1710, 2016

Retaining wall movement

October 17th, 2016|Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on Retaining wall movement


These retaining walls have moved considerably and would require a substantial amount of money to remove and replace, due to limited access with machinery. Replacing them would be labour intensive and costly. Walls over 1 metre in height must be engineer designed and appropriately reinforced. Soil tests and Council approval are also required.


1010, 2016

Stump problems

October 10th, 2016|Stump Movement|Comments Off on Stump problems


Recently inspected house in the western suburbs showing concrete packing fitted to top of all of the concrete stumps. Reasons for packing are either from movement after the original construction of the house or the stumps were incorrectly fitted when originally fitted (very unlikely with this era of house), neither are good. If they […]

310, 2016

Roof Truss Problems

October 3rd, 2016|Roof Problems|Comments Off on Roof Truss Problems

Problems with roof trusses, sagging and dislodged gang-nails (securings to joints). The most economical way to rectify the problems with this roof structure would be to fit more securings to the joints and replace the roof tiles with metal roof sheeting, this would remove a huge amount of weight from the roof structure and remove […]

2609, 2016

Flooding (local)

September 26th, 2016|Flooding, Importance of photos & access|Comments Off on Flooding (local)


There are different types of flooding the main ones being what occurred in the 1800’s, 1974 and more recently in 2011 & 2013. But most are unaware of local flooding that occurs much more often and possibly a number of times in a year. These photos are of the latter category as indicated by […]

1909, 2016

Understated Inspection Reports

September 19th, 2016|Buying at auction problems, Costly mistakes, Importance of photos & access, Understated Inspection Reports, Vendor reports, Vendor Reports Problems|Comments Off on Understated Inspection Reports

Here is a classic example why it is dangerous to accept a building report from a seller before an auction. Numerous items in the vendors report were either not discovered by the inspector or significantly understated to help the sale go through! Don’t be conned into thinking a free report given to you by the SELLING […]

1209, 2016

Seepage through balcony slabs above units

September 12th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage through balcony slabs above units

Problems with a recently inspected relatively new unit in the eastern suburbs.

Seepage has occurred through the balcony slabs above these units to ceilings of the unit interiors below them from lack of appropriate water-proofing of the balcony slabs before the tiles were laid over them. Apart from being an ongoing annoyance to owners/tenants, seepage may […]