Your Raising and Restumping Questions Answered – Brisbane | Qld House Restumping

Frequently asked questions – House raising

Where do I start?

If you have house raising and restumping questions, it pays to know the process from the beginning. Your very first step is to speak to a draftsman or an architect to discuss your options. You will then engage an engineer who works closely with the draftsman or architect to produce a set of structural drawings for your house raising project. (Ask your draftsman or architect if they can recommend an engineer to make the process easier). Once you provide us with the drawings, we can begin the quoting process.

Engaging a builder to oversee and manage all your trades can ease the burden on you and free up your valuable time. Alternatively, you may obtain an ‘owner builders’ license which requires a two part certification.

Once you have engaged a builder or obtained an owner builder permit you pay your fees to the council, receive an approval and the building works can begin.

What should I look out for?

Inferior steel being used is very common. Also pin holes in welds. All steel beams should be welded to the stumps at either end of the beam. When you receive all your plans make sure you are familiar with your plans and study them as a mistake can costs thousands of dollars to repair as well as make your home unsafe.

Do my tenants or I need to relocate during the raising process?

Yes. It is illegal to live in your home whilst it is being raised. However once your services are reconnected, the stairs and landings are back on the house and your builder gives you permission you can move back in. In some cases you will only be out of your home for a month or so.

How long does the average house raise take?

For a full house raise, slide, excavation, restump and steel beam installation takes on average 2 weeks from the time we raise the house through to the time it’s stumped with new steel bearers and supports.

Why choose us?

We understand that your home is the biggest investment you will make in your life, whether it is an investment property or your family home. You will receive the best advice with no hidden extra’s or variations during or after work has been commenced. Any questions you may have during the quoting process (or after you have received other quotes) will be answered until you are satisfied, as we understand that the process can be overwhelming and different companies offer different advice.

All our work is performed as explained during our quote and anything we discuss that may be of concern to you or your family will be written on your quote. This helps to set your mind at ease knowing that all your concerns have and will be addressed. You will also be updated as the work progresses if you wish.

You will deal with myself (Adam – the owner of the business) throughout the entire process from the quote through to the works onsite. There is no foreman or middleman to confuse things – the person that comes to your home and provides you with a quote is the same person that is performing the work on your home.  All our work is insured with the QBSA and a written guarantee is offered upon request.

Approximately an hour prior to completion of the work on the last day I ask you personally to inspect the site with me and make sure you are completely satisfied with the work that has been performed by our team. This ensures if you have any questions or would like us to attend to something, we are able to do so on the day. The aim is to make you feel comfortable the job has been completed as requested to a high quality standard by our reputable company.


Frequently asked questions -House Restumping

How do I know if my house needs restumping/relevelling?

Your doors and windows may not operate properly as they may no longer be square. Cracks in plaster walls/ceilings and cracked brickwork may be a tell tale sign of a section of the house ‘sinking’. Creaking or ‘spongy’ floors may also indicate that the bearers have separated from rotted or sunken stumps.

What’s involved in replacing stumps/ levelling?

The first step is for us to assess the job prior to giving our advice in order to determine which type of stumping materials are required – each involves a different course of action. The defective stumps are identified and the structure surrounding these is jacked up and secured. The new stumps are positioned precisely to ensure they are level, and the floor joists are lowered back and secured accordingly.

Do my tenants or I need to relocate during the restumping process?

No. If we are relevelling or replacing stumps, your family or your tenants are able to stay in the house without concern for safety. If there are any children and/or animals living at your property all care is taken for their safety be sectioning off the area affected by our work using bright orange fencing at the end of each day. If necessary, a barrier fence is erected to prevent any animals escaping.

How long does the average restumping job take?

A full home restumping project takes on average a week to nine days (depending on size) from beginning to completely level and set on new solid foundations. If we replace only a few stumps then it would usually take around 1-3 days. If any new or existing palings or batons require fitting or if any conduit or taps require re-fitting, we are also able to provide this service.

Why choose us?

We understand that your home is the biggest investment you will make in your life, whether it is an investment property or your family home. You will receive the best advice with no hidden extra’s or variations during or after work has been commenced. Any questions you may have during the quoting process (or after you have received other quotes) will be answered until you are satisfied, as we understand that the process can be overwhelming and different companies offer different advice.

All our work is performed as explained during our quote and anything we discuss that may be of concern to you or your family will be written on your quote. This helps to set your mind at ease knowing that all your concerns have and will be addressed. You will also be updated as the work progresses if you wish.

You will deal with myself (Adam – the owner of the business) throughout the entire process from the quote through to the works onsite. There is no foreman or middleman to confuse things – the person that comes to your home and provides you with a quote is the same person that is performing the work on your home.  All our work is insured with the QBSA and a written guarantee is offered upon request.

Approximately an hour prior to completion of the work on the last day I ask you personally to inspect the site with me and make sure you are completely satisfied with the work that has been performed by our team. This ensures if you have any questions or would like us to attend to something, we are able to do so on the day. The aim is to make you feel comfortable the job has been completed as requested to a high quality standard by our reputable company.