AUSTRALIAN BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
for professional, independent & expert building inspections and litigation support
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Australian Building & Construction Consultants
for inspections, expert reports & witness, rectification costing & litigation support
Who We Are
Australian Building & Construction Consultants are nationally recognized Construction Defects Experts.
We will enhance your ability to plan, manage and settle your case expediently and if a claim must go to court, you can expect factual reports that will stand up to close scrutiny supported by testimony that’s clear and compelling.
We are retained to perform independent defects consulting, investigations and management, and to determine any required repairs. [read more]
Why You Need Us
While your house is being built, it’s crucial to call for the experience and opinion of an independent building consultant. A home inspection is necessary to provide peace of mind and will help free you from unnecessary worries. It’s better to have an independent professional look over and check your home during and after the construction process.
A thorough review of a building contract is essential to ensure that what is being constructed is exactly what is included in the contract and related documents. We are experienced in conducting a full review of the contract as well as administering the contract from commencement to completion.
When a new home or extension is nearing completion, there may be be problems with adherence to the contract specifications, the overall standard of work or time/cost overruns. It’s wise for owners to have someone who is independent of the contractor to be able to assist them in what can often be a stressful time.
A full costs break up is the process to determine how an expert not only reaches their conclusions, but also what the costs will be to rectify the items identified in the report. We provide a full cost breakup using excel and allows for items such as labour, materials, certification, restricted access, scaffold, preliminaries, contingencies, margins and GST.
While it is preferable to address building issues prior to lodging a claim, in some circumstances matters that have been ongoing for some time with no resolution proceed to mediation, arbitration or litigation. We provide a variety of support options from assistance with expert conclaves and mediations to assistance with litigation matters that are proceeding to a hearing.
A building inspection is a snapshot in time, it isn’t a guarantee that defects won’t develop in the future so you should always ensure you refer to a current building inspection.
Building inspections are also carried out for the purpose of risk management, new construction management, dispute resolution, insurance claims, compliance with legislation and regulations and to assist with renovation and extension decisions.
A building inspection may be required if you discover that your home has developed a building defect over time or in response to an incident or accident. Inspections are generally ordered during the process of buying or selling a home or property and may be requested by any of the following:
- Home buyers & sellers, commercial property owners & investors;
- Property managers, body corporates and strata title managers;
- Government, private agencies and businesses;
- Building and construction contractors, solicitors ;
- For court proceedings involving compensation claims.
Increasingly property buyers are aware of their responsibility to discover building defects before contracts are exchanged – this responsibility refers to the latin principle known as Caveat Emptor or “let the buyer beware”.
The full statement is “Caveat emptor, qui ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit” – translated as “Let a purchaser, who ought not be ignorant of the amount and nature of the interest which he is about to buy, exercise proper caution”.
Under common law, the purchaser must undertake their own investigations of a property since there is no legal obligation for the current owner to disclose anything relating to the quality of the property or the land it is built on.
As a result, home or property buyers who subsequently attempt to seek compensation for defects discovered after purchase will find themselves at a significant legal disadvantage. There is little recourse for compensation after purchasing a property with defects which are discovered later.