House Sales Fall Through
At Moisture Detection Company, we see many sales of houses with monolithic cladding fall over at the last minute because the buyer’s Pre-Purchase Inspector issues an unfavourable report, which puts either the buyer or their bank off the deal.
Many of the issues are minor, or may just be possible problems. Pre-purchase inspectors can’t actually see inside your walls but they know about the general problems with untreated timber, no cavities and monolithic cladding. They know that there may be leaks and decay they can’t detect and they know about the risk factors that can lead to problems. And they certainly know how to write about this in their reports.
They will point out the lack of cavities, risks with untreated timber, no eaves, bad or missing flashings, no ground clearance to the cladding, flat roofs, balconies and pergolas fixed to the house, internal guttering and so on. They know what to look for and report on.
And do you know what? They are 100% correct and would be negligent if they didn’t alert their client to the risks with the house.
This is the plaster house stigma, and every single plaster house is devalued as a result.