Defects VS Wear & Tear

There are two main types of damages that can occur to a house. The first one is a case of Wear & Tear and the second is a Defect. It is expected that during the occupancy of a house, there will be some amount of damage done to the building’s fixtures, furniture and fittings, etc. However, the nature in which these damages occur needs to be clear to homeowners, so they are aware of which can be categorized as a Wear & tear and a defect before attempting/requesting repairs.

What is a defect?

A defect is a form of damage that can be visible to homeowners. Defects are mostly flaws in the materials of the home such as faulty electrical wiring hiding behind the walls or a well-hidden termite or mold problem due to poor roofing designs. Such damages will not be noticeable at first, but after some time they may appear.

There are two types of defects; latent and patent defects. According to Suttling (2021), latent defects are flaws that are not visible and cannot be found by reasonable inspection during or in completion of construction. Whereas, patent defects are flaws that can be easily identified during regular inspection in the course of construction.

Defects may occur due to the following factors:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Changes of use
  • Poor design
  • Environmental influences

A defect being a flaw in a building/property, can be replaced or repaired. Some defects may easily be fixed while others will take longer due to availability of manpower and materials in accordance to the nature of the defect. For example, a roof leakage will require equipment such as a hydraulic crane (cherry picker) if this is unavailable, scaffolding will need to be erected, which will cause the repairs to take much longer. This also depends on the availability of materials, for example, a flooring defect, if the materials required to fix this are not available, repairs will be delayed.

A defect is a flaw in the structure of the home either due to the production stages of the materials used or poor handling of materials during construction. However, most often, defects can be repaired once identified.

*Google Images: faulty electrical wiring

Floor boards loose

*Wall molding due to condensation

What is a Wear & Tear?

A Wear & Tear refers to the gradual damage that one would expect upon daily usage of an item over time. Wear & Tear is exactly as it sounds. These are damages that are likely to occur during the normal and intended use of a material in a home. For example, scrapes on walls or surfaces, faded materials such as floor wood, loose door handles/locks, ceiling stains, etc. All these are damages that will occur because of their intended daily usage.

Damages done through Wear & Tear can be repaired at times. Such as a loose door handle can be screwed back in place, or a cupboard door hanging from its hinges can be retightened. However, most often, a damage that is categorized as Wear & Tear cannot be repaired but will need to be replaced. For example, the silver finishing peeling off a door knob will need to be replaced with a new knob or need to be refurbished.

However, there are cases where homeowners may cause certain damages that are reasonably unacceptable. For example, broken windows, broken door handles/locks, unapproved paint jobs or unapproved infrastructure changes, etc. These, although are at times, expected to occur, they will not be categorized as a Wear & Tear.

*Google Images: Scratches on wood floor

*Google Images:  Floor wood color fading

*Google Images: Loose door handles

What is the difference between a wear & tear and a defect?

A defect can be repaired. For a Wear & Tear the damages can be repaired, however, most often these damages will require a replacement rather than a repair.

The main difference between a wear & tear and a defect can also be seen in the nature by which these damages occur. For wear & tear, it is simply the gradual or natural damage done to items due to their intended use. Whereas, for defects, these are flaws in the building/home that were done without human action but it was made possible by human error.

Reference

How to clean grout in a dirty house (2020) Retrieved from,
https://www.groutshields.com/2020/01/08/how-to-clean-grout-in-a-dirty-house/

Restoring colors, vibrancy and the former beauty of your carpet & rugs (2017) Retrieved from
http://www.carpetcolourrestorations.com.au/services/colour-restoration/

Rodriguez, J (2020) Identifying Common Roof Problems, retrieved from
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/identifying-roof-problems-844787

Suttling, D (2021) Latent vs. Patent Defects and How to manage them, Retrieved from
https://c-link.com/blog/latent-vs-patent-defects/

Top 10 Most Common Residential Building Defects (2020) retrieved from,
https://redmondassociates.co.uk/top-10-most-common-residential-defects

Why Gutter slope is essential to your home (2021) Retrieved from,
https://www.harryhelmet.com/why-gutter-slope-is-essential-to-your-home/

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Blocked Toilet

Before you pick up a plunger or resort to other methods of unclogging a toilet, you must know the reason for the blockage.

