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Home Living : July 12th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5 HOMELIVING Call to iron out the bugs Calls have been made for the introduction of a national registration standard for all housing inspection services. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, says this is a result of complaints it gets about poor building inspections. Archicentre chief executive Mark Stewart said there was no specific registration or qualification requirement for people to give advice on property inspections in states and territories outside Queensland. He said when people had trouble with a poor building inspection and called Archicentre to do one, they were invariably shocked to learn that literally anyone can do a building inspection with no need for any qualification, experience, insurance or building-fault knowledge. ''In Queensland, it is unlawful for people to operate in the pre-purchase housing inspection area without the inspector holding a Building Services Authority licence or unless they are an architect, engineer or surveyor,'' Mr Stewart said. ''Everywhere else in Australia absolutely anyone can set up shop and start advising people on the largest purchase in many people's lives. ''The lack of current effective legislation to protect home buyers against unqualified property inspectors reinforces that well-known advice of 'buyer beware','' Mr Stewart said. Details: www.archicentre.com.au What to ask before hiring an inspector Are you a registered engineer, architect or surveyor? Is your inspection conducted to the Australian Standard? Do you carry at least a $10 million Professional Indemnity Insurance policy? How many years experience do you have? Ask for a sample report and read the fine print, especially what is covered and not. Find out how long the property inspection service has been in business and its operating address. Never rely on a business with only a mobile phone number for contact. Make sure your inspector is independent and does not also undertake repair work. You may end up with recommendations for work you do not need. NEW SHOWROOM NOW OPEN opposite Greengate Hotel Killara Phone 9880 2885 Display 684 Pacific Hwy, Killara 2071 | www.totalbathrooms.com.au 2272289k wk36 Combinations Instant back relief its all about Quality & Comfort Showroom & Warehouse 1 Vuko Place, Warriewood Home Hub Centre - Castle Hill Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Phone: 9913 1133 www.niceinteriors.com.au Phone 9634 8855 NEW 2061931 21/6 FROM ONLY $1299 Nordic Chair + Stool UP TO 40% OFF SELECTED ITEMS QUALITY LOUNGES FABRIC OR LEATHER Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2247034i 12/4 TEMPO INTERIORS -ILITARY 2D -/3-!. WWW TEMPOINTERIORS COM AU 2058904 21/6 #URTAINS "LINDS &URNITURE !CCESSORIES &ABRICS 5PHOLSTERY Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c
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