So your builder has just made a claim for a Progress Payment . . . . . but you are not happy with the workmanship, or don’t agree that the Construction Stage is finished.
What can you do?
A lot of people would say “Don’t make the payment!” but it’s not quite as simple [read more…]
There has been a lot of talk in the Melbourne papers recently about ‘Slab Heave’ when Building on Clay so I thought I would explain how to minimise the risk during construction.
A key issue when building on clay is to avoid any extra moisture getting into the clay under the slab. causing the clay [read more…]
This is the time when all plasterboard lining (or internal cladding) architraves, skirtings, doors, built in shelves, baths, basins, troughs, sinks, cabinets and cupboards of a home are fitted and fixed in position.
The waterproofing of all wet areas will also have been completed.
The house will still require painting and things like cabinet [read more…]
Well I do my own inspections, so for my houses they have been at least once week. . . . . but if you are paying $4-500 an inspection for a professional you might want to consider the options below!
Just remember the fewer professional inspections the more you should take an active interest yourself.
Plasterboard can cover a lot of defects . . . . . . . so if worth checking on things before it goes up.
Typically the timing of this inspection will be after the ‘Lock Up Stage‘ but before the completion of the ‘Fixing Stage‘.
Due to cost lots of people don’t use a [read more…]
For readers unfamiliar with the building process I thought I would provide some information on the various construction activities that will be carried out in the full schedule.
This schedule has been generally be based on the typical single storey brick veneer house, on slab, which I am most familiar with.(Every builder will have slightly [read more…]