Retaining wall and stump movement.

Retaining wall and stump movement. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

Retaining wall movement causing stumps to move

Considerable leaning of stumps:

  • Movement of this sub-floor retaining wall (at street level) was causing the supporting stumps and the house to move sideways.
  • Rectification and replacement cost will be high.
  • Access to the sub-floor, retaining wall and stumps was very limited.
  • This would require removing a substantial section of the house front to allow access for machinary .

Retaining wall movement

Horizontal gap to top section of this retaining wall caused by pressure against the retaining wall.

The retaining wall is located below the paving, at the street level with no easy access !

Movement of the retaining wall was not identified in a previous building inspection report for the owner/seller.

Important notes:

  • The seller’s building inspection report proved to be costly for them when it came time to sell by understating problems.
  • Their selling price (according to the prospective buyer) did not allow for replacement of the retaining wall and stumps.
  • Cost of rectification would add a considerable sum of money to the purchase price of the house.

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