Movement of unit complex in Hamilton, a North East suburb of Brisbane,
carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.
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 that must be gained by any building inspection company you may employ.
- The use of photos will help a buyer achieve a better understanding as to the severity from a visual aspect, that text alone cannot do.
Extensive movement to interior of the unit since repainting and patching, this indicates that the movement has not stopped and has a high probability of continuing.
Building complex movement, important notes:
- The majority of building inspectors rely upon Body Corporate searches to do the work for them.
- Body Corporate records will only identify what has been brought to their attention.
- Tenants, owners and Body Corporate are rarily builders, don’t rely upon them for their opinion.
- Owners and tenants are not Building inspectors and are not likely to identify problems a competant Buiding inspector will pick up.
- Exterior of the building must also be checked and compared with the unit interior to make a more accurate assessment. Especially if movement has occurred.
Do not lose sight of the fact that you may be part owner of the complex and a portion of rectification cost will come out of your pocket.
Before employing an inspector:
- Ask if your inspector looks at any areas around the building that can easily be accessed.
- Don’t waste your money using them if they don’t!
- Request photos for proof of access also to allow you to gain a better understanding of the problems, whether serious or not.