A Simple Guide To Building and Pest Inspections

The Best Time For Building and Pest Inspections

Guide To Building and Pest Inspections

I recently spoke to a customer who wasn’t sure about the building inspection process and when they are required. I have put together this article to give people a better understanding about what they are and when they are necessary.
Australia’s legislation lays great emphasis on building and pest inspections before and during occupation. It is wise to have your building surveyed for pests and loopholes in its structure as an assurance of your safety.

For those who this is a new concept, here is some insight into what building and pest inspection is about;

The definition of a Building Inspection

I found some definitions of a building inspection as a report on the state of property at the time when it was conducted. Such inspections are important for all properties their age notwithstanding.

Inspection Stages

The first stage of inspection begins outside the property where the inspector starts by ensuring that fences and gates are sturdy. They ensures that there are no poisonous plants or large trees very close to the house. Extensions to the property will be checked to make sure they are approved by the authorities and inspectors will also seek to ensure that there are no evidence of pests around the yard.

Inside the building, a thorough sweep is done to investigate the following;

  • Mould, cracks or dampness in the walls.
  • Leaks or poor drainage will be high on the inspector’s radar.
  • They will test all electrical systems to see if they are all in perfect working conditions.
  • Inspectors are tasked with the duty of finding any rust on frames and ensure that doors are fully functional.
  • Noise levels will be measured and the phone lines inspected to ensure they are working.

Common Pests Found

Termites, Rats, and Ants are the most common culprits in the property sector. They eat away at wood and have the assistance of the elements in damaging the sturdiest structures. They are dangerous in that they can cause serious electrical faults, fire and major leaks that could be fatal if left that way.

When Is The Right Time?

When To Get A Building Inspection

With the knowledge of how experts go about inspection, the next question is when you need building and pest inspection on your property?
As mentioned earlier, this should be done on all properties whether vintage or brand new as pests, mould and technical faults can happen to a house at any time. You need to keep constant tabs on the wear and tear of your property to avoid losses. This is a must do in the real estate business and you cannot avoid it once in a while if you don’t want to deal with extensive damage when it is too late.

Advantages Of A Building Inspection

Here are some reasons why building and pest inspection is an advantage when buying;

 

  • You will become aware of risks upfront so you can avoid major structural issues that are costly to fix. If no major issues are found but there are a few minor problems, a property buyer will have a great edge during price negotiations.
  • The building and pest inspection report is not a guide as to whether you should keep the property or not but a way to tell if repairs are needed beforehand.

These reports can be hard to understand and to avoid confusion; investors should discuss the report once it is delivered. It is recommended that people use agents who are well versed in building and pest inspections. The expert will be able to explain anything you ask to ensure that you understand the state of your property. They will also advice on whether to do separate building and pest inspection or to have both done at once.

Some people feel that when done independently, there is little chance of error. Pests can cause rapid damage to a property and if yours is in an area where there are many, you will know which measures to undertake to keep them at bay.

Reports

Building Inspection Reports

Australia clearly outlines what should be put in a building and pest inspection report in a bid to streamline the process. This is because some property owners may use lenient service providers who leave out major issues which are most likely to result in serious damage. Inspection is a due diligence process that must be properly coordinated to ensure the safety of all people involved. You can have a combined building and pest inspection report annually as an inexpensive way to safeguard your property.

Hire a professional building inspector to do the job without bias and get a comprehensive report that is only beneficial to you.

I hope this helps you understand the building and pest inspection process and why it is important.

Thanks for reading!

Aardwolf Beer

Why Metal Roofing is The Best Choice For Homes

Benefits of metal roofing over other alternative solutions

Metal Roofing Benefits For Home Owners

 

As most seasoned homeowners would appreciate choosing the right kind of roofing solution for your home is most often than not an extremely daunting task. This can largely be attributed to the myriad of factors you need to take into consideration. Some of the most pertinent include durability, cost, aesthetic appeal, maintenance and repair costs and even your distinct preferences. Nevertheless, with some patience and fortitude you can still get the right solution for your needs. One of arguably the most ideal roofing solutions happens to be metal roofing. Which naturally comes with a plethora of advantages over most other alternatives such as tiles or even asphalt shingles. The following are some of the top reasons why metal roofing is the best for homes.

