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    Default Are Piles a big deal ? Is Borer a big deal ?

    Hi

    I've had a property inspector view a property me and my partner are considering to buy.

    The inspection has said two of the front Piles have rotted away - this is also evident by the front bedroom slightly sloping down.

    He doesn't think this is a big deal and says it will cost around $200 each to fix.

    The property also has borer this too has been noted as minor issue (although some panels have been eaten).

    We will get the experts in but to me Piles and Borer are a big deal right isn't this a major issue with any property and have buyers experienced the same ?

    Thanks FeverPitch

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    Repiling is not a major provided you use an experienced contractor. It is likely the house will have to be jacked to level it out so I would say the $200 is probably a bit optimistic. That would cover just repiling, even then I suspect probably for a large number of piles, doing just 2 will increase the unit costs.

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    Piles can be annoying. An injection solves the problem, but the tool used to get the needle in there can be more than a little uncomfortable if you're not used to that sort of thing. Trust me on that.

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    How much does borer treatment cost?

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    Just keep off the cold concrete ... maybe sit on a pillow and you should be fine

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    from reading up on this people tend to use a Bug bomb but specific companies advice using this and go with their methods - which I need to investigate further.

    Yes Bull Dog I thought $200 each was a little overoptimistic.

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    A bit of borer in the weatherboards, no prob. A lot of borer in the framing, not so good.

    Have a look in the roof space and see if the beams are borer ridden. Ditto under the floor.

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    Age of the house? Any wooden house built before the mid-1940s will have (or have had) borer.

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    the property is 1920's . I didn't know it was such an extensive problem. The larve can be there for 2 to 3 years.

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    That's why treated timber was bought in from the late 1940s.
    Get a quote from one of the borer treatment companies to fumigate the house before you move in - don't muck around with amateur treatments.
    I bought a 1920s with borer 30 years ago, first thing I did was to get it treated.
    No problems from borer since.


 

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