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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.
16 02, 2020

Unlicensed inspectors-beware

2020-02-21T18:28:36+10:00February 16th, 2020|Before employing a building inspector, Costly "free" seller-vendor inspection reports, Unlicensed inspectors|Comments Off on Unlicensed inspectors-beware

Unlicensed inspectors-beware. 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 [...]

16 02, 2020

High-set house sold as a 2 storey house

2020-02-28T07:19:03+10:00February 16th, 2020|Garage conversions to living areas-unapproved, High-set vs 2 storey house, Illegal structures, Rooms not suitable for habitation|Comments Off on High-set house sold as a 2 storey house

High-set house 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! The [...]

16 02, 2020

Tips for sellers on potential property sale breakers

2020-02-16T07:56:33+10:00February 16th, 2020|Tips for sellers|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 [...]

4 01, 2020

Concrete cancer-St Lucia house

2020-02-19T05:52:19+10:00January 4th, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling)|Comments Off on Concrete cancer-St Lucia house

Concrete cancer-St Lucia house, a western suburb of Brisbane, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of  Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Example: Concrete cancer (proper terminology is spalling). Causes: Concrete cancer-spalling (in this particular case) a garden beds were against external brick walls of the house. With constant watering of the plants (from a timed [...]

4 01, 2020

Roof structure danger-Oxley

2020-02-26T07:16:49+10:00January 4th, 2020|Building fallacies, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Roof structure danger-Oxley

Roof structure danger-Oxley, a Southern suburb of Brisbane. Building inspection carried out by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection service. This roof is supported off an undersized beam, which is also causing sagging of the ceiling joists below. This is a common fault with roof structures of many older homes. Considerable sagging of [...]

3 01, 2020

Unit movement-Bulimba

2020-02-24T07:12:12+10:00January 3rd, 2020|Building movement, Cover-ups!, Unit problems|Comments Off on Unit movement-Bulimba

Unit movement-Bulimba, an 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 a costly mistake for [...]

3 01, 2020

Concrete cancer-unit complex in St Lucia

2020-02-19T05:53:30+10:00January 3rd, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling), Unit problems|Comments Off on Concrete cancer-unit complex in St Lucia

Concrete cancer-unit complex in St Lucia, a Western suburb of Brisbane, identified in a building inspection carried out by Peter Weddell  Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Some examples of what the majority of inspectors would miss if not looking at the exterior of a building for problems. Common causes: Seepage through the concrete to the [...]

3 01, 2020

Unit building movement-Hamilton

2020-02-24T07:04:24+10:00January 3rd, 2020|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Unit building movement-Hamilton

Unit building movement-Hamilton, a North East suburb of Brisbane, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Undulation to exterior of this unit building caused by movement. Any building inspector that is not prepared to look at the building exterior would miss this serious problem. These photos show the importance of access [...]

3 01, 2020

New building design faults-Albany Creek

2020-02-26T06:01:29+10:00January 3rd, 2020|Design faults, New house problems, Poor construction methods|0 Comments

New building design faults-Albany Creek, a Northern suburb of Brisbane, inspected by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Faults: Exposed bearers of a designer house with no protection against the weather. Also secured to steel supporting columns with inadequate roof screws, where coach bolts were required. Implications: Potential for partial collapse of [...]

2 01, 2020

Decks & dangers-Brisbane

2020-02-22T08:25:40+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Dangerous building structures, Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Decks & dangers-Brisbane

Decks & dangers-Brisbane, by Peter weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection service Deck & dangers, extensive rot making this deck and its stairs 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 with exposed decks: [...]

2 01, 2020

Termite damage coverup-Tarragindi

2020-02-21T07:11:36+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Termites|0 Comments

Termite damage coverup-Tarragindi, a Southern suburb of Brisbane by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Access to the termite affected areas: Termite damage within this roof required physical access by the inspector. The damage could not be identified from the roof access hole. Other areas were covered with insulation. Your inspector not [...]

2 01, 2020

Old building fallacy-Coorparoo

2020-02-16T09:06:32+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Building fallacies, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Old building fallacy-Coorparoo

Old building fallacy-Coorparoo, a Southern suburb of Brisbane. Inspected by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service: Typical construction for tiled roof's of houses built in and about the 1950's. The above photo shows a poorly constructed and inadequately supported roof structure. Here are a few examples of why they shouldn't build them like [...]

2 01, 2020

New concrete stumps fracturing-Wavell Heights

2020-02-22T08:35:07+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling), Concrete stumps fracturing|Comments Off on New concrete stumps fracturing-Wavell Heights

New concrete stumps fracturing-Wavell Heights, a Northern suburb of Brisbane Some recommendations by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service: Concrete stumps that were replaced approximately 4 years before an inspection. A combination of water entry, ponding of water, rising damp, salts in the soil. Concrete stumps were not the correct product to use [...]

2 01, 2020

Retaining wall movement-Arana Hills

2020-02-19T07:04:17+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on Retaining wall movement-Arana Hills

Retaining wall movement-Arana Hills, a Northern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. These retaining walls have moved and would need a large amount of money to remove and replace. Due to limited access with machinery. Therefore replacing them would be labour intensive and very costly. Large gaps caused by [...]

2 01, 2020

Electrical cables perishing-Mitchelton

2020-02-19T06:07:46+10:00January 2nd, 2020|Dangerous electrical wiring, Electrical faults|Comments Off on Electrical cables perishing-Mitchelton

Electrical cables perishing-Mitchelton, a Northern suburb of Brisbane. Although the first two photos were taken in 2005 by Peter Weddell,  they are still relevant. Important: You can just see above this fuse box a new electrical wire that had been recently fitted, but the electrician left these obviously perished and potentially dangerous electrical wires in [...]