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Build your New Home with the Best Builders

Build your New Home with the Best Builders

Build your New Home with the Best Builders

New Home Construction in Perth

The Perth New Home building boom has pulled many builders out of the woodwork. When the New Home building stimulus grant package was announced back in 2020, the Building Commission experienced a massive influx of building practitioners applying for their building contractor registration. Some of these builders have not built for a while and may not have connections with quality trades and secure access to materials.

This New Home building boom has only just begun and we’re already seeing construction delays due to tradesmen and material availability.

Anyone building a new home wants it to be built to their expectations, within a reasonable timeframe and without any issues down the track.

 

A good build starts with a good Builder

From our experience, it is highly recommended in these extremely busy times to choose a builder that has substance and is well established.

Being a member of an industry association like the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Master Builders Association (MBA) are good starting points.

A builder that has won industry awards demonstrates they are serious about build quality and customer service. I would recommend you read some of the builder’s reviews/testimonials or wherever possible, speak to some of their past clients. Ask to see some of the work so you can check out the quality of the homes they have built.

The best builders take workmanship seriously and insist their supervisors are Registered Builders. We strongly recommend you choose a builder who employs supervisors that are registered builders.

Choose a builder that does not obstruct you from checking the quality at various stages. You should choose a builder that has nothing to hide and welcomes inspections at various stages throughout the build.

Check out the HIA WA Award Winners and the MBA Housing Excellence Award Winners (Metro) and MBA Building Excellence Award (South West).

If you need a hand and want to be proactive about the quality build of your home, book your first inspection or call us on 08 8375 8130 to talk through the stages of your build with Home Integrity being your partner through this process.

Don’t become a Building Boom Statistic

Don’t become a Building Boom Statistic

Perth Building Boom Statistics

This Perth building boom has only just begun, and we are already seeing problems. Recently we completed a new home inspection where the wrong internal door frames were installed to the whole house – yep! Every single door!

We also inspected a home where some room sizes were built incorrect, and we are already seeing new home construction delays due to trade and material availability. There is currently a shortage of white melamine in WA, which is delaying the installation of kitchen cabinets in many new homes.

In our experience, a building boom is terrible timing for anyone building a home. It’s much better to build when the builders have access to their best trades and a steady flow of materials. However, I can appreciate for some people there has never been a better time to build. This government stimulus has made it more affordable than ever for people to build their dream home in Perth.

Unfortunately, we are already seeing corners being cut. Probably one of the more alarming issues we have seen recently was a concrete ground slab that was poured where the builder did not compact the foundation material. This is a vital step before your slab is poured! Without this, major problems down the track like subsidence and structural cracking can take place.

People expect their new home to be built to their expectations within a reasonable timeframe and without issues down the track. For this to happen in the current building boom you will need to monitor, check and manage all aspects of your build very closely. We understand that on top of work commitments, children/family life, social life and now a house build, being onsite during important stages of your build might not be possible.

So if you’re not up to doing these checks yourself and want some expert help and guidance, you should consider having the team of inspectors at Home Integrity monitor and check all aspects on your behalf, so you don’t have to.

Where there are issues Home Integrity can speak to your builder in a language they understand. This will minimise any potential conflict between you and your builder. It’s nice to have an expert in your corner to help you along the way.

We had a number of building inspections done throughout our build with Home Integrity, and we couldn’t recommend it more. Being new to the building process and finding it difficult to navigate, we found it stressful until we brought Home Integrity on board, and we were able to relax knowing that we would have qualified builders ensuring that things were done properly at the most important stages. Communication was excellent, the inspector was flexible in working around schedules and the reports were extremely thorough and helpful. You will thank yourself later – highly recommend. Megan from North Beach

We recommend inspections at all key building milestone stages and in this process, we can be your advocate. Throughout the complete inspections at the key milestone stages, we check hundreds of items often taking over 20 hours to complete all inspections.

We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate this once in a 40-year building boom. If you are ready to take action and be proactive about the quality of your build, book your first inspection or call us on 08 8375 8130 to talk through the stages of your build with Home Integrity being your partner through this process.

4 Reasons to Inspect Your New Home Whilst Under Construction

4 Reasons to Inspect Your New Home Whilst Under Construction

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

 

When building a new home in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury or the Greater Southwest Region of Western Australia, there are opportunities to assess the quality of workmanship and construction while the home is under construction.

You may be patiently waiting for the final handover inspection to assess quality, however, this is often too late to conduct thorough checks.

