Frequently Asked Questions

Restumping & Foundation Specialist

How do I know if my house needs restumping?

Signs of structural wear that indicating a possible need for restumping include:

  • Crooked door and window frames
  • Cracks appearing in plasterwork and brickwork
  • “trampoline” effect in the centre of rooms
  • Sloping floors
  • Foundations decaying beneath the house

It may also depend on the age of your house. If your house was built before 1970 then there is a good chance it will be due for reblocking soon.  Preventative maintenance is better than waiting too long to reblock your house and this can be dangerous and leave your house’s foundations in poor condition.

How much does it usually cost to get my house restumped?

This is not a one size fits all solution and depends on the size of the house and the seriousness of the problem, but a typical three bedroom house will cost between $5,000 -$8,000.

How long does it take to reblock a house?

In most cases of reblocking houses, it will take around 5 days.

Do D.J. Baker and Son guarantee their work?

Yes. We provide a 7 year guarantee on our work.

Do I need to move out of my house while you are reblocking?

Usually you can stay in your home while we work.   D.J. Baker and Son will advise you on the full extent of the works that will be undertaken before we start so you can assess your living arrangements.

Do I need to have permits before you start?

D.J. Baker and Son will obtain the necessary plans and permits on your behalf.

Do you have insurance?

D.J. Baker and Son have 10 million dollars of Public Liability insurance cover so you can rest easy.

How will the floorboards be affected?

If there is at least 600mm clearance underneath your house for us to work in then your floorboards will not be affected.  If there is less than 600mm clearance, by law we must work through the floorboards, which will mean removing some of the floorboards from your house.

What is the difference between Reblocking and restumping?

Reblocking and restumping are terms that describe replacing the old ‘block’ or ‘stump’ foundations of a home with new concrete stumps. Reblocking and restumping is mostly for older weatherboard homes which are raised off the ground with foundations. The terms basically mean the same thing.

What sort of materials do you use for reblocking?

D.J. Baker and Son use concrete stumps which are built to Australian Standards and last much longer than traditional wooden stumps, which is why we are able to give a seven year guarantee on our work.

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