Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

Having left our teenage years behind, we enter our twenties stage of looking towards home ownership and possibly moving away from property renting. While this used to be the time we’d consider buying our first home, rising house prices have mostly put a stop to this dream. However, in some part of the country, buying your first home in your twenties can still be a reality with some clever planning.

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When it comes to knowing what to look for when buying a new home, we’ve got your back! Let’s dive into the world of first home ownership … (more…)

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

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At some point in your life, your home may become too small for your family. Undertaking a major renovation such as adding a house extension will give you extra space. But are you better off building a second floor instead? Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages between adding a storey verses building a new addition.

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How to choose between another storey or a house extension

Depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose to build up or build out. (more…)

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Smart homes are the way of the future and we’ll see more use of these automated features within our homes. Created to make life simpler for homeowners, intelligent homes are still seen as a luxury rather than a necessity by many. However, we’re 100% certain in that you’ll want these must see smart home features as much as we do!

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surveyorsA construction surveyor inspects and measures land parcels that are being considered for building projects.  They’ll gather information on all of the land characteristics, including boundaries, elevation, size and curves of the plot. This is used by other interested parties to decide on the best use of the land.

A construction surveyor or engineer will work in a range of environments surveying projects that include residential developments, commercial buildings, malls, highways and even airports. They may work for a private company or for a local body authority.

They are often required to produce plats, which are maps defining property boundaries and describing geographic features. Analysis and planning sessions will include homeowners, survey staff, construction crew and other interested parties.

When hiring a construction surveyor or engineer, you can expect they will use a range of instruments, some of which are unique to their profession.  Specialised survey instruments include ones to measure angles and altitude which are called altimeters and theodolites. A property is often marked with rods and stakes to denote boundaries or points to start building

Accurately assessing the characteristics and boundaries of a piece of land isn’t always easy. Old documents and drawings may be needed to determine where legal boundaries lie. Surveyors may use electronic devices, computer software and GPS to help in their analysis of land plots.

Once plans are complete, the surveyor will continue to work with the builder, confirming details regarding elevation and points for construction to start prior to ground breaking. If a builder has queries about boundaries or altitude the surveyor or engineer will be able to provide answers.

The services offered by Surveyors and Engineers include:

  • Boundary surveys
  • Planning

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