Repiling is big business in New Zealand and can be a very costly exercise, particularly if you don’t know what you’re looking at and you don’t understand what you have bought into.
So next time you’re walking through a property, take note of the following repiling red flags:
Noticeable cracks in the plaster walls
Doors and windows sticking in their frames
Merrily clinking glassware on the shelf every time someone walks past
Time to speak to the experts!
Repiling is carried out on a buildings foundations, where damaged or decayed stumps and sub-floor elements are completely replaced.
It involves jacking up the house and removing the existing (usually) timber wooden stumps and replacing them. During the repiling, work floor levels need to be reset and it is possible that the movement will have caused warped doorframes, cracked plaster, damaged tiles and chinks in your ducted heating and so it’s more than likely a bigger job than first anticipated.
But a building inspection with Jim’s Building Inspections is the best way to avoid expensive problems is to be aware of them before your purchase your house or before you undertake repairs and renovations.
Jim’s Building Inspections are very experienced home inspectors and help prospective purchasers can make a realistic appraisal of the property before deciding to buy, renovate or repair.