Lightweight Properties of Metal

To begin with metal roofing is widely acclaimed for its unmatched lightweight attributes. It is a firmly established fact that this kind of roofing solution is approximately ¼ lighter than tile roofing and of terracotta tiles. This naturally means that metal roofing can be very easily installed on virtually any kind of roofing structure. While also been able to be effortlessly installed on pre-existing roofs. This can naturally enable you to save a substantial amount of money that you would have ordinarily spent on installing roofs like tiles, which require major structural alterations to be properly installed. Additionally, due to this attribute, metal roofing has an uncommon ability of fitting into tight and complex angles, permitting you to achieve the exact symmetry you want.

Unmatched versatility

Another major benefit of opting for metal roofing is its versatility in colours, textures and even style. From the plethora of colours of steel roofing, to the natural textures of copper and aluminum, you can effortlessly pick the right solution for your distinct needs. Undoubtedly metal roofing happens to be the most versatile product in the market.

Unmatched energy efficiency

To make things even better, this roofing solution has excellent energy saving attributes when compared to most other alternatives. Metal roofing can easily deflect most of the sun’s direct glare due to its amazing reflection properties. Metal roofing can also be dabbed with appropriate coatings which can go a long way in enhancing these reflection attributes. This in essence means that your home’s interior will always be cool even at the height of summer. Which can also go along way in saving up to 30% -30% of the total cost of air conditioning your home.

Durability, fire-resistant and adverse weather resistant

As would be expected metal roofing is also noted for its unmatched durability, and you can be assured of not been necessitated to replace it for decades on end, which any effect on its functionality and even aesthetic value. Metal roofing is also fire-resistant and can also withstand the effects of adverse weather such as hailstorms or sudden wind changes. This is obviously a stark contrast with most other solutions that can be extensively damaged when exposed to such conditions.

Ease of maintenance

This roofing solution is also extremely easy to maintain and repair, and can enable you to effortlessly keep it in shipshape condition without having to break an arm or leg.

Environmentally friendly

Virtually all manufacturers of metal roofing usually integrate recycling into the life cycle of their products, particularly those that are crafted from steel. This ensures that this roofing solution is sustainable, and totally unlike other solutions that usually end up in landfills. Thus, buying metal roofing can enable to keep the environment cleaner and safer.

 

Who are the leading suppliers of metal roofing (steel) in Australia?

Should you be living in Australia and are on the lookout for the ideal metal roofing for your home’s distinct requirements, the following are some of the top suppliers of such solutions.

Colorbond steel

Colorbond Roofing

 

This is perhaps the most popular roofing solution in Australia, and comes in a wide variety of 22 contemporary colours from which you can pick the one that fits your requirements. Colorbond is also noted for its durability and aesthetically pleasing properties.

Zincalume steel

Zincalume Steel Roofing

 

This is another revolutionary roofing solution that is noted for its durability, resilience and even sustainability. It utilizes Activate technology which entails blending magnesium into zinc-aluminium alloy coating that provides galvanic protection. This product comes with an unprecedented 36 years warranty. Eysacht is also another excellent roofing material you can opt for.

Over the past few years I generally only opt for metal roof installations. If you are thinking of getting a new roof for your home I would strongly suggest researching more benefits of a metal solution.

Hope this article helps! Aardwolf Beer

DIY Roofing Repairs – How To Fix A Leaking Roof

Step By Step Guide To Roof Repairs

How To Fix A Leaking Roof

How To Fix A Leaking Roof

 

This tutorial in the services teaches you how to fix leaks in your roof. A leaking roof can be caused by many things, this lesson will teach you how to replace broken tiles which may be the cause of your leakage.

