Buying a timber house on stumps? Here are some tips on things to look for.
Always check to see if windows open and close easily. Check the doors also. If they don't, this an indication of sub-floor movement.
If it's a low to the ground house (lowset), it’s always good to take a torch. You’ll be able to see any obvious problems with stumps cracking or crumbling concrete posts. Also you may notice rusting steel posts or decaying timber posts. If it’s a high from the ground house (highset) check that any block work or walls that have been built between the stumps have been built correctly.
Access to the old posts when restumping in very important. The amount of demo and poor access has a large bearing on the cost to replace the posts. Also, if it’s very low to the ground it will take more time to do the work, therefore it costs more than an average job, as all the rectification work is done from laying on our bellies or on our knees.
Ask your building inspector to give you as many details on the posts as he/she can. For example, height from ground, the amount of stumps that need replacing and how level the floor is. All these details will help when you call us for a price during the buying process.
Look for any renovations done to house as these may hamper levelling the house later on.
Here at Paul Simpson Restumping have been servicing the Brisbane area for 33 years. We are happy to help by giving you the correct information in regards to the sub floor area when buying a house.
I’m proud to announce that my son, Mark Simpson, is in the process of learning our trade now he has finished his carpentry apprenticeship. It gives me great pride knowing he is the 3rd generation of our family to carry on our name in the Brisbane house restumping industry.
If you are considering replacement of your house stumps, get the complete job done. We not only replace house stumps but we also do the retaining walls and paling walls as well. See what can be done under and around your house now. Contact us for a free quote on the end-to-end restumping job
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In early Queensland homes, old and mismatched house posts detract value from an otherwise nice piece of colonial and post-federation history. If your stumps have seen better days, or if you want to add some serious kerb appeal, ask us about stump replacement and paling walls to suit the natural charm of Queenslanders, original bungalows and workers cottages. Contact us now for a free quote.
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While they may be big and look solid enough, being organic, timber stumps are susceptible to all kinds of external environmental factors. In this example we see a timber stump that has completely failed because the weather and ground water have caused the timber to rot. Imagine it trying to take the weight of many tonnes that a house subjects it to. Here the homeowner has taken proactive action and had the affected stumps replaced. It will ensure the integrity of the house for many years to come. To have your timber stumps checked for wear and rot, contact us now.
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