Kue-S-Services Pty Ltd
Quantity Surveyors and Building Estimating Services

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BUILDING DISPUTES AND DEFECTIVE WORKS


WHAT CONSTITUTES A DEFECT IN A BUILDING?

The dictionary definition of a defect is an imperfection that impairs the worth or utility. It describes a lack of something necessary for completeness, adequacy, or perfection. It may also means a condition that may impair the structural integrity, construction or the safety or health of the occupants of the building.


WHAT IS A “SIGNIFICANT” DEFECT?

There is often some confusion when the term significant defect is used to describe a defect The use of the word “significant” can mean a lot of different things to those involved in the contract. All parties have a different perception of the severity of the defect.


A BUILDING INSPECTOR WILL DECIDE WHAT IS A DEFECT

A building inspector will provide a report and outline all of the conditions that are substandard and should be of concern, but cannot estimate the cost of any rectification.


DEFECTS INCLUDE:-

  1. Exterior Defects - water intrusion into the property.
  2. Interior Defects - poorly painted surfaces
  3. Structural Defects - Bulges, deflections, and other irregularities in the framing, and/or cracks in the foundation.
  4. Electrical Defects – hazardous.
  5. Plumbing Defects - water leaks.
  6. Deferred Maintenance Defects - poorly maintained properties where structural additions and renovations, that were not professionally installed.

QUANTITY SURVEYORS ARE QUALIFIED TO ESTIMATE THE COST OF ANY DEFECT & THE COST OF RECTIFICATION.

Courts generally consider evidence from Quantity Surveyors as the only reliable source for estimating the realistic cost of building defects.
Courts do not put much emphasis, if at all, on estimates prepared by any other party. Quantity Surveyors are specifically and uniquely trained to accurately estimate all aspects of building costs, including labour outputs together with material and plant and equipment costs.


Kue-S-Services Pty Ltd has over 40 years of building experience. We have prepared a number of claims for clients under the instructions of various Solicitors and Barristers since 1984.