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What Value Is There In An Audit By Gold Coast City Council Plumbing Inspectors?

Increasingly Gold Coast home owners are being subjected to allegedly “free compliance audits” by plumbing inspectors from Gold Coast City Council. To justify their jobs in a depressed market with almost nil construction activity Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspectors  are acting like desperate door to door salesmen knocking on the doors of home owners who have had hot water systems upgraded. There is no legislative requirement for these audits to occur and there is no requirement by the home owner to allow them to enter their home.

To fill in time and justify their jobs Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspectors are  undertaking “audits” that are not requested and are unannounced. The plumbing inspectors are knocking on the door and stating they are there to inspect the hot water service.   Legally they are able to assess the work if invited to do so by you. No Gold Coast plumber is asking them to assess the work as none of us see any value in doing so. Neither Gold Coast City Council or its plumbing inspectors take any risk or responsibility, so their inspection is of no real value except to justify their own jobs.

If a Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspector arrives unannounced at your door then he has no right of entry. He may request entry by your invitation to inspect work that pertains to the form 4 plumbing contractors are legally obliged to lodge, but that is the absolute limit. If you refuse him entry then he must immediately depart. Unfortunately the plumbing inspectors are loose with the truth and make out that they are legally obligated to undertake this audit and do not inform home owners that it is optional and not a legislative requirement.

The individual plumbing inspectors are not to blame for these events but are forced to do so as they work in an appalling atmosphere at Gold Coast City Council. It has been common knowledge within the plumbing industry for many years that the Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspectors are a deeply troubled organisation with bullying, abuse of power, nepotism, cronyism and double standards a daily occurrence.

A number of clients of Whywait Plumbing that have received these unexpected visits have been shocked when we have phoned to say their hot water service we installed 6 months ago has had a defect notice issued. In every instant as long as Whywait Plumbing receive the defect notice we undertake the “repairs” which invariably are that the tempering valve that is legally required to deliver hot water at 50 degrees is over temperature. To date every home we have returned to is between 1-3 degrees over temperature. To see more information on the requirements of tempering valves click here.

Many of our clients have told us that they do not want the plumbing inspectors returning to their homes to re-audit. This we have conveyed via email to Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspectors on behalf of our clients. As a result we had a phone call from the Gold Coast City Council plumbing & drainage supervisor, Brian Till recently who informed us we should be encouraging our clients to have the re-audit undertaken otherwise we will remain responsible for the defects despite our notifying Gold Coast City Council that rectification work has been undertaken. Furthermore Brian Till advised that the property will have registered against the title that there are outstanding plumbing defects which can have severe financial repercussions if you wish to sell your home.

Our recommendation if you get an unexpected knock on the door from a Gold Coast City Council plumbing inspector is that you decline to allow them entry to the your home. Declining entry has no repercussions for you as they walk away and the file is closed.

However if you have had a defect notice issued then we recommend that you allow a re-audit at a time that is suitable for you to ensure no defects are registered against your property. If you desire we will attend at no cost, to give you reassurance and to ensure that due process is complied with.


Renovated Bathrooms Increase Your Homes Value More Than Any Other Room Renovation

Renovated Bathrooms Increase Your Homes Value More Than Any Other Room Renovation

Spending money to create a stylish, modern bathroom will increase the value of your home more than spending the equivalent amount of money anywhere else in your home. If you are looking to sell your home, then $20000 spent with Whywait Plumbing on reviving your bathroom will increase buyer interest and enhance your asking price. If renovated correctly, you can expect to get twice as much back as what you’ve invested. The increase in value is frequently two to three times that of spending comparable sums on bathrooms or lounge rooms.

Bathroom renovations do not have to take weeks or cost tens of thousands of dollars either. Frequently all that is required is new taps, a fresh coat of paint and a well-placed new mirror to open a bathroom up.

You should be aware that any renovation work will put your bathroom out of action for a few days requiring alternative bathroom arrangements. If you have some basic decorating skills, then it is something you can manage yourself as you can save a great deal of money by undertaking your own redecorating. Be aware though, despite what the nice man at Bunnings may tell you, that for some tasks you are required by law to hire qualified contractors. This is in the main for plumbing and electrical functions as you can undertake painting and tiling yourself if you feel competent to do so.

Updating to a completely renovated, modern, stylish bathroom is the ultimate solution, but in reality, is expensive as it requires stripping back the bathroom to bare concrete floors and stripping the wall linings.  If budget is not an issue and you have a second bathroom to use while undertaking the renovations, then it is the way to proceed as the end result is a brand new bathroom.

But if you’re willing to learn about what is available, do the decorating yourself and how things work you can save thousands of dollars using a few simple ideas to add depth and dimension to an existing bathroom. Four inexpensive, yet straightforward ideas are:

  • Upgrading the taps, spouts, and other fittings such as towel rails in your bathroom can have a surprisingly significant effect on how your bathroom looks. Moving from outdated accessories to modern, sleek designs will give your bathroom as much of a facelift as replacing the bath, shower and vanity in many instants.
  • Rethink your lighting as most bathrooms only use a single light source, which radiates from the middle of the ceiling. Installing several light fittings as mood lighting in various key points will give your bathroom an entirely different feel. You can also change how the lighting works by adding mirrors to reflect the existing light on different angles, which opens up darker corners.
  • Changing the colour scheme in your bathroom can turn it into a whole new bathroom. How much it costs to do so will depend on how radically you want to change things. A new shade of paint is an advantageous and relatively inexpensive way to recolour your bathroom compared with retiling. Upgrading your shower doors and adding a feature wall of tiles will work well with new colours to create a whole fresh feel.

Simple bathroom renovations provided that you approach it from the right direction and manage it properly though does not need to involve any stress and can be tremendously rewarding both financially and personally. The key to a stress-free bathroom renovation is to know what is required and to have a clear idea of what you want before you begin.

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