Home owner

Check your deck before the holidays

Timber deck

Summer is already here, and this is the time of year that Queenslanders love to get out on their decks with family and friends.

So if you are planning on holding a holiday celebration on the deck at your property, now is the time to get your deck checked.

Decks and balconies require regular and effective maintenance to help ensure their long-term safety. The frequency of this maintenance depends on the materials, type of finish, climate and the degree of exposure to the weather.

Prepare your home for storm season

Photo of gutter and stormy sky

Storm season is here, which means it's time to do some maintenance around your property to make sure you are as ready as possible.

You need to clear any leaves and debris out of eaves and gutters to ensure proper drainage of roof water during severe water events. This is particularly important if you are living in leafy suburbs.

It may also be a good time to do any surface drainage and garden maintenance, which is necessary to prevent subsidence, and should be done on an annual basis.

Check your pool fences following Cyclone Debbie

Check your pool fencing

Recent severe weather events may have caused damage or unexpected movement to swimming pool fencing or barrier components. 

Any damaged fencing that allows access to a child under five should be made compliant immediately. 

Flooding and heavy rain events are very likely to have caused differential ground movements to the posts supporting your pool safety gate. This can cause your gate to not self-close or self-latch. 

A property owner should repair this work immediately or have a suitably qualified contractor make the repairs.

Timely reminder for renovating prefab pools

It is extremely important when renovating or restoring prefabricated pools that the vinyl liner waterproofing be replaced with another vinyl liner or PVC membrane, and not an alternative rigid surface finish.

Many prefabricated pools constructed in the 1970s through to mid-2000s are now due for refurbishment, so this is a timely reminder of what to consider to ensure the pool remains waterproof.

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When the owner withdraws during cooling-off period

Home owner mailing paperwork.

If an owner chooses to withdraw during the cooling-off period (which is five business days), then they must give you, as the contractor, a written withdrawal notice.

You are entitled to receive or retain an amount equal to any out-of-pocket expenses you have reasonably incurred up to the time the owner withdrew, and if you have given the owner the required documentation you are also entitled to an additional $100.