25 Jan 2012
A common question that comes up when people are looking to buy real estate, is whether they need to install a water tank. The answer depends on the type of home you’re purchasing. If you’re buying a brand new home, it will come with a water tank because in Queensland it’s mandatory for all new homes to include a water tank.
If you’re buying a home that predates 2007 however, it’s not compulsory for it to come with a water tank, although in the last few years it has become increasingly popular to have a water tank installed.
If you’d like to have a water tank, it can add value to your home, but make sure you’re installing an appropriate size, and have it connected by certified trades people. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re doing the right thing only to find out that the installation has been done incorrectly!
That means you may require building approval from the Brisbane City Council if you’re planning on putting in a water tank. It is always a good idea to find out what your obligations are before committing to any works on your home, and before you fork out for a new water tank! You can seek advice from the council or a BSA licensed building certifier on this.
So if you like the idea of having a water tank, know that if the home you buy was built circa 2007 onwards, it will come with one, but earlier built properties may not. There are plenty of benefits of installing one though, so don’t discount properties without a water tank.