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House Restumping In Brisbane – Costs And Considerations

House Restumping Required? Don’t Panic!

Your home needs restumping? Don’t panic. House restumping would be a huge undertaking for you, but not when left to the professionals. In Brisbane house restumping is very common. Here’s what you need to know.

How do I know if my Brisbane house needs restumping?

Brisbane house restumping is common, particularly in older properties. There is only so long your stumps will last. House restumping, otherwise known as re-blocking, is one of the oldest trades in Brisbane, undertaken by highly skilled workers. How do you know if your property’s stumps need attention? A home inspection with Action Property Inspections will determine the condition of your stumps. Having said that, before scheduling your inspection, there are signs that indicate issues with the stumps under your house.

Sloping floors

When your floors are uneven, there’s obviously something going on underneath your house. Downward pressure on weakened house stumps can cause your floors to slope. Sometimes you can’t see it, but if you notice objects roll along the floor without a push, the floors probably aren’t level.

Sagging floors

Floors that sag are most certainly a worry, and should definitely not be overlooked. Get a professional inspection done quick-smart to see what’s going on eg deflection to timber floor components such as bearers and joists etc.

Doors won’t close

Your doors or windows won’t function properly; they were closing perfectly before, but over time they’ve decided not to cooperate. This is when you need to question your house foundations and what’s going on with your stumps.

Cracking in interior or exterior walls

Deteriorating house stumps cause movement in your house. Over time, movement in your house causes structural damage. Do you see cracks in your walls, plasterwork or tiling? If you do, think about what is happening underneath your house.

Why do I need my Brisbane house restumped?

When your home inspection report recommends restumping, you need to get it done. Strong foundations are the key to a secure home. If your stumps are failing underneath your feet, you will start to see structural damage. Related structural damage will eventually turn into repair costs. Not only that, but if you leave your house stumps in disrepair, you could face a much more serious consequence; a complete structural collapse. Get a Brisbane house restumping company to fix your foundations quickly, and you will avoid this.

Reasons why house are stumps deteriorate

Every property is different, but common deterioration to house stumps include:

  • Soil conditions. Stumps need replacing when the soil underneath is not favourable. Poor drainage and leaky plumbing, for example, can affect timber stumping. Wet soil won’t be good for the stability of your house foundations.

  • Insect infestations. Those little white ants that are common in South East Queensland are incredibly destructive. Termites can quite literally eat out the stumps of your home beneath you. Termite pest control methods exist, however, it may be too late to save your stumps.

  • Wear and tear. House stumps can last from 15 years up to 80 years. The timing depends on the aforementioned factors; soil, weather, drainage and insects. Australian timber can hold up well against weathering, but eventually all timber will weaken. Steel posts rust and concrete stumps can suffer from concrete cancer (spalling damage). When your house stumps have reached the end of their lifespan, it will be time to call in the experts and get your Brisbane house restumped.

Brisbane house restumping costs

You know Brisbane house restumping isn’t going to be cheap, and that’s because a lot of work is involved. Restumping requires the work of skilled tradespeople. The job can take over 3 days or more to complete.

Costing depends on the size of your house, and whether you’re getting your entire home restumped, or just one area (determined in your property report). Stumps for a typical Queenslander house will need to be longer and therefore incur extra cost. It depends on the number of stumps your property needs, but you could be looking at somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000. A house that is lower to the ground, typically seen in older properties, may cost more than one that has easy access underneath.

What happens during a Brisbane house restumping job?

Restumping means resetting your house. This is done by replacing the stumps that support the floor structure of your property. Workers will jack up the supporting bearers underneath your property, and remove all deteriorating stumps. Then new stumps are put in place, and the bearers are lowered back down with applicable tie down brackets installed to secure your home. Brisbane house restumping is tricky because it must be precise to support your house correctly, and for your floors to be level.

Who can I contact to arrange a house restumping report in Brisbane?

Brisbane based Action Property Inspections provides you with a comprehensive inspection of your property. Owned by a professionally accredited and insured QBSA Master Builder and Licensed Building Inspector, inspections include pest, drainage, plumbing, structure, foundations and more.

Call Action Property Inspections on 1800 642 465 before you consider house restumping for your Brisbane home. Book an inspection today!


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.