Fire Cladding

So on the ABC News website on the 16th July 2019, the headlines read “Flammable Cladding to be stripped from buildings under Victorian Government Plan”. It was the words of the state political reporter Richard Willingham that echoed the announcement of the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews plan to announce the $600 million package to fund…

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Smart Investments

Those who know me, know I don’t mind a chat. Whiling away my time via the exchange of ideas is a joy. Best of all, it’s a move out of my professional comfort zone – a chance to expand the mind beyond ‘rates per square metre’ and legislative minutia. Economists, builders, buyer’s agents and investment…

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Insurance Calculators

In 2004, consumers responding to ASIC’s ACT bushfire survey, 2004, found that the level of under-insurance in Australia is high. Data collected found that in Australia: Between 27% and 81% of consumers were underinsured by 10% or more In 2005, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, issued a report titled “Getting Home Insurance Right”. Within…

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Natural Disasters

Australian Research In 2000, the Construction Data division of Reed Business Information Systems (Reed) surveyed 1000 randomly selected homeowners. They concluded that: 87% of homes were under-insured by any amount The average level of under-insurance was 34% In 2002, the Insurance Council of Australia conducted a survey of seven companies sharing 80% of the home…

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Quantity Surveying

In a recent review for a client on their building insurance, our client witnessed first hand how easy it is to be under insured. In this instance, our client owned a 2,850 m2 industrial building in the north-west of Melbourne VIC. It was constructed of precast concrete walls to a height of 1800mm high to…

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Swimming Pool Deductions

Swimming pools and depreciation – What sort of tax deductions will a swimming pool give you? It’s not unheard of for an investment property to have a swimming pool, certainly a shared one as part of the common areas of a larger unit development is very common. However, residential houses with swimming pools aren’t terribly…

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Building Defects

In a recent research paper pertaining to the examination of building defects in residential multi owned properties, there has been some great findings. These findings were authored by Nicole Johnston (Deakin University) and with Sacha Reid (Griffith University). In summary, two studies have been undertaken to identify the most common building defects in residential multi-owned…

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Expert Witness

In a recent expert witness case that I was asked to provide my opinion of costs on, the result has now been published. Background The background to both applications is best described as: The Owners’ sought damages from the Builder in respect of: o (Item 1) Defective and/or incomplete works (the Defects Claim); o (Item…

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Depreciation & Deductions

Like any good analytical thinker, I love to hypothesise. Some think it’s a character flaw, whereas I – and those of my quantity surveying ilk – enjoy nothing more than ingesting data, extrapolating the assumptions and producing a conclusion. I was thinking about the recent federal election and the discussions put forward pre-poll day about…

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