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Black Mould: What it is, Where it’s Found and How to Treat it

Mould is organic matter that grows according to availability of food, moisture and oxygen. Mould often appears on old food, leather and building materials that are hygroscopic. Mould doesn’t require light to grow, but will appear when organic or porous materials are left in oxygenated, moist and humid environments for too long. There are over 100,000 different subspecies of

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5 Common Construction Defects to Look Out For

With more than 40 years hands on building experience, SBDIR have the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to identify all types of construction defects. These can occur within both commercial and residential properties, and they are structural faults which significantly dampen your enjoyment and/or utility of your property.  Defects can occur due to poor workmanship throughout the build, but

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The Building Dispute Resolution Process – Experience Matters

When it comes to choosing a building consultant to assist in resolving disputes, you should never base your decision solely on price. It takes years of dedication and experience to be able to assist with complex disputes, and in such cases you need assurance that your needs will be looked after. As an expert witness and senior consultant, I

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Modern Apartment Defect Controversy – Why Building Inspections are Crucial

 To help cater to the needs of a growing population, apartment building across Australia is at an all-time high. There have been more than 667,000 apartments built over the past 18 years.  You’re no doubt well aware by now of the serious structural issues found within Sydney’s Opal Tower and Mascot Towers, but you may not be aware that

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DIY Home Inspections – Some Helpful Tips

Whether you’ve just bought a home or have lived there for some time, it’s important to carry out an inspection at least once a year. Whilst we would always recommend engaging a professional, you can still conduct some basic checks yourself to avoid issues getting out of hand resulting in costly repairs. Whilst a DIY inspection can never be

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QLD Vs NSW Builders Licencing and Tertiary Requirements

Every builder looking to get licenced must undergo a rigorous qualification process, but requirements can differ from state to state. Concern over the structural integrity of high-rise developments in NSW has brought to light the differing qualifications and standards between the NSW and QLD building industry. In this blog post, SBDIR will fill you in on the QLD and

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The Value of Termite and Vermin Inspections and Damage Reports

Termites and vermin can appear within the structure of your house or building without warning. All too often the damage goes unobserved, until eventually problems start to present in the form of serious leaks, dry rot, drainage issues and roofing problems to name a few. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, and by engaging SBDIR you

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Dilapidation Reports – Why They are Essential

It is not uncommon for defects to occur in property or land adjoining a construction site. Smart developers will always have a dilapidation survey carried out prior to commencing construction, as this will provide a clearer picture of the condition of the premises nearby to the construction site. Not only is this a precautionary measure, it could also save

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Building or Renovating? Common Defects to Watch Out For

Building a first home, renovating an existing property or making a start on an investment property is an exciting time, but the experience can quickly turn sour if you uncover serious and costly issues upon project completion once the builders have packed up and left. Renovating can add serious value to your property, but if care isn’t taken throughout

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Building Regulations and Insurance – NSW Home Building Act

On the 15th January 2015, some changes were made to the NSW Home Building Act. The most significant changes were regarding warranties provided by home builders. It is important that anyone building a home is aware of the changes as you may otherwise be left open to excessive and unwarranted charges for rectification works. Read on to learn everything

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