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Significant Flaw Found In New Home Thanks To Building Inspection In Holland Park

 by Gavin Godfrey

24 Feb 2021

When a new home is built, shouldn't all of the trades work together to make sure there are no structural errors in the final product? Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and additions can always be made that causes the home structure to be threatened, as we found out in this building inspection in Holland Park.

When we initially entered the home, there wasn't much amiss at a first glance. It seemed like a nice, new home that would serve the needs for many families, but then we noticed the sagging ceiling. Because we couldn't work out any obvious cause at a first glance, we entered the roof space of the home, where we was able to determine the structural issue.

Inside roofs of this style, there are a number of trusses that are engineered and designed to carry the span and load of the roof and ceiling. Thanks to their careful engineering in respect to supporting the rood load, even the slightest amount of damage to these trusses can cause both the roof and the ceiling to sag, and though it might not be immediately obvious to the naked eye, this sagging can quickly present a serious hazard to anyone occupying the home. In the middle of two such trusses, someone had cut the support webs to fit in an air-conditioning unit.

Thankfully, we were able to immediately inform the prospective buyer, and they contacted an engineer who designed an addition to the truss, and the seller's arranged for a builder to carry out the work, allowing it to continue to support the weight of the roof while still leaving the aircon in position. Considering the comparative cost of the engineer against having to replace the two roof trusses, the ceiling, or both of them, our building inspection was able to save this buyer a lot of heartache and money down the road.

Sometimes, even newer homes can be hiding glaring and significant structural flaws. Thankfully, as with this Holland Park property, finding these flaws is a simple matter with help from a leading building inspector, and doing so can help you save quite a bit of money down the road. Call Ironside Building & Pest Inspections on 0416 291 179 today to organise your building inspection.

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