Here are four (4) common causes of a clogged toilet:

  1. Hard Water
    If the water in your home has a high mineral content this will result to hard water. The minerals in the water will form a white substance making it difficult for waste to pass through leading to a clogged toilet.
  2. Objects that cannot dissolve
    Toilet paper is developed in a way that it will dissolve faster when it comes into contact with water, this makes it easier to pass through the drain pipes. For objects such as cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, hair strands, and hand wipes, they do not dissolve easily which will lead to a blockage.
  3. Too much toilet paper
    Although mentioned in the above point that toilet paper dissolves in water, too much toilet paper used at one time can result to a clogging, as that much toilet paper, will take a longer time to dissolve resulting in a blockage.

How to use a plunger to unclog a toilet:

Step 1: Choosing the right plunger for the job

There are two main types of plungers; the standard plunger which is shaped like half a basket-ball and the other is with an extended flange for ensuring a tight seal and thus extra power for suction. Both can be used to plunge a clogged toilet depending on the severity of the blockage.

Step 2: It might be messy

Before you begin plunging the toilet, ensure that rags are placed around toilet to catch any water spilling out. If the toilet bowl is filled to the brim with water, scoop half of the water out to prevent any spillage. Remember to wear gloves

Step 3: Ensuring a tight seal

Place the plunge in a position that allows a tight seal between the tool and the toilet’s drain hole. Once there is a good seal, you can began to plunge up and down always ensuring that you do not lose the grip of the tight seal. This is so to ensure, a steady suction that will eventually unclog the substance in the drainpipe.

Step 4: Start plunging

Once you have a tight seal between the plunger and the drain hole, plunge down and hold for 3 to 5 seconds and release, repeat this motion until the substance clogging the drain is removed. The motion of the air and water in the pipe created by the plunge will push the substance that is clogging the drain out of the pipe.

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Apart from using a plunger here are two recommended remedies that you can use to unclog your toilet, if there is no plunger available.

 

Remedy 1: Hot Water

Pouring hot water down the toilet drain pipe for it to loosen the clog. Refrain from using boiling hot water. Hot water from the tap can still be used in this instance. If the toilet bowl is full of water, remove water with scoop before pouring hot water in. Once you pour the hot water in, wait for 5 minutes to test flushing, to see if it removed the clogged substance.

Remedy 2: Soap and Hot Water

Pour half a cup of detergent soap into toilet bowl. The soap detergent will act as a lubricant to help the substance clogging the pipe to go down the drain. If soap detergent does not remedy the clog, pour hot water (not boiling hot) to help the process. The mixture of detergent soap and hot water should help unclog the pipe. A substitute for this can be baking soda and vinegar, whereby, you pour a cup of baking soda into toilet bowl followed by 2 cups of vinegar. The fizziness created from this mixture should dissolve any substance that is clogging the pipes.

Reference

Clogged toilet repair, Isky plumbing & Drain Service (2021) Retrieved from
https://www.iskymechanical.com/clogged-toilet

How to unclog a toilet (2021) retrieved from
https://www.pipereliningsolutions.com.au/how-to-unclog-a-toilet

Is it bad to leave a clogged toilet overnight? (2020) Retrieved from
https://toiletreviewer.com/leave-clogged-toilet-overnight/

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Changing the batteries in a smoke alarm / detector :

CHANGING THE BATTERIES

Many a times, when homeowners hear a short and slow beeping sound from the smoke alarm, they assume it is damaged or requires an electrician to do repairs. But most often, the problem is a simple battery change.
Below are steps to follow to identify that the smoke alarm requires a battery change.

