared cameras for home inspections.  Basically, they claim that if a home inspector uses an infrared camera as part of their home inspection, the home inspector is infringing on their patent rights.  Absurd, right?  Let me explain why I care about this topic. My infrared camera is definitely the coolest home inspection tool that I own. I can bust my...

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Roll up your sleeves because minor improvements to a property can boost its appeal — and its income

Posted on September 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments
When looking to buy an investment property that will bring in a good rental return, location – in particular, proximity to public transport and the local shopping strip – is key. As is buying something that offers a sensible layout and, if you’re intending to lease it immediately, won’t require large capital works to bring it up to scratch. But once you’ve taken possession, what – apart from ensuring the property has been properly cleaned...

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Toxic waste threatens over 150,000 Australian sites

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Australia has more than 150,000 sites that are potentially contaminated with toxic waste, and experts say that only a tiny fraction of them are being cleaned up to remove the risk to human health. Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation, Professor Ravi Naidu, told ABC’s The World Today that most of the sites are in urban areas and pose a serious threat to human and environmental health. “Australia has 160,000...

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Recycled house sells for $1.27m

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
A HOUSE made almost entirely of recycled materials has sold for $1.27 million after its savvy owner converted a plain two-bedder into a four-bedroom masterpiece. Electrical engineer Paul Young poured his heart and soul into the project, at 59 Binalong Ave, Allambie Heights, after buying it as pole house in 1990. “I’d always been interested in building from recycled products,” Mr Young said. “Houses get knocked down and they have nice timber, which could be...

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Buyer beware! Should sellers have to provide mandatory building inspection reports to prospective purchasers?

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
What if sellers don’t ‘fess up if there’s no record of council inspections? They can sell regardless! What if a seller’s carport, garage or deck was built illegally? No selling worries! What if a home is termite-riddled? Don’t tell! And if sellers obtain a pre-sale building report showing heaps of problems? Don’t mention the report! This is why “buyer beware” is the first unwritten rule of real estate in Queensland. Will it stay that way?...

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Doctors brace for 40 years of asbestos illness

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Do-it-yourself home renovators are regularly exposing themselves and their children to cancer-causing asbestos, a study of NSW residents has found. Experts say the disturbing findings show that, despite repeated warnings, Australians are still not protecting themselves from asbestos-related diseases. “It’s a horrible disease but it’s completely preventable.” The study of almost 860 people who recently completed a do-it-yourself renovation found more than 61 per cent said they had been exposed to asbestos. More than one...

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MOULD AND CONDENSATION 15 Point Checklist

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
“OH NO, MOULD!” – you take out your favorite coat and there is mould on it, “where did it come from?” you ask yourself as you try to brush off the mould and search if there is mould anywhere else hoping you won’t find any in other areas. Have you ever had that experience? Mould is quite a common problem even in homes that are well ventilated commonly caused by Rising damp and Condensation. Rising damp...

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