- About Us
- New Build Handovers
- Book: Building Success
- Contact Us
You can trust BuildingPro. For over 14 years we have been providing building, pest, handover inspections, maintenance and pre-sale inspection services to residential and commercial buildings in the Brisbane area.
We can help you make a confident decision about your property. Whether it’s to buy your dream home or investment property, sell a family home or purchase a building for a new business venture. You can rely on us to give you the right advice!
Did you know we were on Selling Houses Australia! Watch the video and keep an eye out for Andrew as he demonstrates the importance of a thorough Building & Pest Inspection.
Trish Mackie-Smith was interviewed for the article published on the Domain news website titled:
Buyer beware: What are your rights if you purchase a shonky property? by Ameila Barnes
The article refers to our current lack of consumer protection when it comes to buying property. It quotes Trish Mackie-Smith: “When it comes to the condition of the properties being sold, the buyer beware doctrine is woefully inadequate. Sellers do not necessarily have to disclose defects of which they are aware.” It mentions that the only place in Australia that offers statutory protection for buyers of property is in the Australian Capital Territory. There the buyer can invoke provisions of their legislation against a vendor or selling agent for failing to provide a building and compliance report or for giving false documents. The buyer can legally rely on these documents. This has been working effectively in Canberra for the last 14 years and Trish has been campaigning for the rest of Australia to follow suit here: sign here and by way of a Queensland petition which was tabled in Queensland parliament in August last year.
Until we update our laws like in the UK and the USA, for the rest of Australia’s consumers their only recourse against a former owner and selling agent is an action in damages for misleading or deceptive misrepresentation about the structural soundness relied upon by the buyer. “Taking this action in court is a very difficult, costly and stressful path to take,” says Trish Mackie-Smith.
So it is imperative that all buyers of property ensure they do full and thorough due diligence because that is their only safeguard against buying faulty properties.[More news]
New book launched this year at Master Builders QLD gives all property owners and investors practical and valuable advice from a building expert's perspective.
Get FREE download of first two chapters!
[FIND OUT MORE]
Subscribe to the BuildingPro eNewsletter for all latest news and tips on buying and maintaining your property