1. What are we talking about? The extent that a strata company and or a Council of Owners (COO) have documented maintenance plans for their strata property varies considerably across WA. Given the normal tensions between the availability of funds and the extent of ongoing maintenance requirements, a reactive rather than proactive approach has traditionally been…Read more
1. What are we talking about? Many WA residential property purchases are subject to Pre Purchase Building Inspections. To incorporate the Building Inspection requirement into the Standard Real Estate Institute of WA (“REIWA”) Offer to Purchase contract, an Annexure is usually added which describes the Pre Purchase Building Inspection requirements. The most often used Annexure by…Read more
Knocking Down Internal Walls Home designs have changed! We have moved from lots of little rooms in older style homes to big open plan living areas with few internal walls in newer homes. So if you own an older home, how hard can it be to simply knock down and removing internal walls? Knocking down…Read more
Major changes to the WA Builder complaint process on WA Strata Constructions – Announcement by the WA Government
1. What are we talking about? Historically when a WA Strata Company or Lot owner wanted to make a complaint against a WA Builder for construction defects, after submitting their Complaint form, they would often be required by Building and Energy (previously known as the “WA Building Commission”) to obtain an Independent Expert Report to support their…Read more
Does the manhole through a ceiling into the roof space have to be trimmed? This is a question that is raised with us on a regular basis.
1. What are we talking about? The majority of homes will have a manhole located within the building which provides access into the roof space or roof void. That is, the space between the roof cover and the ceilings. Without this manhole, access into the roof space can be extremely difficult with the only alternative being…Read more
1. What are we talking about? Building Inspectors, like Houspect WA, who undertake construction inspections are often criticised because our construction reports are largely focused on finding faults, defects or issues in the construction work undertaken by another builder. By their very nature, our construction reports are negative. Not much we can do about that. For…Read more
Major changes to the WA Builder Complaint process on Residential Constructions – Announcement by the WA Government
1. What are we talking about? Historically when a WA home owner wanted to make a complaint against a WA builder for construction defects, after submitting their Complaint form, they would often be required by Building and Energy (previously known as the “WA Building Commission”) to obtain an Independent Expert Report to support their complaint and demonstrate why…Read more
Tiled Roofs on WA Residential Homes – Do they last forever? What are the issues that Home Buyers and Sellers need to consider?
Tiled Roofs on WA Residential Homes – Do they last forever? What are the issues that Home Buyers and Sellers need to consider? 1. What are we talking about? Historically West Australians have had a love affair with double brick homes and tiled roofs. This is unique to WA and exists nowhere else in the world!…Read more
Residential Home Construction in WA – Contract Variations – Important Information for Builders and Property Owners
Variations to building contracts during construction are a common source of dispute between builders and property owners. The rules are simple! 1. What are we talking about? Construction contracts are incredibly detailed and attempt to cover a myriad of different situations and scenarios. Despite best efforts, occasionally changes will be required by either the home owner,…Read more
During a recent pre purchase building inspection in WA, a Houspect Building Inspector identified some bare wires immediately adjacent to the roof space manhole access point! Fortunately, Houspect WA operating requirements require that power to the property must be isolated at the metre box prior to the Building Inspector entering the roof space. These requirements are…Read more