Building inspections: Top 10 cover ups and estimated costs


Most common cover ups and estimated cost

Illegal building:
Up to $100,000

Internal walls patched and painted, external walls concealed behind plants or trellis

Up to $50,000, average $ 3,000


Walls painted or furniture placed against damaged walls

Up to $50,000, average $5,000

Termites, borers and timber rot:

Floor damage patched and concealed under carpets

Up to $20,000, average $5,000

Roof problems:

Rusty metal roofs painted, tile roofs patched with lead. Damaged roof framing propped up in roof space

Up to $20,000

Rotten weatherboards and windows:

Rot patched with filler or covered with tin and painted

Up to $10,000

Rotten sub-floor or stumps:

Floors temporarily propped to prevent bouncing

$8,000 average

Faulty or illegal wiring:
$6,000 average to repair

Faulty or illegal plumbing:

$6,000 average to repair

Guttering and downpipes:

Rusty gutters patched/painted

$3,000 average


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See also on this topic Buyer Beware: Understanding building and pest inspections  and Property inspections: Danger signs Property inspections: Danger signs  

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