Forum: Window repair costs don’t add up


This week a Flatchatter doesn’t understand how her share of the cost of having all the windows in her building repaired is more that the quote she received for having just her own windows fixed.

What about the savings you should expect from a bulk contract?  Shouldn’t it be cheaper, not more expensive?

Here’s the thing, it all comes down to collective responsibility for common property. And then there are so many variables in play, you end up comparing ducks with apples.

For instance, windows on different sides of the building will weather at different rates due to variations in exposure to the elements. 

If your windows are sheltered compared to your neighbours’, yours will require less work – but you still have to pay your share of repairing the others.

Also, windows on higher floors will need scaffolding, and the higher the floor the more scaffolding will be required. Even if you’re on the ground floor, you still have to pay for the scaffolding.

Then there’s the question of unit entitlements, which determine your share of special levies.  So it’s your share of total costs for the whole building that’s being calculated, not the cost of fixing windows in your apartment.

It may seem unfair but strata is often a case of swings and roundabouts.

People who don’t have cars still have to pay for the car park gate’s maintenance. The same goes for people who use their cars once a month compared to those who drive in and out twice a day.

However, where you might take issue would be if the part of the quote for your windows was more than the quote you received privately for the same job.

That’s when you’d start asking questions.  That’s HERE.

Elsewhere in the forum:

  • What do you do when you have changed strata managers but sent your levies to the old Bpay number and it doesn’t go through?  That’s HERE.
  • Is it too late to complain about the noise from a poorly insulated floor 10 years after the previous upstairs owner laid it down?  That’s HERE.
  • The real estate agent has told the tenant they can have a dog in the apartment, but our block doesn’t allow pets.  What do we do now?  That’s HERE.
  • I want to reconfigure an old one-bedder to a two-bedder, what permissions do I need and from whom?  That’s HERE.
  • Is it worth turning common property that’s only used by individual owners into exclusive use areas attached to their lots? That’s HERE.

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