Straight after Easter our site fencing has been erected and the site scrape completed.
We have also been assigned a Site Supervisor, so it looks like all systems are go.
Meanwhile we have organised for an Independent Building Inspector to oversee our build. We have gone for Houspect
who offer inspections at four key stages:
- Wall & roof framing complete
- Pre-lining/ brickwork complete & roof on
- Pre-handover (practical completion)
Hopefully this is just belt and braces but it is worth it to give us peace of mind.
Seeing the site fencing turns my mind to starting to sort out our boundary fencing. In Australia, by law, the cost of building a fence where there isn’t one is normally shared equally between neighbours. However this changes if you want something that is more than just what is ‘sufficient’.
In our case the choice of fence is already decided as our developer stipulated it in a building covenant, a pine lapped and capped fence contained by a galvanized metal frame in Woodland Grey.
Due to the slope of our land we require a retaining wall as well. So next stop is to contact our neighbours about the fencing and see if they require a retaining wall and if so what type we would both like. This involves an application to our local council for a request for Neighbour Information and a small fee, $14. Then get the agreement in writing and organize three quotes for the work.
Luckily the rear fence which is against an older existing large property is already in place as our Developer put it as part of the development. One down, two to go 🙂