Building inspectors break secrets. It’s their job to do so and we wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re in one very real sense property detectives.
It’s fraudulent for a vendor to knowingly conceal defects according to the law. This incl... Read more
The D-Word: Time To Talk Depreciation
Sad fact: Many Australian rental property owners are failing to correctly calculate depreciation.
“I have often seen clients who have owned investment properties for five, six or seven years and have never claimed any form of depreciation becaus... Read more
Go With Licensed Pre-Property Inspectors
What makes a good pre-property inspector? Sourceable’s Howard Ryan writes: ‘To do the job properly, a qualified building inspector will have extensive knowledge of the Building Code of Australia, the Building Act, the Building Regulations and var... Read more
House Inspections Take Time
Okay, random question: How long would you spend inspecting a house before buying it?
In Australia, more than half of homeowners (58%) spend less than an hour inspecting before the big buy, according to research put out by ME bank. Thus, it’s not... Read more
What's involved in a home inspection?
Most of the time we never get to meet our clients face to face and only a small handful are ever able to come along to the home inspections we organise.
So there is often a bit of mystery around what exactly we do during a home inspection.
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What is franchising?
Franchising is the practice of using another business’s successful business model. By replicating a successful model, the new business owner or franchisee has a greater level of incentive than an employee, they directly benefit from the effort they... Read more
Save $1000s With a Depreciation Schedule
Investment properties are a great way to secure your financial future. As an informed investor you’ll want to take advantage of all of the tax benefits that are available to residential property investors. Who wants to pay more tax than they need t... Read more
Fact - Termites Hate Good Building Inspectors
A good building inspector knows how to find termite issues. A bad building inspector, by way of contrast, is a termite’s best friend.
When Joe Blow (not his real name) bought a two-bedroom 1920s terrace in Sydney’s inner west for around $1 mil... Read more
The Dirt On Property Depreciation
What’s depreciation? In a nutshell, it’s an allowance under tax laws in Australia for investors. It means they can claim deductions for expenditures in their property investments.
Why depreciation? Even extremely well-built houses aren’t imm... Read more
Asbestos-Caused Cancer Trends Up
Asbestos-caused cancers are trending up, according to recent data from 2017.
The grim facts from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
710 Australians were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016 – a cancer caused by exposure to asbesto... Read more