Costly inaccurate building inspection report

Learn how an inaccurate building inspection report can cost far more than a decent inspection report fee, in rectification costs. QBIS.

Examples of serious problems that were not identified in a sellers building inspection report.

The sellers report was carried out by a well known nationwide company.

Fortunately the prospective buyer of this house employed Peter Weddell and received an independant inspection, otherwise it could have proven very costly for the prospective buyer.

Inaccurate inspection reports

Inaccurate inspection reports

Damage caused to sub-floor timber from seepage.

Seepage through this block retaining wall where the outside soil was higher than the sub-floor timber frame, should have been picked up by the previous building inspector. This would be an expensive fix.

Building report drain inaccuracy

Drain of sub-floor not fitted correctly.

This drainage grate was far too high allowing water to pond to majorty of a sub-floor area. This is not healthy for the house nor its inhabitants.

Building report drainage inaccuracy

Inaccurate inspection report. Improper drainage to house sub-floor.

Water line to block wall of the sub-floor area showing depth of the ponding water. This is a serious problem that must be identified by an experienced building inspector to avoid costly consequences and potential health problems with inhabitants of a house.

Inaccurate inspection reports

Lack of proper sub-floor drainage causing building supports to rust.

Apart from rusting columns and lack of 100mm concrete mound above the soil level (this is a Building code requirement that few builders adhere to). Neither major faults were mentioned in the sellers building inspection report

Rusting of the columns also often causes fracturing of the concrete footings that surround them. This is very costly to have rectified as the footing must be removed and replaced, often in confined areas and without machinary.

Coverup of rusting steel columns supporting a house.

This is only a temporary fix so the fault and its rectification expense gets passed onto the next owner if not made aware of by an independent building inspector. This expensive fault is often understated in building reports by inspectors or as in this case, not mentioned!

Rising damp and seepage to block wall from lack of dampcourse and water-proofing.

This serious problem will cause rotting of timber and may also attract termites if not alerted by building inspectors so it can be addressed.

Inaccurate inspection report. Obvious fault not included in sellers inspection report.

Window within a shower recess without proper protection. This will cause rot to the wall framing from seepage over the long term.

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