Building and pest inspections in Brisbane West
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Building And Pest Inspections – Essential For Properties In Brisbane West!

Whether you’re dreaming of buying one of the immaculate and unique older properties or a stylish new build in this area, building and pest inspections in Brisbane west are a must! Read on to learn more about the major challenges of property ownership in the west.

Why Are Building And Pest Inspections In Brisbane West Essential?

The things that make living in Brisbane’s western suburbs so appealing can often be the same things that cause challenges for new home owners. Character homes and proximity to bushland or river frontage are highly desirable, but can also lead to flooding, pests and drainage problems!

Challenge number one: storms

November 2008 saw The Gap and parts of Kenmore hit by a storm with winds equivalent to a Category 3 cyclone. While most homes have since been repaired, a building and pest inspection is the best way to ensure the integrity of the repairs. An inspection can pick up something as small as a couple of broken roof tiles that have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Naturally, residents hope that the devastating storms of 2008 will not return in their lifetime. But the western corridor is still subject to heavy downpours, particularly during summer. It’s these substantial rain events that can cause flooding due to inadequate drainage, subsequently subjecting the property to internal water penetration, water up against external walls, increased risk of termite activity and foundation movement.

Prepare your home for the wet season by having building and pest inspections on your Brisbane West property. Get prepared, call Action Property Inspections NOW!

Challenge number two: properties affected by the 2011 floods

Seven years have passed since the horrific Brisbane floods of 2011, which left many homes destroyed, including some in the western corridor. Thanks to ongoing insurance claims and repairs, many homes no longer show signs of damage. But it’s what you can’t see that is a concern!

Some suburbs in Brisbane’s west affected by the flood include:

Across these suburbs you’ll see a mix of high and low-set brick homes, timber colonial homes, renovated post-war homes, modern timber homes, workers’ cottages and apartment complexes. Although no obvious damage may remain, it’s essential to speak to a building and pest inspector who understands the history of this part of Brisbane. They will know the signs to look for if any repairs have not been carried out to code or, worse, if lingering damage remains.

Flood damage – the tell-tale signs

An experienced professional from Action Property Inspections will determine if a property presents any areas of concern during a thorough building and pest inspection of your Brisbane West property. Tell-tale signs of water damage include:

  • swollen doors
  • bent windows
  • mould in walls and ceiling/insulation
  • damaged adhesive on floor and wall tiles, which could retain contaminants
  • mould in the voids behind kitchen kickboards
  • paint damage
  • decayed timber
  • swelling and shrinkage in timber
  • compromised chemical termite barriers.

Challenge number three: colonial properties

Mother Nature is not always to blame; old age also takes its toll on homes. Brisbane’s western corridor enjoys a rich development history, including many stages of building and modernisation.

Take Sherwood, for example, which was originally a farming area. Homes here date back to 1862! In 1880, the Queensland Premier, Thomas McIlwraith, bought a house in what is now Auchenflower. He named the property after his family estate in Scotland, another indicator of the potential age of properties in this suburb.

Also in 1880, nearby Toowong became a ‘villa’ suburb for elite public figures. It was here they built gracious homes on the hills and along the Brisbane river. These homes are prestigious, but flood prone!
How wonderful to live in an area rich with history like this! But a colonial home does present unique challenges when it comes to property ownership. With age comes more maintenance than a much younger home. What’s more, the redevelopment of former farming land may lead to problems with levelling and drainage.

Another common building style in Brisbane’s west is the celebrated timber ‘Old Queenslander’. Perched high on wooden stumps, these homes can suffer wood rot, have increased risk of termites and be prone to subsidence and cracks in walls and tiles. They may even require complete restumping, which can be costly.

Owning a vintage home is a labour of love. Maintenance is usually ongoing but rewarding. There’s a certain sense of pride when able to maintain a piece of Brisbane’s historic past – and there’s plenty to be found in Brisbane’s west.

Challenge number four: Trees

One of the reasons many people take up residence in the western corridor is its green surrounds. Parks, reserves, forests, leafy backyards and tree-lined streets are commonplace. This abundant greenery lends instant appeal to homes in the area, but, once again, this comes at a price.

Tree roots can make their way underneath a house and cause problems with the structure. Roots can get into drainage systems and cause blockages and broken pipes. Large overhanging tree branches can also be hazardous, particularly during a big Brisbane storm.

Don’t let one of the best things about Brisbane’s west deter you from purchasing a house here! Action Property Inspections can assess the tree situation in your potential new property before any of these small concerns become bigger issues.

Yes, suburbs in Brisbane’s western corridor have their unique challenges, but that shouldn’t deter any prospective buyer. Just be sure to have all the necessary information before you buy your beautiful Brisbane home by booking thorough building and pest inspections for Brisbane west.

Contact Action Property Inspections to book building and property inspections for Brisbane west and have full peace of mind about your investment.

Andrew

About Andrew

Andrew Mackintosh has been answering home inspection questions in the greater Brisbane area since 1995. He has personally carried out over 20,000 building inspections and is a licensed builder and licensed building inspector, Member of Queensland Master Builders Association & Institute of Building Consultants. Being the business owner and the inspector, Andrew is passionate about providing clients with excellent customer service, value for money, honest, unbiased, thorough inspection and reporting in a professional and timely manner to allow clients to make informed decisions when purchasing property.