How Getting The Right Building Inspector Can Make a BIG Difference

When searching for a new home with a budget of about $3 million, acupuncturist Houng Lau turned down the chance of buying existing pest and building reports offered to her by real estate agents on two properties.

Changes To QLD’s Fire Alarm Legislation

Action by the Queensland State Government requires significant changes to fire alarm legislation. New laws that will make photoelectric smoke alarms mandatory for all Queensland homes are intended to improve safety, according to a statement from the Government. The changes take effect on Jan. 1 2017 and they apply to all new dwellings and substantially […]

How Much Does A Building Inspection Cost?

A pre-purchase building inspection conducted by a qualified inspector can provide home buyers with a number of invaluable insights. For example, it will: Unearth potentially expensive or dangerous building defects Evaluate the building’s ability to cope with local environmental issues Provide peace of mind that the property purchase is a sound investment Determine whether there […]

Report: Apartment Building Defects Greatest Concern For Owners

A recent study that was performed by Queensland’s Griffith University has concluded that building defects are the primary challenge of unit owners. Professor Christopher Guilding’s national survey of both owners and renters of apartments found that building defects, whether from poor construction or building quality, are the number one concern. For strata lawyers, it’s also […]

What Is Chemical Delignification?

Theses roof space photos were taken by our Sydney South inspector Cam Bradshaw ( So what is this? This is the result of chemical delignification – the deterioration of the lignin (the glue that holds the timber together) within the timbers – mainly associated with Oregon or Douglas Fir timbers. In the past this type of […]

Quick Guide: How to Buy a Home in a Competitive Market

Some homes are selling above list price before anyone realises they’re for sale. So how can you purchase that dream home without being frustrated by the highly competitive market? Here are a few tips for both buyers and agents to keep in mind while trying to keep up with the current fast paced real estate […]

How Low Will Interest Rates Go?

Following this month’s meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates at the record low level of 1.75 percent. Last month, the RBA decided to slash the cash rate by 25 basis points. Now, the reserve wants to give the Australian economy more time to absorb the rate cut. According to CoreLogic […]

Your Guide to Good Home Maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance and preventing building defects, a little maintenance can prevent a host of major issues that may crop up later on down the road. Discover some of the most serious home maintenance issues that a homeowner may encounter, and you’ll be able to prevent or mitigate several troublesome issues. A […]

Hear Live Coptotermes Clicking Through This Timber!

In this video here, Chris again shows us some termite damage. This time we can hear live Coptotermes (the sound is their mandibles clicking together). Luckily for this homeowner, the damage is isolated to the architrave along the top and a bit down the side. The termites have entered this house through the sub floor […]

Extensive Termite Damage To This Home

In this video, Chris Jacobson from BPI Sunshine Coast Central & South shows us the extent that termite damage can do to a home. In this example, the primary cause of the termites getting into the home was the lack of maintenance of the termite barrier and a water leak at the air conditioning system. […]