Terracotta clay tiles are the most common and popular roofing material in homes built in Australia. Tile roofs are designed in such a way that water is able to run off the roof, by running off the end of one tile onto the next tile and so on. However, as a result of a crack in one or more of the roof tiles, water seeps into the crack instead of running off onto the next bile below the cracked tile.

This is how leaks occur. Fortunately, whether a tiled roof is chipped or cracked, you can repair it yourself in some cases.

Tools You Will Need:

Roof Repair Tools You Need

 

 

  • Replacement Tiles
  • Caulk Gun
  • Copper Nails
  • Copper Strap
  • Hammer
  • Mortar
  • Pry Bar
  • Tile Roof Sealant
  • Trowel

Step 1:

Find Broken Tiles

 

First and foremost, it must be determined whether or not an entire tile or multiple tiles need to be replaced completely. If you are unsure of how to locate the problem you may need to contact a professional roofing contractor who specialises in roof repairs. If a tile has just a small chip or crack, then it will be likely that the tile can simply be mended instead of being replaced entirely. A small chip or crack can be fixed by using caulk gun with a tile roof sealant. A small layer of the sealer should be placed into the chip or crack and it should be allowed to flow slightly over the chip or crack. Upon hardening, the sealer will completely seal the chip or crack.

Unfortunately, repairing a small chip or crack by simply coating with a layer of sealant does not result in preventing the roof from leaking. At times, leaks in the roof can only be fixed if broken tiles are replaced because they cannot be repaired.

Step 2:

Pry Up Old Or Damaged Tiles

 

If a roof has a tile (or tiles) that is so broken or damaged that it needs to be replaced, then it will have to be removed first. The tile will have to be gently pried up using a pry bar in order to do this. If the tile is not lifting and rising, then a hammer can be used to break it and remove it easily. If the hammer option is used, it should be made sure that the tile is broken up gently so that the surrounding tiles do not get broken or disturbed.

Step 3:

Add New Tiles

 

Once the tile has been removed of the roof, then it is time to get the new tile ready to be replaced. If your tile roof is over 50 years old, then it is likely that none of the tiles are nailed to the roof in any way. Back then, nails were never used; instead, clay tiles were simply mortared. If the tiles are indeed mortared, the new tile will just have to be slid into place and then a concrete seal can be created by mortaring all around and underneath it.

If there are nails that were securing the tile in place, a hanger strap will have to be hung on the new tile to prep it to take the place of the previous tile. There should be an L-shaped bend in the strap. In that case, the bottom of the L will be hanging onto the tile while the bottom of the L will be hanging onto the roof’s hanger board just beneath the next tile above the one that is being repaired. Once the new tile has been slid into place, the bracket or hanger strap will not be visible.

Step 4:

Align Tiles

 

Finally, once the hanger strap has been set in place on the tile, it can be hung on the roof in the appropriate spot. The new tile does not match up with the other ones; it will have to be trimmed down a bit using a wet saw. The new tile should not be forced into place as the other tiles may get broken as a result.

Step 5:

Secure The New Tiles With Nails

 

A nail can be used to complete the replacement of the clay tile, which should be hammered into the hole in the tile that is above it. This way, the tile will be secured to the roof. For additional security from leaks, you can apply mortar to all edges of the tile so that a watertight seal is formed.

The Wrap Up

Once the repair has been completed, the roof should most likely not leak anymore. However, if the problem continues to persists, then I would recommend you call a professional roofing contractor to get the leak repaired correctly. Nonetheless, replacing or repairing a broken or damaged tile should fix a leak in the roof, as long as the above steps are followed, whether a tile can be repaired using a sealant, or needs to be replaced entirely.

I hope you enjoyed my latest DIY guide, any questions please let me know, Aardwolf.