Construction and workmanship issues can become obscured by tiling, roofing, plastering and floor treatments.

The issues these finishings may be hiding can potentially not surface for years to come.

Finding issues years down the track is a stressful experience for homeowners. Some Builder’s can be difficult to negotiate with, despite a legal requirement that they rectify faulty and defective work for up to 6 years after Practical Completion (Builder’s Warranty1).

The problem is that not all issues are clear cut.  Ambiguous issues may require hearing at the Building Commission of Western Australia, which will assess the issue and make a ruling on who should fix it.

Even if there is a decision in the Home Owner’s favour, they may be disrupted while rectification works are completed, particularly if they need to move out of the home during this period.

The truth is that getting construction and workmanship right the first time is the more effective (and less stressful) path.

This blog identifies the reasons why homeowners should take action proactively, while their home is under construction.

 

Four Reasons To Inspect While Under Construction

 

It’s harder to rectify issues once trades finish the job

At Handover (or Practical Completion), trades have already left the site and moved on to new jobs, potentially for different Builders.

My team regularly identifies issues at Practical Completion Inspections. So if you’re already nearing completion then I highly recommend you book one in. However, Staged Building Inspections are preferable as they offer an opportunity to identify issues early while they can be more readily fixed by the Builder’s tradespeople.

 

Its easier to see issues

It’s far easier to identify an issue you can see.  Once things are plastered or carpeted over, you’re not going to pull that carpet up or dig into the wall structure to assess issues.  You just have to hope that it was done right.

Staged Building Inspections occur at a time when issues are more easily seen, without disturbing the finishings.

 

Your build stays on track

It is more efficient to fix issues at the moment.

The example below was recently identified by my team, where the waste pipe for a freestanding bath was installed in the wrong position. This meant the bath would ultimately not fit the space.

Slab Incorrect Waste Pipe Location

Rectification of this issue involved jackhammering a section of the concrete slab and relocating the pipe. This is obviously much quicker and easier to do prior to the tiling of the bathroom.

Identifying issues such as these early keeps your build on track and is helpful for your Builder to know about. Most Builders are grateful when issues such as these are picked up early as it is far less costly to rectify.

 

Assessment of Rectification Work Can Take Place

If an issue is picked up at an earlier Staged Inspection, your Building Inspector can return at a subsequent inspection to assess the rectification work. This should put your mind at ease that the quality of the rectification work is sufficient.

At Home Integrity, our large team of qualified, registered builders are Perth’s most trusted building inspectors. You can see for yourself – check out the abundance of 5 star Google Reviews here.

If you’d like a quote for a Staged Building Inspection or Practical Completion Inspection, click here for an instant, online quote. Our team is also available to discuss your needs in greater detail on 08 8375 8130.

Ref 1 : Section 6 of the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Act 2011

What Does a Building Inspection Cost in Perth?

What Does a Building Inspection Cost in Perth?

What does a building inspection cost in Perth

 

You’ve just purchased the home of your dreams and now you’re budgeting for the additional costs to complete the sale, such as a building inspection, settlement fees, insurances, removalists and more.

This blog demystifies the costs of having a building inspection completed in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury or the Greater Southwest in Western Australia.

For a single-story home building inspection in Western Australia, prices vary greatly, from as little as $250 to as much as $1495.

With such a wide variance in price and the quality of service, you may become overwhelmed or frustrated when comparing alternatives.

In this state, you may lean toward ‘who has the cheapest price’, which is a dangerous way to make such an important decision.

You’re about to make one of the most important financial decisions of your life. It is important to choose an inspection company that will deliver a service you can trust.

In this blog, we break down the costs for each inspection you may need when buying a home in Perth.

5 Main Factors that Affect the Price of Your Building Inspection

There are a number of factors that affect the type and scope of the inspection, which changes what an inspector will charge for their services. Here, I break down the 5 main factors that affect the price of your inspection.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is a visual assessment of the structural and non-structural elements of the home for major defects. The structural elements generally consist of footings, ground slab or floor frame, exterior walls, interior walls, ceiling frame, roof frame and any retaining walls that are associated with the main residence. Non-structural elements (not usually included in a report of this nature) consist of ceilings, tiling and roof cover to name a few.

Expect to Budget: From $250 to $990 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity, our Structural Inspections start at $335. Each one of our building inspectors is a registered builder with Professional Indemnity Insurance, meaning our pricing is extremely competitive.

