Pre-sale building inspection benefits, in Archerfield

by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home buyers Inspection Service.

  • Pre-sale building inspection of a house in Archerfield for an interstate owner.
  • The property was orinally purchased without a building inspection.

Costly mistake and it gets worse

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Stretched paint indicating movement has occurred since exterior of the house was painted.

This is an indication of recent movement and has a high probability of further movement! 

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Significant downwards bow of a concrete beam supporting external brick wall of this house. This is caused from pier and footing movement.

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More external wall movement also concrete coming away from corner of the building.

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Concrete supporting pier to corner of the building that has moved downwards.

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Movement of concrete balcony slab causing it to come away from external walls of the house.

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Extensive large cracks to the internal concrete walls, from movement.

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Significance sag to valley of the roof caused by the roof structure being supported off the ceiling structure. This required immediate attention to avoid potential collapse. 

Pre-sale building inspection benefits, Important notes:

  • The owner was informed by an unscrupulous trades-person (recommended by the rental agent) that it would cost approximately $50,000 to rectify the problems. This cost was only to patch and paint over the external and internal walls of this house, not to fix the problem.
  • This would not have included reinforcing the footings (underpinning) to avoid the likelihood of further movement.
  • The owner was also informed it would cost a considerable amount more (but did not indicate a price) to replace the rotting internal walls.
  • With my inspection I found all of the external and internal walls to be constructed with concrete, not a material that would rot!

A Pre-sale building inspection report by Peter Weddell, highlighted the following:

  • Identified the problems and noted their severity.
  • Made recommendations on economical methods of rectification and alternatives.
  • Allowed access to the inspector for advice in the future to insure not being ripped-off again.
  • Suggestions on items that required priority before re-sale of the property.
  • Recommended full disclosure on major items to potential buyers, when reselling.

The recommendations will help the seller achieve a smooth sale, when reselling the property.

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