Step 1: The type of smoke alarm:

Before you go ahead and change or remove anything from your smoke alarm, you must know what type of smoke alarm it is: There are two types of smoke alarms:
  1. Battery powered smoke alarms- which solely run on battery
  2. Hard-Wired smoke alarms- which are powered by electricity (but they also have a back-up battery for when there is a power outages)

Step 2: Indication of a flat battery:

When your smoke alarm requires a change of batteries, it will give off short beeps/ a chirp-like sound in a constant interval of 30 or 60 seconds. This indicates a flat battery. This indicator applies to both a battery powered smoke alarm and Hard-wired smoke alarm.

Step 3: Remove cover of Smoke Alarm

Some smoke alarm covers are twistable and easy to take off, while others require a screw-driver to remove.

Step 4: Replace Battery

Take out the old batteries and replace with new batteries. Once replaced, slowly twist back/screw back the cover.

Step 5: Test

Locate the test button on your smoke alarm and test to see if the new batteries work. If they do not, check to ensure that batteries are placed properly and retry.

In some cases, the above five (5) steps will not work. This means that you will need to replace the smoke alarm.

Reference

Pritchard, L (2020) How often should smoke alarm batteries be changed, Retrieved from
https://smokealarmed.com.au/how-often-should-smoke-alarm-batteries-be-changed/

Wallender, L (2021) How to Change a battery in a smoke detector, Retrieved from
https://www.thespruce.com/replacing-smoke-detector-battery-4768436

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GENERAL WAYS TO RECTIFY A CLOGGED SINK ( DIY Repairs )

Fixing a clogged sink

Before you pick up your phone to call your local plumbing professional, you can be able to repair/fix a clogged sink or pipe yourself. Most clogged sink or clogged pipes are caused by build-up of particles in the pipe. The following can help you remedy the problem.

Note: Before attempting any of these methods, ensure you are aware of the fittings and design of your home’s plumbing system to avoid any serious damage.

Use a plunger – If the water in your sink cannot drain, you can use a plunger to dislodge the clog.

Step 1:

Remove dirty water in the sink and refill it with fresh/new water to allow the plunge to work. Ensure that there is enough water in the sink to submerge the plunge.

Step 2:

Place plunge over drain opening/sink hole and plunge up and down in a rapid motion. Slightly plunge up ensuring suction is still in place.

Step 3:

Continue until you dislodge the clog.

If this does not remedy the issue, then you can see below the next option.

Hot Water – If the water in your sink cannot drain out, you can use hot water to dislodge the clog.

Step 1:

Remove the dirty water from the sink until sink is completely empty. This will allow the hot water to enter sink hole directly.

Step 2:

Boil your water.

Step 3:

Once the water boils, pour it directly into the drain opening/sink hole at a steady stream.

Step 4:

Repeat two to three times in order to properly dislodge the clog.

However, if this does not dislodge the clog, then see below for next possible remedy.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture – The baking soda and vinegar mixture helps to dissolve whatever that is clogging up the pipes.

Step 1:

Remove dirty water from sink until sink is completely empty. This will allow the mixture to be poured directly down pipe.

Step 2:

Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar.

Step 3:

Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to unclog the drain or dissolve the matter.

Step 4:

Pour hot water or use hot water from tap to wash the mixture as well as the substance of the clog down the drain.

This last option is a simple method to rectify the issue.

U-Trap – The U-trap is a pipe just below your sink. This can be removed to let the substance causing the clog to be removed manually.

Step 1:

Place dish or bucket under pipe to catch a spillage when trying to remove U-trap.

Step 2:

Carefully unscrew the threaded caps of the pipe and slowly remove.

Step 3:

Clean out the U-trap/pipe.

Step 4:

Reinstall pipe properly.

