What to Do if Problems are Found During Pre-purchase Inspections

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You’ll never know how important building and pest inspections are unless you have made the terrible mistake of buying a property without it. Inspection reports can reveal any problems a property may have that cannot be seen in plain sight. Read more

The Importance Of Building Codes And Regulations In Building Construction

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Building a new house or adding a new area to an existing residential structure does not only involve a well-designed plan or the sufficient budget in order for the building work to be carried out. It also requires that the plan and the structure meet the standards in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. Read more

The Advantages of Pre-Sale Inspection

Typically, home inspections are considered to be one of the top priorities for home buyers. Understandably so as pre-purchase home inspections would give them a great deal of information about the property that they will be purchasing, hence the value of the said process. Read more

What Are the Factors for Choosing Building Materials?

When planning out a construction of a new property, aesthetics is usually the main consideration for the project. After all, when you are building your dream home or another property for commercial purposes, don’t you want it to look its finest?

The choice of materials is an important aspect in making sure that the construction turns out as you want it to be and that your property will have the appearance that you have intended it to. When it comes to choosing the materials to use though, there are already several considerations that you need to keep in mind:

Durability

As your new property is being constructed, you would definitely want for it to be able to stand for several years and decades, and the durability of the materials being used has a significant part in making this happen. While most people have a general idea about the durability of building materials, research may sometimes be helpful if you want to compare various materials.

We also advise our clients at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections that they have their properties regularly checked, even during construction, to make sure that the materials used are of a high quality and that the work done meets the standards of the Building Code.

Availability

Not all types of building materials are readily available. Depending on the project, some may need to be transported from another state or even another country. If most of the construction materials that you need for your project are not widely available or take longer to arrive at the site, then you can be wasting not just time but also money.

Price

Price is perhaps one of the first considerations of property owners, and for good reason. The price of your materials should be within your budget, otherwise, it could cause delays in construction and the completion of the entire project.

The Property’s Location Should Also be a Factor

Many times, the location of the property is disregarded when it comes to choosing the building materials to be used for construction. But it should be one of the foremost considerations because the location alone and its environmental conditions can affect the durability of the materials and even the structure’s design.

For instance, your property could be situated in a mountainous or wooded area. You would probably avoid using too much timber as it can invite pests, making your home more vulnerable to damage. If you live near the beach, your materials will also slightly differ from if your property was built in the middle of the city.

In addition, our team at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections also encourage builders and property owners to check with their local council and state on policies regarding the use of specific building materials and any potential health or safety hazards.

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Tips For A Child-Friendly Property

Your home is the place for keeping the entire family comfortable and protected. Especially for the little ones, it is where they spend most of their time – playing in the living room, running around the backyard, helping mum in the kitchen. This makes it very important that your house is always clean and well-maintained. Ignoring damages and leaving the place too cluttered and untidy can be hazardous to both your child’s health and safety.

As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that necessary steps are taken so that children get to enjoy a clean surrounding and a safe environment both for play and rest. Here are some of the tips that we share with our clients at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections about keeping homes safe for the little ones:

Avoiding Falls

Children are energetic individuals and it is most likely that they will be constantly on the move, even jumping and running around the house. For this reason, always pay attention to the surfaces around your home; make sure that there aren’t chipped tiles or damaged floorboards that may cause injury.

Windows should be properly locked, especially windows in the upper floors. Window screens can be used to prevent access, and latches can be installed to prevent the windows from being opened completely. Furniture, pots and other objects should be kept away from windows to avoid children from using them to climb up the windows.

Electrical Safety

Electrical wires and cords must be properly secured to avoid children from tripping or playing with them. Any worn cords should be replaced and damaged electrical wires should be repaired.

A socket must not be easily accessible to children as it can cause electrocution if they accidentally play with it and insert their finger or other objects into the socket.

Safety in the Bathroom

Take care that children don’t play or run inside the bathroom, especially when the floor is slippery as this can cause accidents. If you are cleaning the bathroom and using chemicals, make sure your child is unable to enter the area without your supervision. Installation of safety taps that children can’t turn on is ideal, otherwise, hot and cold taps should be labelled accordingly.

Exposure to Pests and Allergens

If your child has allergies, be careful with the allergens that can be found in your surroundings. For seasonal allergies, close your windows and prevent children from going outside where they may have increased exposure to pollen.

Have your home inspected and treated for pest infestations, such as bird mites, cockroaches, termites and cockroaches that could cause illnesses and compromise the health of your children and the entire family.

Other Precautions

  • Do not leave chemical products lying around. Any substances and items that can cause health hazards should be kept secured and out of reach.
  • Smoke detectors must be installed for general safety purposes.
  • If you have a pool inside your property, be sure that you are strictly complying with the safety laws regarding the construction and ownership of a pool.

You can also have our team from Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections assist you with pool inspections and other building regulations that need to be followed to ensure the safety of your children.

Diy Conveyancing: What Can Go Wrong

The process of conveyancing or transferring the legal title of a property from the seller to the buyer requires a great deal of work and time. In fact, despite the existence of DIY conveyancing kits, we would advise our clients at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections to avoid doing their own conveyancing work and instead seek assistance from a qualified conveyancer or solicitor. Read more

Information Covered In A Complete Dilapidation Report

When construction work that is being carried out requires the use of heavy equipment and machinery, there is a possibility that it will affect or cause structural damages to nearby properties. When this happens, owners of neighbouring properties can claim for damages caused by the demolition or construction work. Read more

Why a Plumbing Inspection is Necessary Before Purchasing a Home

For every investor and home buyer, it is important that you get the most out of the property you are purchasing. Most buyers will be looking at the size of the property, the number of bedrooms, the type of areas inside the dwelling and the overall design of the structure. However, choosing the right property for you is beyond just aesthetics. Read more

Why Renovation Without a Building Inspection Is Not a Good Idea

If you are a property owner, it’s always exciting to come up with new ideas for redesigning and adding new spaces to your home. There’s just something so thrilling about scribbling down and drafting a plan for a new kitchen setup, an extension for your living room, a patio in your garden, or even an additional storey to your home. Read more

Building Inspections During Property Construction and Renovation

Building inspections are known to be most useful for property sellers and investors who want to get the best value for a property before they close a deal. In addition, homeowners also opt for regular property inspections from Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections to help them identify any unnoticeable structural problems that may need to be addressed immediately and to ensure that their property is at its best condition. Read more