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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.
17 05, 2020

Unlicensed building-pest inspectors

2020-05-20T06:19:55+10:00May 17th, 2020|Before employing a building inspector, Choosing a building inspector, Costly "free" seller-vendor inspection reports, Unlicensed building-pest inspectors|Comments Off on Unlicensed building-pest inspectors

Unlicensed building-pest inspectors, carrying out Building and Pest inspections around Brisbane. Courtesy of Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. This post exposes how you can easily employ unlicenced and inexperienced inspectors without knowing, by not carrying out your research and asking the right questions! A Building Construction Commission search revealed that separate [...]

15 05, 2020

High-set house sold as a 2 storey house

2020-05-16T07:27:09+10:00May 15th, 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 [...]

15 05, 2020

Tips for sellers on potential property sale breakers

2020-05-16T07:28:12+10:00May 15th, 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. These are some of more outstanding reasons I have observed for property sales not proceeding: Sellers and sometimes Agents, not disclosing or covering [...]

1 05, 2020

Building problems with Ipswich Queenslander

2020-05-24T06:27:50+10:00May 1st, 2020|Building movement, Dangers of buying property over the internet!, Deck & veranda problems, Stump Movement|Comments Off on Building problems with Ipswich Queenslander

Building problems with Ipswich Queenslander. Extensive and significant problems identified in a building inspection. Carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Inspection of a property in the Ipswich area for an interstate buyer that had not seen the property apart from photos posted on the internet. Fortunately the client had [...]

1 05, 2020

Shower/bath not properly installed

2020-05-18T06:33:56+10:00May 1st, 2020|Bathroom problems, Design faults, Leaking shower, New renovation problems|Comments Off on Shower/bath not properly installed

Shower/bath not properly installed, in Camp Hill, Eastern suburb of Brisbane by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service: When installing a shower outlet above a bath, the wall tiles must extend into the side and rear lips to avoid seepage and rot to the walls and floor. Both the shower base and [...]

1 05, 2020

Asbestos in buildings around Brisbane

2020-05-24T07:43:03+10:00May 1st, 2020|Asbestos|Comments Off on Asbestos in buildings around Brisbane

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

1 05, 2020

Concrete cancer to a unit complex in St Lucia

2020-05-24T07:25:20+10:00May 1st, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling), Unit problems|Comments Off on Concrete cancer to a unit complex in St Lucia

Concrete cancer to a 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 [...]

1 05, 2020

New retaining wall fault in Mitchelton

2020-05-25T06:42:51+10:00May 1st, 2020|Retaining wall problems|Comments Off on New retaining wall fault in Mitchelton

New retaining wall fault in Mitchelton, a Northern suburb of Brisbane. identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Capping secured to the blocks with glue ! Close-up showing lack of reinforcing and no core fill with concrete to reinforce the wall and avoid movement. Builder & developers trick: They often terrace [...]

1 05, 2020

Understated building reports

2020-05-21T06:43:04+10:00May 1st, 2020|Auction-buying traps, Costly "free" seller-vendor inspection reports, Understated Inspection Reports|Comments Off on Understated building reports

Understated building reports. Carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Examples how it can be costly to accept a building report from a seller and/or agent before an auction. Problems identified in Peter's building inspection report differed considerably to a report supplied by the agent & seller to a prospective [...]

1 05, 2020

Dangerous roof in Everton Park

2020-05-26T06:19:19+10:00May 1st, 2020|Dangerous building structures, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Dangerous roof in Everton Park

Dangerous roof in Everton Park, a northern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. What were they thinking?  Cutting out main supports of these roof trusses to fit this garage door could have proven costly, if not for advice from Peter Weddell on how to rectify the problem, economically. [...]

1 05, 2020

Concrete cancer below a St Lucia house

2020-05-24T07:20:31+10:00May 1st, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling)|Comments Off on Concrete cancer below a St Lucia house

Concrete cancer below a 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 [...]

1 05, 2020

Dangerous rotting decks in Brisbane

2020-05-26T08:05:58+10:00May 1st, 2020|Dangerous building structures, Deck & veranda problems|Comments Off on Dangerous rotting decks in Brisbane

Dangerous rotting decks in 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 [...]

1 05, 2020

Roof problems covered over around Brisbane

2020-05-25T05:59:58+10:00May 1st, 2020|Cover-ups!, Roof leaking, Roof Problems, Roof tile coating problems|Comments Off on Roof problems covered over around Brisbane

Roof problems covered over around Brisbane. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. This roof was only coated three months before the photo was taken ! More peeling, different roof. Roof painted over rusting roof sheeting. Damage to roof truss of a valley caused by consistent leaking of a roof. Damage [...]

1 05, 2020

New concrete stumps fracturing in the suburb of Wavell Heights

2020-05-24T07:34:52+10:00May 1st, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling), Concrete stumps fracturing|Comments Off on New concrete stumps fracturing in the suburb of Wavell Heights

New concrete stumps fracturing in the suburb of Wavell Heights, North 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 [...]

1 05, 2020

Asbestos in the suburb of Holland Park

2020-05-24T07:47:06+10:00May 1st, 2020|Asbestos|Comments Off on Asbestos in the suburb of Holland Park

Asbestos in the suburb of Holland Park, a Southern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Asbestos products were a readily available and popular building product used throughout the 1940's right through to the late 1980's and in some materials, into the early 1990's. The greater majority of houses [...]