Ten Steps To Install A Fence

How To Install Your Own Fence – My Tutorial

Ten Easy Steps To Build Your Own Fence

Fencing Installation Tutorial

Here I would like top teach you the steps you need to follow to build a chain wire fence. Using a basic wire fence is one of the greatest ways of creating boundaries while still keeping the space wide and open and being able to see all around you. Installing a basic wire fence may be quite costly if you get the services of a professional but just with little help it is something that you can install by yourself.

Below are some of the ten steps to help you install a basic wire fence.

Before commencing on the procedure;

  1. Inquire whether you require building and zooming permits.
  2. Find out if your fence will meet neighborhood deed restrictions.
  3. Establish the property lines.
  4. Locate your underground utilities.

In case your fence is being installed by someone, ensure they are covered by the workman’s compensations insurance.

Tools Your Will Need

Fencing Tools

 

Some of the tools to use include;

  1. Level
  2. Tape measure
  3. Wire cutters
  4. Pliers
  5. Post hole digger
  6. Sledge hammer
  7. Wheelbarrow, a shovel and a hoe
  8. Pipe cutter or hacksaw
  9. Mason line and stakes
  10. Crescent wrench
  11. Fence stretcher

 

Materials You Will Need

Required materials include;

  1. Top rails
  2. Line posts
  3. Fencing
  4. Cement
  5. Terminal posts
  6. Loop caps
  7. wire ties
  8. brace bands
  9. terminal post caps
  10. carriage bolts
  11. tension bands

Steps to help you in installing the basic wire fence;

 

1. survey the property lines

Ensure the fence does not exceed the property lines. Almost all fence installers recommend all the posts to be placed exactly 4’’ inside the property line. This helps to avoid encroaching on adjoining property with the concrete footings. This is done easily by stretching a tight string along the property line and setting the post 4’’ inside.

2. Locate and set the terminal posts

The terminal posts are usually the end, corner and gate posts. The distance between the gate posts is got by summing up the actual width of the gate with an allowance for the latches and hinges. The terminal posts are set 2’’ higher than the height of the fence fabric of and the line post 2’’ lower than the height of the fence fabric.

3. Dig the pole holes

Using a post-hole digger, dig the holes to a reasonable depth, a depth that keeps the pole straight and stable.

4. Set the terminal posts

The terminal posts are set in concrete using a concrete mix. You can apply one part cement, two parts sand and four parts gravel. Use a level to ensure the posts are straight and centered. Crown posts footings to enable the water drain away from the posts.

5. Locate and set line posts

After hardening of the terminal posts, stretch a string tightly between them. The string should be 4’’ below the top of the terminal posts. The line post should not be spaced more than ten feet apart. Dig the post holes and set the line posts and check with the level to ensure they are straight.

6. Apply fittings to the terminal posts

After installation of the posts and the concrete of the footings has dried and hardened, slip the brace bands and tension onto the terminal posts. Ensure the long flat surface of the tension bands are facing downwards then apply the terminal caps.

7. Apply the top rails

Attach the loop caps to the line posts and insert one length of the top rail pipe through the top closest to one of the terminal posts. Fix one end of the rail end onto one end of the top rail and by using a brace band attach it to the rail end.

8. Hang the chain link fabric

After unrolling it on the ground along the fence line, slide the tension bar through the last link. Lay it against the posts and fasten the tension bar to the terminal posts by use of tension bands. Loosely attach the fabric to the top rail with some wire ties.

9. Stretch the chain link fabric

By use of a fence stretcher fasten the chain link to the tension bar from one end to the other end of the terminal post. Tighten all the nuts on all the tension bands and brace.

10. Hanging gates

After the fence installation is completed, install the male hinges to one of the gate posts, hanging the upper hinge with the pin facing downwards and the lower hinge with the pin facing upwards. This prevents the gate from being lifted up.

Chain Wire Fence Installed

 

This is my guide for installing a basic chain wire fence. I have built many fences and realize that a few extra hurdles may arise along the way but follow this guide and you should have a strong fence that will last for many years.

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