Adding Value to Weatherboard Property

Discussion in 'Development' started by DreamzUnlimited, 23rd Jun, 2019.

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  1. DreamzUnlimited

    DreamzUnlimited Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    Am looking around suburbs in Melbourne to buy a home for myself. The config I want is 3 2 2. However I can find some at a good price (location, transport, amenities wise).

    Those are primarily weatherboard homes. Though they are OK, they need significant amount of work e.g. renovating kitchen, toilet, putting in an ensuite, repairing wear and tear etc. Wondering whether it's worth considering properties like that in a good location, or rather wait for a brick home. What are the main cons of weatherboard homes?

    An example can be:
    9 Berrima Road, Rosanna, Vic 3084

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    Regards,
    DU
     
  2. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    The advantage of a weatherboard is that it's much easier to change things. Moving plumbing can easily be done through the floorboards than if it was a brick house on a concrete slab. Some suburbs due to their age simply have more weatherboard than brick.

    Pros
    - easy to extend, move walls
    - probably has wooden floorboards underneath the carpet
    - easy to do under floor heating
    - may have storage space under the house

    Cons
    - might not be as warm/cool if not insulated
    - the wooden weatherboards or floorboards might get rot or termites