Raising & Sliding...
Pre-Purchase Stump Inspections...
First Home Buyers PLEASE READ...
What You Should Know...
What You Should & Should Not Do...
If youíre thinking of raising and / or sliding your home
on your current block of land, or are considering moving your house to a new location within
Queensland; I am sorry, but I do not do raising, sliding or removal of homes.
However if you read on, the company below is a very
reputable contractor in Brisbane, with many years of experience that would be
most happy to help your out with a quote and reliable advice of what you need to
know and do.
Rick Hoffie T/A HOFFIE R & L MAINTENANCE SERVICES
Phone 33901013 mobile 0408880099.
Rickís family were the first people ever in Brisbane to do house removal, raising, lowering,
sliding and underpinning.
For over 105 years now the Hoffie family have been in the trade giving expert
advice and the highest quality workmanship second to none and a family that you
can really trust...There
has never been a single mistake made causing the loss of a home, they have kept
a perfect success rate for the entire 105 years.
Are you looking at buying your first home or an investment property? Do you
know what or if any problems there are with any of the house stumps? Do you know
what to look for or how much it is going to cost to repair the stumps? Do you
know how much to negotiate with the real estate or seller on the purchase price?
Would you like to buy a home and pay top dollar for it and only find out that
the stumps are in need of replacing? And it is going to cost you more money to
get the home into a safe and liveable condition.
I would not like to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars buying a home, only
to find out that I am going to be up for more money on repairs as well as the
For a small flat fee, I will inspect the house stumps for you
before you pay a
deposit, or sign a contract. I may just save you thousands of dollars.
This way, you will know what condition the house stumps are in and how much
the repairs are going to cost. You can then make an educated decision as to
whether you still wish to buy that property and how much it will cost you to do the
repairs if you do buy the home. This way you can negotiate with the real estate
agent or seller on a reasonable purchase price before you sign any thing at all.
A few recent testimonials from happy clients:
On: 12 March 2012 8:36 AM
Thank you for the excellent report. The report and the conditions under which
you produced the report are clear testament to your commitment to quality. As a
novice property-buyer, the pictures and explanations of the long, long list of
issues with the house are greatly appreciated.
We are terminating the contract this morning.
We really appreciate the effort you have put in. I have not purchased a property
before, and of all the people who I assumed to have my best interests at heart
(because I was paying them), you are the first person who has actually been on
my side. You have saved Anne and I from a dead-set nightmare.
Evan & Anne
On: 19 March 2012 1:02 PM
Hey thanks Glenn,
You have done a great job there for me sub-floor report and quote.
Thanks so much for your help to date youíre a legend you have saved me spending
$950K, on a property that was only worth half the asking price. Youíre quote to
repair the sub-floor foundations was comprehensive, not even the building
inspector was as comprehensive in his report as you were thank you again you
really are a credit to your profession.
Should any of my friends or I hear of any one for that matter looking to
purchase a property, I will highly recommend you to them as your skills are
truly out standing.
I am putting the wheels in motion today to get out of the contract, based on
your good and thorough advice, so Iíll be taking you up on another inspection
Thanks again Glenn,
They may have had a full garden make over, fresh coat of paint, a front or back
deck or both...A nice paved driveway and side paths - all very nice I agree, for the
work has been done for you...Nothing to spend in the yard.
But this is often nothing more than a cosmetic make over - a selling point to keep you from
seeking out real problems for you think this house is well maintained but sadly itís
sometimes nothing more than an aesthetic disguise to entice you to part with your money.
Everyone looks at the renovations inside the home; the gardens what a great view
from the deck, but no one gives a thought to the condition of house stumps - sad
but true - out of sight out of mind until it is too late!
Ask yourself are you looking to buy a home to live in, or a cosmetic make over?
It's your money - decide wisely.
contact a house re-stumper and obtain some quotes to replace the old rotted wood
or cracked concrete stumps or rusted steel columns
Ask the person quoting your home how many genuine years experience do
they have in the trade? How long have they been self employed? Where
did they learn their trade and from who?
they carry contract works and public liability insurance & with whom? And for
how much are they covered up to? What does it cover and what does it not
cover? If they use sub-contractors - are they covered under his policy to
be on the property to carry out any work?
Does the contractor have a BSA license and does that license cover the scope of
work for the contract? If not, does the contractor employ an on-site licensed
project manager with a current BSA license? Ask to see the said license.
the contractor what the quote does and does not cover and what you are getting
for your money, because price does
matter as the more
you want, the more you will have to pay.