Below are some preventive measures you can follow to avoid clogging your sink or pipe:

  1. Avoid washing down food particles into drain
  2. Avoid washing down hair strands into drain
  3. Do not pour oil down drain
  4. Block sink and fill up water. Once full, take out plug and let water drain out. Do this so the fast draining water will wash out any particles that are attached to the pipes. Do this often to clean out pipes so there is no build-up particles.Most often the DIY solutions for a clogged sink are able to solve the issue. However, if they don’t, then the issue is out of your control and that is when you call a plumber.Doing repairs yourself, helps you to reduce cost and also helps you to understand better ways to take care of your home.

Most often the DIY solutions for a clogged sink are able to solve the issue. However, if they don’t, then the issue is out of your control and that is when you call a plumber.
Doing repairs yourself, helps you to reduce cost and also helps you to understand better ways to take care of your home.

Reference

Stickley, A (March, 2021) How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink, New York, The Spruce, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/search?q=dislodge+a+clog&client=ms-android-samsung

Detour (2020) 7 Ways to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink, California, Detour Plumbing, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/search?q=dislodge+a+clog&client=ms-android-samsung-

Dulude, K (2021) How to Clean a Drain Pipe, California, Wikihow, May 2021 at
https://www.google.com/searchq=dislodge+a+clog+boiling+water&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiUq7O4mr7wAhUKeH0KHfXbCeUQ2-cCegQIABAB&oq=dislodge+a+clog+boiling+water&gs_

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EXISTING HOMEOWNER TESTIMONIAL

Steven Gibson – Homeowner

We love our new home and the community that it’s part of, it’s what we’ve always wanted and thanks to Glory Group we have a beautifully designed house. It’s stylish, of quality build and offers us the privacy and security we need for our family. We especially love the ensuite cabin feature that’s perfect for mama and papa. Being part of the Skyview Estate gives us a secure home surrounded by nature through the wonderful landscaping with the convenience of being located in POM. Glory Group made the entire process easy for us and we definitely recommend them to anyone looking to build a beautiful home for their family.

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WHY HOUSE INSPECTIONS ARE A MUST FOR PNG HOMEOWNERS

1. Real Life Vs. Advertisement

Information provided on an advertisement differs slightly to the real thing. The brochure may mention that the home has 90 square metres of floor space accompanied with a land area of about 40 square metres but unless there is an inspection, a realistic perspective of life with you or your family in terms of budget and lifestyle cannot be made. At Skyview Estate, there are a range of different house models suited to different budgets, family sizes and lifestyle needs. Home inspections enable current and potential homeowners to confirm if the house/unit ticks off all the boxes for them.

2. Seeing the different aspects of the neighbourhood/suburb

You get to see the neighbourhood or suburb that you will be spending the next 20 or so years living in. When our Sales & Marketing executives have inspections, they talk not only about the house/unit being inspected but about also other amenities and services within Skyview Estate. For example at Skyview Estate, there are infrastructural developments such as paved roads, drainage, perimeter fencing and fencing around each house/unit and with other services located within the estate such as an internet cafe, gym and shop; another plus is that there is a bus stop right outside the estate, providing easy access to public transportation for those without vehicles. Also Skyview Estate is connected to main service providers for utilities such as power, water and sewerage and garbage collection. This is the kind of information any good real estate person should explain to any prospective homeowner. Our Sales and Marketing executives are experts in helping Papua New Guineas choose a house that fits their individual requirements.

3. Checking out the security aspect of the neighbourhood/suburb

Another important factor to consider, especially in Port Moresby, is the security aspect as well given the crime rate in all parts of the city. At Skyview Estate, perimeter fencing around the entire estate and around the clock security guards provide an extra layer of security.

To sum up, we reiterate – inspections are critically important to avoid disappointment. After all, owning a house or property is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in life. If you would like to come for an inspection at Skyview Estate, we have open show house inspections* every Saturday and Sunday. With open show house, any members of the general public can visit Skyview, without a prior appointment, to do an inspection. The inspections are group inspections starting at the following scheduled timings –

• 1st group – 9:30 a.m.
• 2nd group – 10:10 a.m.
• 3rd group – 10:50 a.m.