Timber Pest Inspection

A Timber Pest Inspection is a visual inspection for timber pest activity, damage and conducive conditions. Timber pests in Perth include termites, borers and wood decay fungi.

Expect to Budget: From $130 to $445 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity our Timber Pest Inspections are $220, however, when grouped with a Building Inspection they are just $195.

Pre Settlement Inspection

A Pre-Settlement Inspection involves a non-technical assessment of the electrical, plumbing and gas fixtures and fittings to ensure they are operating in “good working order”.

Expect to Budget: From $295 to $450 depending on the scope, inspector qualifications and size of the home.

At Home Integrity, our Pre Settlement Inspections start at $335, or when grouped with a Structural Inspection they are just $260.

Swimming Pool Inspections

A Swimming Pool Inspection includes operational checks and a visual inspection of the swimming pool or spa, pool equipment (including heating) and an inspection of the pool cover and safety barrier.

Expect to Budget: The local pool cleaning shop may conduct a basic inspection for as little as $75, whereas an experienced pool builder can charge up to $395.

At Home Integrity, our specialised pool consultant conducts a comprehensive pool inspection for $295.

Home Size

The size of the home can also be a factor in the cost of your building inspection, as the inspector is required to be on-site for a longer period of time. Some inspection companies charge more for larger homes or two-storey homes.

Expect to Budget: Some inspection companies in Perth charge per bedroom, while others apply additional surcharges for two-storey homes.

At Home Integrity, we believe we have the fairest system. We do not charge additional for two-storey homes however we do charge 30% extra for large homes over 450 sqm, to ensure the inspector has the appropriate amount of time to complete a thorough investigation. For smaller homes, such as one and two bedroom units, we offer a 30% discount.

At Home Integrity, our large team of qualified, registered builders are Perth’s most trusted building inspectors. You can see for yourself – check out the abundance of 5 star google reviews here.

If you’d like a quote for an inspection on a home you are buying, click here and you will get an instant price on our complete range of services to assist with your budgeting. You can also book and pay through our very simple, online process.

 

 

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

Home Integrity Strata Wins SCAWA Services Award 2020

 

Alongside excellent and deserving nominees, Home Integrity was thrilled to be announced the Strata Services Business 2020 Winner at the Strata Council Association of Western Australia (SCAWA) awards night in November.

Recognising our achievement for innovation and collaborative partnerships, the award recognised the hard work of our team over the course of 2020.

 

Changing history

The pandemic took everyone by surprise in 2020, and Home Integrity was not immune from the fallout. After managing our initial shock, and pivoting our business in several ways, we then came to see the unique opportunity before us to transform our business.

At the same time, the Strata Titles Regulations 2019 were released, and this caused much confusion in the industry, as strata communities wrestled with what it meant for their complexes.

It was through these turbulent times that Home Integrity identified new opportunities to service the strata community with a level of professionalism previously unseen in the area of building consulting.

Home Integrity Strata Winners 2020

Doubling down on strata

Despite many years in the strata space, we set about launching a dedicated strata division and new website and redefined our service delivery model for strata managers, owners and their communities.

Home Integrity finetuned our innovative service offering in the following areas:

  • Strata Condition Reports & 10-20 Year Maintenance Plans
  • Structural Engineering Consulting & Water Ingress Investigations
  • Defect Reports & Builder Warranty Claims
  • Expert Witness Reports for Building Commission & State Administrative Tribunal

Then, over the course of 2020, we also achieved a number of notable milestones, including:

  • Partnerships: We partnered with quantity surveyor partners, Asset Reports, to build in value engineering and accurate cost forecasting to our condition reports.
  • Technology: We developed an app that not only standardises all parts of our strata inspections but delivers industry-leading reports that are easy to understand, yet information-rich.
  • Compliance: We had our Condition Reports and Maintenance Plans reviewed by Sean Macfarlane, Special Counsel with Lavan Legal, who confirmed our reports fully comply with the Strata Titles Regulations (2019).

It is with a full heart that we give thanks to our expert team of specialist building consultants and dedicated support staff. Without their commitment and tireless energy, we would not have been able to achieve our mission of improving the world of our strata clients.

Dedicating ourselves to innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement, we thank SCAWA for recognising our work throughout 2020 and look forward to what 2021 (and beyond) will bring.

Interested in a 10-20 Year Maintenance Plan for your Strata?

Head on over to our Strata Website, and complete the request for quotation form today, or alternatively get in touch with Anne at our office to discuss your unique requirements.