Termite and pest infestations are becoming an increasing problem for Australian home owners. According to the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) the average cost of termite treatment and damage repair was approximately $10,000 per property in 2012. The average cost to the housing industry the same year amounted to $3.9 billion.
Australians adore their DIY, but experts are warning not to risk playing ‘renovation roulette’ with asbestos.
If you have recently purchased a new home and are looking to carry out renovations big or small you need to be aware that your property may contain asbestos.
We are all well aware of the initial costs of buying a home…At least, we think we are. Often it’s where the money is spent that comes as a shock to first – home buyers.
It’s not over once the deposit has been saved and the winning offer made. Below are the five areas identified by experts where hidden costs are likely to exist.
The Sunshine Coast is indisputably one of Australia’s great regions to live and play in. Just an hour and a half from bustling Brisbane, with beautiful stretches of coastline and a short 20-minute drive to the hinterland, it’s more than just a holiday destination; it’s a lifestyle. Continue reading “The Sunshine Coast Property Market”
QLD First homebuyers rush to secure $20,000 grant by June 30
First home buyers are racing around the clock to secure the $20,000 Queensland first home owners grant before it is cut by $5000 on June 30. Statewide there have been 4100 grants approved, totalling a whopping $82.5 million. Continue reading “First homebuyers grant deadline approaching”
Our building reports comment on maintenance issues and recommendations.
Far too often our inspectors will identify this maintenance requirement when conducting inspections. Gutter cleaning is an integral part of maintaining a home. Continue reading “The Importance of Gutter Maintenance”
RBA keeps rates on hold, but will the banks?
The Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Continue reading “Official cash rate on hold”
What is a ‘DEAL BREAKER’?
The aim of a pre-purchase inspection is to give a prospective buyer an unbiased, true and accurate assessment of the property so you are equipped to make an informed decision when purchasing. Continue reading “Is Your Inspection Report A ‘Deal Breaker’?”
How to spot a property lemon
While we always recommend having a Building & Pest Inspection carried out by an independent and reputable inspector it is always good Continue reading “How to identify structural damage and pest problems when buying property”
Follow this DIY pre-sale property checklist on how to prepare your home before getting a building inspection.