When putting stumps in the ground, don’t use timber unless you completely tear the part that is below ground level. They can rot out faster than you realize. Either use stirrups or concrete stumps.
When planning your garden bed, always factor in the mature height or size of the plant in question. In other words, don’t plant a Ghost Gum 3 feet from your house.
If you’re tackling a large reno yourself, it is imperative that you start with a level floor and square walls.
When doing any painting, make sure that you prepare the surface by sanding and filling any holes or cracks before applying the paint.
When considering a new home, contact the relevant council and find out if there any issues with the area that you need to be aware of. Ie: Landslip issues in rough areas, zoning issues that may prevent extensions or future development, is the area classed as a termite zone, what major projects are planned in short to medium term that might impact on your lifestyle?
Jack and Dianne, a young couple whom I met recently, were telling me about a house in Ivanhoe that they were considering for purchase. They had done what all smart people do and engaged a company to inspect the property before making an offer.
I thought I would play devil’s advocate and ask some pertinent questions regarding their findings.
After speaking with them for a short period, I had quickly ascertained some discrepancies.
The problems that they explained about the external foundations and the sub-floor stumps, followed by the rectification works that were suggested by the inspector seemed inconsistent.
After coming clean and letting them know that I was an inspector myself, and explaining that what they had been told could not be done, I offered to take a look at the issue myself.
After visiting the property in question and reading the first report; it had been suggested by the first inspector that rectification works would be in the vicinity of $5,000.
I then proceeded to explain and show both Jack and Dianne that the problem that had initially been diagnosed as restumping was in fact underpinning.
Due to the extent of the problem, I then consulted with an expert in this field that I have known for many years. After taking some measurements and discussing all facets of the job at hand we came to the conclusion that this job would cost in the vicinity of $60,000, not $5,000 which was originally quoted by the first inspector.
Thankfully Jack and Dianne had not signed any contracts and quickly withdrew their interest in that particular property.
Although Jack and Dianne had now paid for two inspections, they were both very thankful that they had gone through the process, and not just signed on the dotted line as this would have ended in disaster.
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