Remember; There is a
big difference between a BSA license and a person that only
has an A.B.N. (Australian business number) or an A.C.N. (Australian company number).
the contractor supply written references from passed clients? Can you
contact the clients to ask about their work and if they were happy and got value
the contractor is self-employed, does he carry an income protection policy for
himself in case he is hurt on site? Does he pay work-cover for his
employees in case one or more are hurt on site?
(9) Can the contractor
provide the policy numbers and are the policy numbers stated on the quotations?
(10) It is
responsibility to know this, ask the questions and to know if the people
on your property are employees or sub contractors, as it is your home ownerís
public liability insurance policy that will be in question if a person is hurt
on your property and the employer is not covered for this.
(11) You must ask
also, is the person doing the work on your home the person who came out to
quote? Or does this person only come to quote and leave the responsibility of
the job to his workers? Or does he only quote on your work and then get in
sub-contractors to do it? If the person who does the quote is not the person
doing the work, I would be in doubt and be asking questions as to why the
contractor is not the person on site doing the work.
(12) DOES THE CONTRACTOR
TAKE AWAY ALL THE RUBBISH AND LEAVE YOUR PROPERTY CLEAN AND TIDY?
(13) WILL THE CONTRACTOR
REPAIR THE CONCRETE UNDER YOUR HOME AROUND THE NEW STUMPS AFTER THE JOB IS
(14) Does the contractor
replace the battens or palings between your new stumps once the job is done?
replace rotten or broken timber rails, battens or palings?
All the questions above
you must ask. It is all too common that in fact, the contract you
accepted does not include replacement of battens or palings or rotted timber.
most cases the rubbish is left on site and not removed and the holes in the
concrete where the new stumps went in are not patched up and left as is.
So, in fact the contract price
that you accepted was only a price to replace some stumps and not a full job and
if you wanted the rubbish removed off the property, the rotted or broken timber
rails, battens or palings put back up or the holes in the concrete patched up
where the new stumps went in you would be charged extra on top of the quoted
price, as many re-stumpers only cost out or quote to do stumps and stumps only!
Many clients I have done work
for, have told me that they were told that they were responsible for the removal
of all rubbish or to get a 'mini skip' in...They were advised they had to seek out
a carpenter to replace battens and palings and a handy man to patch up any
When I quote a job, it is for
complete job from start to finish with no hidden costs
what so ever;
The quoted price that I supply to you, is for the total amount for the job,
unless you request extra work to be done then in this case I do another quote so
you know up front, what the extra work will cost.
I quote your job;
I spend the time with you and have a good look around so nothing is missed.
I take the time to answer your questions and explain everything to you.
If I notice that new timber is required to replace rotted or broken timber
rails, battens or palings, I will point this out to you so you are aware of it
and which IS then factored in to the cost of your job. I patch the
concrete, I clean up the job site, remove all rubbish from your property
when the job is finished - leaving your property as clean and tidy as possible.
PLEASE SEE MY BEFORE AND AFTER
You have just purchased your first home or sold your home and moved into another and decide to renovate the toilet, bathroom and kitchen...You also want to
put on a back deck as well, for more outdoor living - What should you do?
DO NOT renovate inside before you re-level downstairs; for
downstairs governs all above and inside your home.
DO NOT tile, paint, or wall paper inside your home before you re-level, or
add on any patios or decks.
DO NOT install air
DO NOT put in gardens or new
DO NOT paint the house.
If you do all or any of the above, it will only come undone when you have the
home restumped or re-levelled, which will be a waste of money and have to be done
do not renovate first - NOT EVER!
I have been working in the house restumping industry now for over twenty-four years. I started working in the family
business with my father, DON PALFRAMAN, trading as Restumping Specialists Don Palframan, which is how my
father taught me the finer skills and workmanship in restumping. The Palframan name has been associated and well respected in this
industry, for over 48 years. The work I receive is mostly based
on word of mouth and recommendations from past and current clientele, who have
been satisfied with the professionalism and attention to detail, all of which we
pride ourselves on.
We were the first
company to introduce under house excavations, prefabricated steel beams (RSJ)
and steel columns. As my father has now
retired, I continue to follow in my fatherís footsteps and carry on the family name
and tradition in the house restumping industry. This is how the name Glenn
Palframan House Restumping evolved. I will continue to offer quality
workmanship, professionalism and attention to detail just as my father did for
over 48 years.
look forward to being of service to you ~Glenn Palframan.
project manager, Don Palframan:
B.S.A. License Number: 68857
Glenn Palframan House Restumping.
- Steve Mack. All rights reserved.