Gold Coast property: what to look out for to eliminate hidden building costs

first_imgBuyers are being urged to go with a good builder and ask lots of questions to avoid unexpected costs. Unexpected costs are one of the biggest barriers to building, a survey by Porter Davis and has found.FIRST home builders are being urged to do their research and ask plenty of questions to avoid any nasty surprises.It comes after a national survey revealed unexpected costs were one of the biggest barriers to building.More than 60 per cent of people said unexpected costs or going over budget was the biggest barrier to building followed by stress throughout the process, time to complete and move in, and funding.More than 500 people who had bought or were planning to buy property took part in the survey. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 Survey results. Source: New Homes Buyer Journey Research conducted by Hall & Partners and from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPorter Davis sales and marketing general manager Shaun Patterson said people were often so excited about building their home they forgot to ask important questions.He encouraged people to find a good builder who communicated well and explained all the features included in the build cost and ask lots of questions.“It’s your right to ask the question, it’s going to be your house,” he said.“Make sure that you get the details and find someone you can trust.”He said in certain areas of South East Queensland, site costs could add up to $35,000 more onto your build due to issues such as rock removal and engineering. Other times, he said some people expected certain features to be included in the cost, which wasn’t always the case.“Some builders might not have them included, you might just assume that when you buy a house, there’s going to be light fittings,” he said.center_img While it was difficult, he encouraged buyers to stick to their budget as best they could, even if that meant sacrificing certain items to invest more in the important ones.“When you’re building your house, you really want to make sure that you are sticking to your budget,” he said.“Some people find that fixtures and fittings are really important and others might say, ‘we want better entertainment’.”Porter Davis has introduced fixed site costs for new builds to eliminate some uncertainties. Survey results. Source: New Homes Buyer Journey Research conducted by Hall & Partners and read more

West Ham fined for players’ response to Mark Noble’s Anfield dismissal

first_img Noble, who scored the second goal in his side’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Anfield on August 29, was sent off in the 78th minute when referee Kevin Friend judged him to have fouled Danny Ings. That decision was overturned on September 2, after Noble had insisted his challenge was not even worthy of a yellow card and manager Slaven Bilic was equally critical. West Ham have been fined £50,000 and warned over their future conduct following the behaviour of their players after midfielder Mark Noble’s dismissal at Liverpool last month. However, the Football Association charged the London club over the reaction of Noble’s team-mates following Friend’s decision and a statement from the governing body on Friday evening read: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, West Ham United have been fined £50,000 and warned as to their future conduct after an FA player misconduct charge brought against the club was found proven. “It was alleged that in or around the 78th minute of the game against Liverpool on 29 August 2015, West Ham failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. “The club had admitted the charge and submitted a plea for mitigation.” Noble will be available for the Hammers’ game against Newcastle at Upton Park on Monday, when the Hammers could also welcome three of their deadline-day signings – Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic – into their squad. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Devlin Hodges over Mason Rudolph isn’t the right choice for Steelers, but it’s the only choice against Browns

first_imgHow much of Rudolph’s implosion against the Bengals last Sunday was the product of a week in which he had to defend himself ardently despite being the victim of a blow to the head from Browns star Myles Garrett is impossible to say. It’s obvious it was not inconsequential. It might be feasible to move on from that if the Steelers were playing any one of 30 NFL teams.With the Browns on the opposite sideline, it is impossible.”We’re singularly focused on winning this game and putting ourselves in position to win this game. So that’s where the decision lies,” Tomlin said. “We’ll see where we are after this game. Really, we have no intended plans beyond this one.”MORE STEELERS-BROWNS:Complete list of fines and suspensions from brawlHodges arrived in training camp last summer as an undrafted free agent who won the Walter Payton Award last autumn as the best player at the NCAA’s FCS level, the all-time passing leader in that division. He appeared promising in exhibition games but, with the Steelers’ backup situation solid with Rudolph and Josh Dobbs, Hodges was released before the start of the season. He was brought back to the team’s practice squad after Dobbs was dealt to Jacksonville for a draft pick, a trade they almost certainly were more comfortable executing because they knew they could retrieve Hodges.He then relieved nicely when Rudolph was struck in the chin (and knocked out cold) by the helmet of Baltimore safety Earl Thomas in Week 5, putting the team in position to win twice. The Steelers held a fourth-quarter lead erased on a Justin Tucker field goal, then had the ball near midfield after a first-down completion to Smith-Schuster that he soon after lost on a fumble. That was maybe a little too succinct, so multimedia journalist Tim Benz of the Tribune-Review asked if Hodges had a “higher ceiling” than not killing the Steelers that Hodges could reach as a QB. “There’s going to be enough pressure on Devlin just performing,” Tomlin answered. “So I’m not going to add to it by talking about expectations. I expect him to not kill us.”If that doesn’t get your Terrible Towel whirling, what would?WEEK 13 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsTomlin is making the move the team’s impatient fan base was hoping to see after Rudolph’s confidence gradually dwindled over the past month. It is the wrong move because Hodges’ ability is more limited and because he’d shown a nice aptitude for entering as a reliever when necessary, but there is reason to believe at least part of his qualification for this particular assignment is he wasn’t conked on the head by a Browns lineman 13 days ago and then accused (without evidence, without credibility) of uttering a racial slur on the field.Tomlin went on to say he was looking for a “spark” from Hodges as the starter against the Browns after watching Rudolph struggle, even while acknowledging “things don’t happen in a vacuum,” meaning those problems likely were exacerbated by the recent absences of such weapons as wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson and running back James Conner.”It might not necessarily mean anything negative in terms of Mason’s overall trajectory for his career — or even what he’s going to mean to us next week,” Tomlin said. “We’re focused on putting ourselves in position to win this game, and we’ll worry about next week next week.”Tomlin wouldn’t want us to interpret this to mean if the Steelers were playing Sunday against, say, the Arizona Cardinals that Rudolph again would be in the lineup. We shall, regardless. Tomlin never has been the type of coach to look for a “spark.” He is looking for competent, confident QB play. If you’re a Steelers fan hoping to be inspired by the installation of Devlin “Duck” Hodges as the team’s starting quarterback for its essential Sunday afternoon home game against the Browns, it probably is best not to look to coach Mike Tomlin for reinforcement.Asked what he has seen from Hodges’ three appearances to date to suggest it is the appropriate time for him to replace Mason Rudolph in the lineup, Tomlin was succinct: “He has not killed us.” When the team visited the Chargers the following week, Hodges threw only one interception and delivered a 24-17 victory. He then led them from a 7-3 deficit Sunday to a 16-10 victory over the Bengals. In all of that, he still has only 318 passing yards and two touchdowns. He has attempted only 40 passes.”I think that we’re all capable of helping Devlin,” Tomlin said. “The defense by getting off the field. Our run game by being effective and keeping them in manageable situational down-and-distances. Our special teams doing a great job of the field-position and possession game. We will all have a hand in assisting Devlin in playing good football.”And the Steelers will have a hand, as well, in helping Rudolph to a better circumstance when (or if) he does return. By sitting him and diminishing whatever circus might be planned for the week. (Getty Images) read more