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About Peter Weddell

Peter Weddell is a fully licensed builder with unrestricted domestic and commercial builder's licenses and completed building inspection licenses with the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC). He is a founding member of the Institute of Building Consultants. With over 45 years in the building industry, Peter has been full member of the Master Builder’s Association in Victoria and Queensland since 1977.
19 01, 2020

Unlicensed inspectors

2020-01-19T07:13:17+10:00January 19th, 2020|Before employing a building inspector, Costly "free" seller-vendor inspection reports, Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems, Unlicensed inspectors|Comments Off on Unlicensed inspectors

Unlicensed inspectors. A property inspected in the Graceville area, a western suburb of Brisbane Courtesy of Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. This post exposes how you can easily employ unlicenced inspectors without knowing, by not doing research! Important: A Building Construction Commission search revealed that both previous inspectors of this property [...]

19 01, 2020

Tips for sellers on potential property sale breakers

2020-01-19T06:29:45+10:00January 19th, 2020|Disclosure importance|Comments Off on Tips for sellers on potential property sale breakers

Tips for sellers on potential property sale breakers. Courtesy of Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. You can't beat experience! Having operated in the building inspection industry since 1978. Some of more prominent reasons I have observed for property sales not proceeding have been: Sellers and sometimes Agents, not disclosing or covering up [...]

19 01, 2020

High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

2020-01-19T06:30:30+10:00January 19th, 2020|Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Illegal structures, Rising Damp, Rooms not suitable for habitation, Sagging roofs, Seepage|Comments Off on High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house. Building inspection, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service This post highlights serious associated problems that often occur from this type of conversion.   Can the problems be economically rectified ? Definately not, without removing all of the lower floor and rebuilding! [...]

5 01, 2020

Deck dangers

2020-01-18T07:51:20+10:00January 5th, 2020|Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Deck dangers

Deck dangers, by Peter weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection service Deck dangers, extensive rot making these decks unsafe! What is a deck? A timber platform for relaxing or entertaining guests on that is exposed to the weather. Generally built without a roof above. Potential dangers: Decks can collapse and cause serious injury or [...]

2 01, 2020

Roof tile coating problem

2020-01-19T10:17:05+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems, Roof tile coating problems|Comments Off on Roof tile coating problem

Roof tile coating problem, in the Springwood area, a  Southern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service This is what building inspectors will miss, at your expense!  If they are not prepared to get on roofs. Roof tile coating PEELING after only three months! The firm that coated this roof [...]

1 01, 2020

Insulation fire & fatality dangers

2020-01-13T10:22:31+10:00January 1st, 2020|Fire hazard in roof|0 Comments

Insulation fire & fatality dangers. In the Camp Hill area, an Eastern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Fatalities have occurred to some installers of silver foil (building paper). This could potentially happen to anyone that may access the roof interior of a house. Potential dangers: Accumulation of [...]

1 01, 2020

Safety switches

2020-01-19T10:00:46+10:00January 1st, 2020|Safety switches|Comments Off on Safety switches

Safety switches Courtesy of Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Is one safety switch enough to protect you and your family? No. Although not compulsary in Queensland, as a precausionary measure, you should have at least two. One for the light circuit. One for the power circuit. Some equipment also require their [...]

1 01, 2020

Asbestos in building materials

2020-01-13T10:16:57+10:00January 1st, 2020|Asbestos|Comments Off on Asbestos in building materials

Asbestos in building materials Courtesy of Peter Weddell owner/operator of Building Inspections Brisbane and Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service Just a few examples of materials with Asbestos content that were commonly used in the building industry.  Corrugated and flat fibro sheeting attached to walls and roof of this garage Corrugated fibro sheeting to roof of [...]

1 01, 2020

Rotting stumps

2020-01-18T09:33:20+10:00January 1st, 2020|Stump Movement|0 Comments

Rotting stumps, in the Morningside area, an Eastern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service Stumps previously inspected by an engineer doing building inspections that deemed them acceptable! The conclusion in his report identified these stumps (supporting this house) as structurally sound. You make your own judgement by looking at this [...]

1 01, 2020

Unit movement

2020-01-18T13:17:16+10:00January 1st, 2020|Cover-ups!, Importance of photos & access, Movement|Comments Off on Unit movement

Unit movement, in the Bulimba area, a eastern suburb of Brisbane by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of  Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service Movement to rear external brick wall of a unit block. Other inspectors don't look at the exterior of the building or common property, even where it is easily accessible, this can prove to be [...]

1 01, 2020

Asbestos-insurance companies

2020-01-13T10:18:17+10:00January 1st, 2020|Asbestos, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Asbestos-insurance companies

Asbestos-insurance companies Building inspection in the Holland Park area, a Southern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Asbestos products were a readily available popular building product used throughout the 1940's right through to the late 1980's and sometimes later. The greater majority of houses built within those time [...]

1 01, 2020

Rotting deck danger

2020-01-18T07:49:25+10:00January 1st, 2020|Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Rotting deck danger

Rotting deck danger, in Sunnybank, a southern suburb of Brisbane. Identified in a building inspection, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Rotting timber of a deck and stairs from exposure to the elements. This is why it is not advisable to construct a deck without a roof above it. [...]

1 01, 2020

Painted leaking roof’s

2020-01-19T10:10:11+10:00January 1st, 2020|Roof leaking, Roof Problems, Roof tile coating problems|Comments Off on Painted leaking roof’s

Painted leaking roof's identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Peeling of coating: This roof was only coated three months before the photo was taken ! More peeling, different roof. Cover-up: Roof painted over rusting roof sheeting. Rot to roof structure: Damage to roof truss of a valley caused by consistent [...]

1 01, 2020

Deck-veranda problems

2020-01-18T07:55:13+10:00January 1st, 2020|Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Deck-veranda problems

Deck-veranda problems, identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Here are some examples of Queenslander style houses with veranda's built using a similar method of construction to a deck that collapsed in recent years, at Ascot, a eastern suburb of Brisbane. Rectification: The floor joists are checked into the perimeter bearer [...]

1 01, 2020

Rotting stumps

2020-01-18T09:25:34+10:00January 1st, 2020|Stump Movement|Comments Off on Rotting stumps

Rotting stumps, in the Sherwood area, a Western suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Concrete is often poured around bases of old rotten and termite damaged stumps to conceal damage. The first photo shows a timber stump that at first glance appears to be in reasonable condition, but [...]