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    Default Replacing Termite Infested Joists and Bearers?

    G'Day All,

    I'm looking at a place to buy with extensive structural termite damage in the sub floor, wall and roof cavity. Dumb idea? Maybe. Cheap alternative for a first home buyer? Hopefully!!

    Anyway - I'm wondering if I can progressively renew the bearers and joists by propping and replacing them? And I guess more importantly - is this the best place to start with such a problem? What should be replaced first? Roof? Walls? Or sub-floor???

    I am no tradie, just been reading the forums trying to get an idea how to overcome this kind of problem...???


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    We had a property with minor termite damage to one wall. Started renovating found some more damage, and then more... three walls later and one ceiling joist and the problem was in hand.

    However after my experience your description of 'major structural' termite damage would see me running a mile. If you do want to pursue get a professional to provide a quote but expect a heap of disclaimers regarding non-visable damage. Then make a low offer to make up for the costs plus the inconvenience and so forth.

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    Cheers Bargain Hunter!!

    Yeah - it's sounding less and less promising. It's a pity though. If I was a builder I would go for it. The land is undervalued for the area!

    Thanks Again!

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    planning to demolish the place, go for it, otherwise...

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    Depends just how cheap you can get it for. I sold a heap of (termite-treated) timber to 2 guys who did the same thing - they bought the house half-a-million under market value. One was a chippie and the other had the 200K they were planning to use fixing it. After that was a simple sale with a 300K profit in 12 months

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