1. Inspection During Construction

    Building Inspection Reports

    Inspection During Construction

    The common procedure in the building industry is for the owners to engage a building contractor to build for them for a price; licenced contractor is responsible at the end of the day to supply a building that complies with the relevant standards and quality, in most cases this does not happen!  

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  2. Defects Reports

    Building Defects Report

    Defects Reports

    A condition report of buildings adjacent to a construction site prior to the commencement of construction, often a Council condition of approval. Usually done as a photographic record of the structure. Councils, require suitably qualified people, and may not accept a building consultant.  

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  3. Expert Witness Reports

    Expert Witness Report

    Expert Witness Reports

    Defects or incomplete expert report completed in a method evidence and preparing reports that may at some stage be used as evidence for litigation purposes in any jurisdiction.  

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  4. Dilapidation Reports

    Dilapidation Report

    Dilapidation Reports

    The common procedure in the building industry is for the owners to engage a building contractor to build for them for a price; licenced contractor is responsible at the end of the day to supply a building that complies with the relevant standards and quality, in most cases this does not happen!  

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Owner Builders not Excempted

It everybody right to be able to build or renovate your own home, but don’t think because you do you are exempt from the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Home Building Act,  rules, regulations and laws.  The owner Builders (with a Owners Builders Permit) is the Builder and has the responsibility as would a Full Licenced Building Contractor, wit a slight variations in that the Owner Builder can obtain Home Owners Warranty from contractors who carry out work for them that is over $ 20,000.If the Owner Builder sells within the 7 years from the completion of the work, which in itself is a trap, they must obtain Home Owners Warranty for the remaining period, this will require an inspection to be carried out for the insurance.  This insurance costs money! but that is not where it ends, once selling the property within the statutory period the Owner Builder is still responsible for any defective work that may be present, that is the new owner can make the previous owner fix these problems at their cost, insurance can’t be relied on as it is a last resort insurance and only claimable if the Owner Builder is Broke, Dead or Left the Country.

We have the been involved with a number of these cases, considerable costs have been involved and claimed plus costs to the previous owner to rectify these defective works.  Once the previous owner builder sells the property then he no longer has a licence to carry out any work, therefore it mean a licenced contractor must carry out the defective works.

There are precautions and sensible ways of going through this process but it is very important it if not left to the time when the new owner is knocking on the door.

Providing building inspections services to Sydney, the southern highlands, and south coast.

About Us
Worthingtons Building Consultancy principal Stephen Worthington has been carrying out building inspections and reports since 1994...read more