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Home Living : June 21st 2011
4 HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 HOMELIVING Steer clear of illegal quagmire It's important to have building work undertaken by certified tradesmen. MANY homebuyers have no knowledge of their legal liabilities or financial implications and easily get caught in illegal building trap, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects warns. According to Archicentre statistics, 29 per cent of houses inspected by its architects have some form of illegal building. Archicentre State Manager ACT & NSW Ian Agnew said in extreme cases, home buyers could be forced to pull down or rectify illegal structures and become legally liable for injuries caused to visitors or tradespeople. ''Most dangerous situations are where people have undertaken illegal wiring, plumbing, structural changes or the construction of balconies and decks on the property,'' he said. Mr Agnew said the harsh reality of the impact of illegal building was realised when people wanted to sell their homes and found that buyers requested appropriate paperwork including building permits, and documentation from licensed plumbers and electricians certifying work carried out. Details: www.archicentre.com.au Signs to be wary about COMMON illegal building signs uncovered by Archicentre architects during pre-purchase home inspections include: REMOVAL of interior load bearing walls during renovations causing sagging roofs and ceilings; ILLEGAL plumbing connections and drainage causing damp and health hazards under floors; ILLEGAL wiring where the home owner has added additional power points, extra wiring or light fittings, increasing risk of house fires; ADDITION of rooms in roof spaces without permits or appropriate support structures; DAMP and dank areas through lack of ventilation; TACKED on additions which don't look part of the original home; and ELEVATED timber decks and balconies which shake when walked upon. BUILT IN WARDROBES 9725 2266 www.kingwardrobe.com.au f. 9725 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 4/94 Hassall St, Wetherill Park GUARANTEED TO BEAT ANY PRICE Life time guarantee. Call now for a FREE measure & quote. We service all areas Eftpos available 2082781i 3/5 from $389 CUSTOM BUILT WARDROBES • Mirrored • Sliding • Coloured Internals • Frosted and White Glass Doors • Wide Variety of Frame Colours • Hinged • Timber Life Time GUARANTEE We Will Beat Any Written Quote. conditions apply 9620 5108 FREE QUOTES TO ALL AREAS YOUR LOCAL WARDROBE SPECIALIST 0002445 21/6 APOLLO® PATIOS Patios Pergolas Carports Decks Screened & Glass Enclosures 4647 8850 www.apollopatio.com.au Construction by Apollo Additions 166046c * conditions apply * WWW.HALFPRICESHUTTERS.COM.AU REMOTE CONTROLLED ROLLER SHUTTERS CALL NOW 136121 *Available to approved customers only. Terms, conditions, fees & charges apply. Interest and payments after the interest free and deferred period. Finance provided by Once Credit Pty Limited CAN 112 319 632 t/a MyBuy NOTHING TO PAY TILL 2012* www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2128218i 12/4 built-in WARDROBES & KITCHENS N Free Measure & Quote N Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes & renovation of existing wardrobes N Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames N Hinged or sliding Federation Doors N Kitchen Design & installation • Excellence in Daylighting Product • Australia's Best Value Skylights • Exclusive Solar lens dome • Energy Star Rated • Leak Proof Buy One Get One FREE* 2128123i 7/6 Showroom 4/7 Enterprise Circuit, Prestons NSW Call 9607 2440 www.solarbright.com.au Daylight For Dark Spaces 15 Year Warranty Get FREE LIGHT from the sun * Buy "DL" range get budget free. Installation not included Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email email@example.com www.betaview.com.au 2176010i 1/3 BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND SAVE $$$ METAL RO PRODUCTS PTY LTD We service the whole Sydney Metropolitan Area Ph 9675 5622 www.zammitroofing.com.au We supply • Carports & awning •Metal roofing • Guttering • Flashings & all roofing accessorie AMMIT 2199658i hls w35 NO OBLIGATION FREE MEASURE & QUOTE
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