If you go down to the woods today…

JD recently received an email from a customer who was not happy that there had been a “massive cost blowout” on their project.  While the cost of the project was now larger than originally anticipated, this was because there had actually been a “massive scope of works blowout”.  That is, as the job had gone one, they’d asked for more work to be done.

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How to deal with building defects

Yippee! Your renovation or building project is finished and you are ready to start enjoying your new bi-fold doors/bathroom/open-plan kitchen and family room/insert dream project here! Hopefully everything went well and you and the builder are still on good terms (we enjoyed an Australia Day party at a customer-turned-friend’s place this year).


Time for some #realtalk. Building doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes, once the job’s finished there are some defects that need to be rectified. Yeah, that’s a bummer but hey, life isn’t all unicorn meat with sparkle gravy so let’s talk about the best way to deal with building defects and how to get them fixed.

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What does a building inspector really uncover?

A couple of months ago, my sister bought a new house. It had just been built and she was super-excited about moving in with her two sons. It had plenty of room, a couple of outdoor areas and even a lock-up garage (a rarity in inner Sydney). Being a sensible person, she engaged a building inspector to give the place the once over before she handed over a large wodge of cash (#sydneyrealestate!). He identified a couple of visible defects (a bit of painting that had been missed, a power outlet missing) but basically signed off on it.