A guide to Re-Stumping
Restumping – or re-blocking as it’s known in Victoria – is big business in Australia 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’ve bought into.
So next time you’re walking through a property, take note of the following re-stumping red flags:
- Noticeable cracks in the plaster walls
- Doors and windows sticking in their frames
- Squeaky floors
- Merrily clinking glassware on the shelf every time someone walks past…
Time to speak to the experts!
Re-stumping is carried out on a building’s 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 restumping work floor levels need to be reset and it’s possible that the movement will have caused warped doorframes, cracked plaster, damaged tiles and chinks in your ducted heating… so it’s more than likely a bigger job than first anticipated.
But 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 have carried out thousands of home inspections for prospective purchasers so that they can make a realistic appraisal of the property before deciding to buy, renovate or repair.