Should I buy a property in Brisbane flood zones?

It’s difficult to forget the severe natural disaster Brisbane experienced back in 2011. And even though it was well-intended for the affected areas to be properly reconstructed, many buyers nowadays feel like they should avoid Brisbane flood zones. 

But if you take the time to look at the map of Brisbane flood areas, you’ll discover there are plenty of enticing residential zones that have seen reinvigoration. Hence, the question that remains unanswered is whether or not the Brisbane river flood and surrounding flooding should be a deciding factor in purchasing a home in Brisbane. 

 

Brisbane flood map: what are the risks in these areas?

As a building inspector and expert in assessing houses or apartments in Brisbane, we remind buyers that it is essential to do your due diligence. Access the Brisbane flood maps to see which suburbs are at risk of flooding before you property search. The FloodWise Property Reports developed by the Brisbane City Council also show the risk and type of flooding at a particular property.  

Indeed, numerous properties were damaged in the affected flood areas but at the same time, many don’t pose any safety risks or risk of general defects. Common issues we find in previously flooded properties are water damage, mould damage and properties that have been renovated on the cheap to repair flood damage.

How to decide which property is safe for living in Brisbane

If you are assessing whether or not to purchase an apartment or house in Brisbane flood zones, you should know there are several steps you can take to make sure you make the best choice. 

The first thing you must do is have a professional inspect for flood damage. In addition to looking for telltale signs,  a professional building inspector will be able to examine the structural integrity of the building and any other hidden problems you may not see. 

Also, it’s a good idea to request additional information from the real-estate agent selling the property—request details about how the owner of the home managed the renovations after the floods. There were many properties damaged, but not all were insured. As such, the quality of the repairs done after the event might lack the ability to withstand another natural disaster. 

The verdict: should you purchase a property in Brisbane flood zones?

The bottom line is that if you access the services of a Brisbane building inspector, you will most likely make an informed and secure decision. The main tip on how to buy a property in Brisbane flood zones is to always consult with a professional. A building inspector can:

  • Asses the status of the property, and identify even the smallest issues that might compromise the structural integrity of your home;
  • Assess the situation of a building’s foundation, as water can modify the quality of it and lead to cracks and several safety concerns;
  • Assess the soil in the area you want to move, as modifications in the soil can tell a lot about the security of a building. 

Buying into flood zones means that the suburb is always likely to be that way. You may not be able to reduce the risk of a flood happening again but being affected by a house that has defects. Some people prefer not to take the risk of buying into these suburbs, yet others see opportunity thanks to lower prices. Whichever buyer you are, you can never go past a thorough inspection to help make your final decision. 

Andrew Mackintosh is the owner and lead inspector at Action Property Inspections. He has been servicing the Brisbane area since 1995 and is dedicated to providing the best customer service, value for money, honesty, integrity and thorough building inspections. 

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