Show me the permit!

Before signing on the dotted line buyers should make sure the property owner has obtained all the required building permits for works that have been completed. The new owner becomes responsible for any illegal works, this could mean costly rectification. If the vendor has undertaken works on the property as an owner builder that were…

Market snapshot – August 2021

After several years of subdued activity the Melbourne property market has experienced price increases this year. The upward movement in price became evident last February as auctions began. It was inevitable that prices would rise as historically the Melbourne property market rarely remains stagnant for more than two years.  Early auction results in 2020 indicated…

Top ten home maintenance tips

All homes have areas that require maintenance due to normal wear and tear. Even brand new homes have minor defects on completion. Obtaining a pre-purchase building report will identify these maintenance items and defects.If identified early these types of works are not expensive to rectify.  The following are my top ten common maintenance issues found…