Inspections during the week (Monday to Friday) are only by prior appointment with any one of our Sales & Marketing executives. Otherwise, please click here to contact us.

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SKYVIEW ESTATE – MORE THAN JUST HOUSES…

Skyview Estate, situated along the ATS road, 7 Mile in Port Moresby, is more than just houses. It is a complete residential estate that enables and promotes community living. In the past few years, a lot of work has gone into the construction and development of the estate. In this article, we discuss some of the ‘extras’ that make Skyview Estate more than just houses.

1. Building Trunk Infrastructure & Other Infrastructure Development

Trunk infrastructure is shared infrastructure for communal use within an area such as a suburb or neighbhourhood. Examples of trunk infrastructure are main public access roads, drainage system, street lights and connection lines to major utilities such as power, water and sewerage. Usually, the responsibility of building trunk infrastructure lies with the government. For Skyview developer – Glory Development Limited (GDL) worked in partnership with each responsible authoritative body, in putting in place all trunk infrastructure within the estate. This was an example of private public partnership (PPP) that has been promoted by the government. With all the trunk infrastructure and other infrastructural development within the estate, Skyview Estate, now is just like any other neighbourhood and suburb within Port Moresby.

At Skyview, you will find the following–
• concrete sealed roads within the estate
• drainage throughout the estate
• concrete sealed car park area within each house and unit
• solar powered street lights throughout each part of the estate
• individual fencing around each house and unit
• perimeter fencing around the whole estate
• built infrastructure to connect utilities such as power, water & sewerage
• recreational area (park & play ground)

2. Building an Estate with Full connection to Main Utility Service Providers

Skyview Estate has full connection to the main utility service providers in the National Capital District for power, water, sewerage and garbage collection. The developer took the necessary steps to making the process of connection to the city’s main utility lines through working collaboratively with PNG Power, Eda Ranu and the National Capital District Commission (N.C.D.C). Even before building began, there were major works that involved connecting the estate to main utility suppliers; works such as putting up power poles and lines, putting up a water and sewerage line to connect water and sewerage and taking the necessary regulatory steps to set up the estate with the N.C.D.C. for garbage collection. With the estate being fully connected to utilities, this makes Skyview Estate just like any other suburb or neighbourhood with the city.

3. Putting in More Amenities and Services to Create a Fully Integrated Community

Apart from all the other extras at Skyview Estate, there has been the inclusion of other amenities and services for the convenience of homeowners and the surrounding community or visitors to the estate.

In 2017, a commercial shop lot building ‘Kings Plaza’ was built which features:
• an internet cafe
• a fully operational gym
• a convenience shop
• many more will be announced in the near future

In early 2018, PNG Paradise College (also known as PNG Paradise High School), set up the building of its new campus at Skyview Estate. The college campus will include classes from kindergarten to Grade 12. Currently, only senior grades (Grades 9-12) have moved to the Skyview Estate campus but as the campus expands, the lower grades will gradually move to this new campus over time.

4. Contributing to Nation Building, One House at a Time…

The estate is currently in Phase 2 & 3 of its development. At the completion of Phase 2, the estate will have close to 300 built residential allotments; currently, the estate has well over 150 houses already occupied. When fully completed, the estate will have approximately 500 residential allotments. With the current shortage of ‘housing stock’ within Port Moresby and the country as a whole, large scale residential developments such as Skyview increase the number of titled and bankable housing. It also is an answer to the increased demand brought about by the introduction of the PNG – government initiated – First Home Ownership Scheme (FHOS) with the Bank South Pacific. In addition, large scale residential property developments require a large workforce in the construction phase. The building of the estate has provided employment opportunities for hundreds of Papua New Guineans over the past couple of years in a wide range of technical fields from general worker to specialist such as plasterers, fabricators, welders and operators of heavy machinery. So Skyview Estate is contributing to nation building, one house at a time…

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Published 20 July 2018

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8 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CALL SKYVIEW ESTATE HOME

8 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CALL SKYVIEW ESTATE HOME

Many people ask why they should buy a house  at Skyview Estate. In this article, we outline 8 of the main reasons that make Skyview Estate a great choice as a future home for you and your family.

