Vendor report inaccuracy-Oxley, a Southern suburb of Brisbane

Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.

Problems missed or severely understated by a building inspection service. The inspector was Acting on behalf of a seller and recommended by the agent.

Considerable sagging to roof and ceiling:

This roof was supported off a binder beam that was not sufficient in its size to carry the roof load. Causing the roof and ceiling joists to sag significantly.

The problem was not mentioned in the vendors building inspection report, given to the prospective buyer to help the sale of the house proceed. Fortunately the buyer had the sense to obtain their own independent, unbiased report from Peter Weddell.

Vendor report inaccuracy

Weight of the roof is causing the ceiling joists to bow upwards (where joined).

Although a common method of roof construction in the 70’s it is by no means acceptable and requires reconstructing.

Vendor report inaccuracy

This house was advertised as the lower area being suitable for conversion to a habitable area.

Vendor report inaccuracy

Rising damp:

Rising damp to lower external brick walls causing deterioration to bricks from lack of damp-course barriers. Not mentioned in the vendors report!

High moisture meter readings from rising damp to the slab. Not mentioned in the vendors report!

Vendor report inaccuracy

Leaking from the roof causing extensive damage to the ceiling linings requiring them to be replaced. Understated in the vendors report!

Vendor report inaccuracy

Significant undulation to rear external wall of the house from slab and footing movement. Not mentioned in the vendors report!

Vendor report inaccuracy

Paint line to the brick wall shows the degree of movement to these walls. Significant and extensive movement to external brick walls of the house from footing movement. Not mentioned in the vendors report!

Problems were:

  • Ceiling height being approximately 140 mm under code requirements.
  • No damp-course barriers fitted.
  • Lack of rebate to the slab edge.
  • Rising damp to the lower brick walls and from the slab.

Very important notes:

  • Vendor report inaccuracy proves to be very costly!
  • Age of a building is not an excuse to omit or understate serious problems in a building inspection report

DO NOT FALL INTO THE TRAP OF ACCEPTING A “FREE” BUILDING INSPECTION REPORT FROM THE AGENT OR SELLER!

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