The subject of plaster homes in Auckland is highly emotive. It is challenging to put into writing my personal thoughts and opinions on this subject. I want to help you, so here goes.
In a nutshell, plaster homes generally take longer to sell than your typical brick or weatherboard homes. Most are worth less (and sell for less) than their brick/weatherboard equivalents. Why? Because of the stigma associated with them and the risk that if they don’t leak now; according to most building inspectors they are likely to leak at some time in the future. This is especially so if a plaster home is not subjected to a strict weathertightness maintenance routine.
If you have just started thinking about selling and you haven’t done much research on the subject of plaster and leaky homes, I suggest you do so, right now. Google is a great place to start.
In my experience if you’re like 90% of plaster home owners you will probably say that although your home is plaster it has never “leaked”. You may have confidence because it was built using solid plaster or cavity plaster (as opposed to the more dangerous monolithic) or an Insulclad or Rockcote system. Your home might enjoy treated timber framing as opposed to the rot-prone-when-wet untreated timber framing that was strangely approved for use in the late 90s/early 2000s. Your home might have wide eaves, quality windows with flashings and expansion joints to guard against cracking. You may be lucky that your plaster cladding doesn’t protrude into the ground; thereby reducing the risk that it will suck up moisture from the garden (known as wicking).
Have a good look around the inside of your home. Look at all your skirting boards. If you see any swollen skirting boards, you might have an issue. They swelled up for a reason – moisture. Peeling paint is a tell-tale sign to look for in these areas. Next look at the gib board below the bottom corners of all your window sills. If you see a crack running down towards the floor the chances are high that moisture caused it. Where moisture exists, timber framing might be deteriorating.
If you want sound advice and a balanced approach to the complexities of selling plaster homes, please give me a call. Respectfully, if you prefer to turn a blind eye to a very real issue and prove that this ‘plaster stigma’ won’t affect you, please do not call me.
Agents are required to provide all sellers with a written comparative market analysis of their home. I take great pride in getting this part of my job right. I compare apples with apples, plaster homes with plaster homes, leaky homes with leaky homes. Whether your home leaks or not I have always specialised in achieving top dollar for my sellers and will continue to do so under all circumstances and conditions.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information. These are my views only. I hope I have given you some clarity and the ability to move forward with confidence and success.