Skyview Estate, one of Port Moresby’s most popular residential housing estate. This estate is located along the ATS road at 7 Mile in the nation’s capital of Port Moresby. So far, over the past three years, close to 200 Papua New Guineans have made and call Skyview Estate home. Currently, Skyview Estate is in Phase 2 of its development with works already in place to head on into Phase 3. So, read on to find out what makes Skyview Estate a great choice…

1. Concrete & Steel Structured Houses

At Skyview Estate, all houses and units are built from concrete and steel. Concrete and steel are considered some of the most durable building materials. Initially the costs of building with concrete and steel are high; but in the long run due to the durability of these two materials, houses require less maintenance. This means less upkeep costs to the homeowner. Another advantage of houses built with concrete are that they are sound proof. This fact comes in handy for homeowners of units (linkhouse and duplex units), who will still have peace and quiet in a unit.

2. Different House Designs & Packages to Choose from

At Skyview Estate, there is a wide variety of choice. The start of each new phase of development at Skyview Estate sees the addition of not only new house models but also sees the inclusion of other new amenities or services. From 2014 to 2018, there have been 10 house models that have been introduced in Phases 1 & 2 and each of the 10 house models range from two bedroom to four bedroom units/houses. There are also different packages to choose from according to the buyer’s personal preferences – whether they’d like to purchase the house unfurnished or furnished with brown and white goods and further more if they’d like back-up water and power. Pictured below are 3 of the 10 house models that are at Skyview, each of the houses has the option of the houses coming fully furnished and/or with back-up water and power.

3. After Sales Support for Homeowners

Once a house is purchased, we have after sales support. Perfection is impossible to reach, so all houses bought at Skyview Estate come with a 1-year warranty for any defects that may have occurred during construction. We also continue to maintain a relationship with current homeowners through their established Skyview Home Owners’ Association (SHOA), to continue to make Skyview one of the best neighbourhoods for its residents.

4. A Land & House Package + Title

Everyone has heard stories about their relatives, friends or colleagues putting the deposit on a house and then discovering that their long awaited home was never built. Others have gone through the process of home ownership, only to discover that the house they were trying to purchase has a duplicate title. Skyview Estate is the real deal, and you can rest assured that none of that will happen here.

Ask any of the home owners that reside there.

Before each house was built,developer Glory Development Limited (GDL), working with the Department of Lands, went through the process of subdividing the land. So, each type of house – from the standalone house to the units, have a legitimate land title. Thus, when you buy at Skyview Estate, you’re buying not only a house but a legitimate title that is bankable and that can be used as security to secure a home loan.

Source: www.lands.gov.pg

5. Close Proximity to the rest of Port Moresby

Skyview is about 15 minutes drive to the rest of the city. With easy access to the Kumul Flyover, this makes it even more easier to connect to Waigani, Boroko and to downtown Port Moresby. The estate as well is connected to the main public bus route, and is part of the Bus 16 route that runs from Gordons to ATS (and vice versa). There is a bus stop located right near the front of the estate.

Source: http://hawkins.co.nz/projects/kumul-flyover-port-moresby

6. Connected to Basic Utilities

All houses built at Skyview, are connected to basic services such as water, power, sewerage as well as garbage collection. GDL has invested heavily into ensuring that all basic infrastructure to connect to the main services were in place, well before the houses were constructed.

7. Other Services Within the Estate

Skyview Estate does not only consist of houses. Recently the estate has seen the addition of a school, an internet cafe, a convenience shop, gym and in the near future, more new service businesses will be added to bring convenience right to the doorsteps of Skyview homeowners and also the wider community from ATS, 8/9 Mile.

