When purchasing a house, unit or apartment with a raised deck, verandah or balcony it is vital to ensure that it is safe.

A recent building inspection in Ningi by All Suburbs Building Inspection Reports (ASBIR) discovered extensive issues to the entire verandah structure.

In fact, Senior Inspector Fred Broekman recommended that the area should be cordoned off and not used until urgent rectification works had taken place.
“Very rarely do we see decks or covered entertaining areas in such disrepair.

“The general condition of the covered patio was so poor – including evidence of water penetration, severe wood decay, rust, cracked floor tiles and concrete – that it posed a significant safety hazard to any occupant or visitor to the home,” he said.
Regular building inspections are essential to ensure structural safety. These inspections will check strength and straightness, construction, gaps, decay, corrosion (rust) and termites.
As standard in ASBIR’s pre-purchase building inspection reports, our extensive assessment for outdoor patios or entertaining areas includes:

  • Checking the decking boards and the butt joints in the boards;
  • The handrail and bottom rail to post connections;
  • The balustrading to rail connections;
  • The joist to the house and the joist to the deck connections;
  • Plates to house connections;
  • Bearers and supports and footings. 
  • Plus the inspector will always check the underside as well for decay and termite damage.

Furthermore, for decking adjoining a pool or spa, balconies exposed to the elements or properties near the coast it’s also essential we check for rust of the fixings and connections (nails, screws, metal brackets, bolts etc).

What are the signs of verandah or patio damage?

According to Fred, you should be concerned if you notice any of the following:

  • Blistered paint
  • Changes to the timber such as depression, sagging or loose timbers
  • Termite mud tunnels
  • Fine sawdust around timber
  • Build-up of soil around base of timber, and
  • If you hear any creaks or groans.

Regularly monitoring the condition of your outdoor patio will not only give you peace of mind, but can save you a fortune in repairs or replacement in the future if issues go unnoticed.
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call in the building inspection experts such as ASBIR to provide an independent assessment of your verandah’s condition. Contact us today. 

All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports (ASBIR) is the leading provider of building inspections. We have conducted thousands of residential and commercial pre-purchase building and pest inspections in South East Queensland. We are fully licensed (QBCC Lic.No. 20650) and a Member of Master Builders Queensland.     

Call us on 1300 553 007 or submit a quote request to find out how we can help you take the hassle out of buying or building a new home, or finding the perfect commercial, office or retail space for your business needs.  Let ASBIR give you peace of mind.


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