Tag Archive: owner-builder

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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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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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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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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