8. A Team with Experience to Guide you Through the Process of Home ownership

n Papua New Guinea, the process of home ownership can be confusing and tedious, especially for first time home buyers. Our team has taken many homeowners both at Glory Garden and now Skyview Estate, through the process of home ownership and have built up great working relationships with the various parties involved in the process. At Skyview Estate, the majority of homeowners are first time homeowners and have been led throughout this new process by our experienced team (pictured below).

If you are interested in making Skyview your home, then click here to contact our team or call (+675) 7060 2000 (Digicel)/ (+675) 7668 8860 (Bmobile).

Published: 16 August 2018 – Updated: 31 March 2021

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EXPLAINED – PROPERTY PRICES IN PORT MORESBY

A common question many people have relates to the perceived “expensive” cost of a home at Skyview Estate.  Naturally, this is valid question and this article will shed light on why this is the case. There are several truly unique Papua New Guinean factors that have caused property prices to surge across the market. Prices of Houses in Port Moresby are higher compared to prices in other parts of the country. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss some of the reasons why houses at Skyview Estate may be slightly higher compared to other places.

1. Cost of titled land

About 97% or so of land in Papua New Guinea is traditionally owned land and only about 3% of that is titled State land. Thus, titled land is scarce or hard to come by and according to the ‘demand and supply’ rule, this scarcity pushes up the price of titled land. Now add that inflated price of land to the cost of building a house and there you have it. This is why the prices of houses are so high -the low supply of titled land that is pushing up prices so high.

2. Constructed houses vs. Prefab

There are many advantages of both constructed houses (houses built from scratch) and prefabricated houses (kit houses). Houses at Skyview are constructed houses,  built with concrete and steel and the cost of building with these materials are higher compared to prefabricated houses. The advantages with building constructed houses with concrete and steel are that these materials are durable and over the long term, houses built with these materials require less maintenance and upkeep. If you’ve purchased your home through a home loan, factors like the durability of the materials used in building your house are important. Look at this way; you’d want to know that at completion of  your loan repayment (whether it’s 15, 30 or 40 years from now)  your house will still be in good shape.

3. High Cost of Building Materials

Another factor that adds to our houses being more ‘expensive’ is the high cost of building materials within the country. As much as possible, the building materials used for construction such as gravel, sand, steel, piping, etc are sourced within PNG; but the high cost of these building materials also has a final say in how much the end product will cost. With the current economic situation too over the past couple of years, suppliers have had to put up their prices to deal with the rising costs of their operational costs. Of course, these increased prices are passed on to GDL and then passed onto the final cost of houses. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unimaginable strain on supply chains, increasing costs even further.

4. Amenities, Connected Utilities & Location

Developments or other additions can increase the price of houses. For example, houses and apartment complexes around the Port Moresby CBD area will sell for 50%+ more compared to a house for sale around the Waigani area. As the city of Port Moresby explodes at the seams, the city’s development is gradually moving into other places such as the 7 Mile – 8 Mile area. This as well, makes 7 Mile and 8 Mile areas as desirable to live at.

Other developments as well such as connection to essential utilities such as water, power, sewerage also add to the overall value of houses at Skyview Estate. Other developments such as concrete sealed roads, as well as carports and drainage system all add to the overall value of properties on sale at the estate.

– Important point –

At the end of the day, it is up to your personal preference as to what type of house you’d like to get. Over the past couple of years, the number of housing estates have grown that can cater to different preferences and budgets. The choice is up to you, as the home buyer.

Published: 24 August 2018 – Updated: 31 March 2021

bigoneEXPLAINED – PROPERTY PRICES IN PORT MORESBY
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** Artist Impression Disclaimer: This artist's impression intends to illustrate the appearance of this home, once completed. There is no guarantee that the completed home will comply with any degree of the artist's impression, as shown on the website. The Developer discloses that all colours, textures and finishes are indicative only. The Developer reserves the right to alter any colour, material and or design features, such as orientation and site levels in order to comply with all relevant constraints, including but not limited to local council, planning guidelines, PNG building codes and energy efficiency laws. This Artist impression may include optional facade features.
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