By: Luka Dickson

Remedial construction work ensures that building defects and issues are addressed effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, many residential and commercial construction projects may not be built to Australian standards and requirements, and poor workmanship can fly under the radar until the building is ready to be signed off, or someone has moved in. Once problems start to arise with the building quality, remedial work is required to ensure everything is fixed up to an appropriate standard. Therefore, building defects that exist because of cutting corners may end up proving more expensive in the long run. Accurate cost estimation and residential construction estimating services are essential for budgeting, planning, and executing remedial work projects.

What is remedial work on a construction project?

Remedial work refers to the actions taken to correct or repair defects, faults, or deficiencies identified in a construction project after completion. This work addresses issues that may compromise the structural integrity, safety, functionality, or aesthetics of the building or infrastructure. Remedial work covers any issue with the building that is not intended to be there and may include repairs, replacements, alterations, or improvements to rectify the identified problems and ensure that the project meets the required standards and specifications. It could be something as simple as repainting and plastering a wall, all the way to entire wall restructurings.

However, remedial work may not just be a situation caused by poor building quality. It may be required because of unexpected circumstances such as property damage from a fire, flooding or strong winds. In these scenarios, the insurance company will require a detailed breakdown of the extent of the property damage, alongside the remedial costs. Detailing the costs of any damage will be the role of a residential construction estimating services company.  

Structural Repairs:

Structural repairs in residential construction involve addressing issues related to the stability and integrity of the building’s framework and load-bearing elements. This may include repairing cracks in the foundation, reinforcing weakened structural components, or stabilising the building against subsidence or settling. Structural repairs are critical for ensuring the safety and longevity of the home, as they prevent further damage and potential collapse. Structural engineers or contractors assess the extent of the damage and develop solutions to strengthen and repair the affected areas, often using methods such as underpinning reinforcement, or replacement of damaged materials.

Plumbing and drainage repairs

Plumbing and drainage repairs are common in residential construction and are essential for maintaining the functionality and efficiency of a home’s water and sewage systems. These repairs may involve fixing leaks, repairing, or replacing damaged pipes, clearing blockages, or upgrading outdated plumbing fixtures. Issues such as leaking pipes or clogged drains can lead to water damage, mould growth, and potential health hazards if left unaddressed. A scenario that often leads to remedial work is when tree roots get caught in the building’s plumbing system, causing leaks, or worse, flooding.

Interior Finishes

Interior finishes encompass a wide range of elements within a residential construction project, including wall coverings, flooring, ceilings, and decorative features. Over time, these finishes may deteriorate due to wear and tear, moisture damage, or outdated aesthetics, requiring remedial work to restore their appearance and functionality. Common issues with interior finishes include peeling paint, cracked tiles, damaged drywall, or worn-out flooring. Remedial work in this category may involve updating outdated fixtures and finishes to improve the overall aesthetics of the space.

Factors Influencing Remedial Work Costs:

Several factors influence the costs associated with remedial work projects in residential construction. The nature and extent of defects or issues significantly impact the scope of work required and, consequently, the overall costs. Materials and labour expenses vary depending on the type of remedial work needed and the availability of skilled labour and construction materials. Accessibility and site conditions also play a crucial role, as challenging terrain or limited access can increase costs. Additionally, regulatory compliance and permits may add to the overall project expenses, as adherence to building codes and regulations is essential. For these scenarios, a quantity surveyor who provides residential construction estimating services would be employed.

Residential Construction Estimating Services in Australia

At Accent Estimating, our team of expert, registered quantity surveyors pride ourselves on providing reliable and detailed residential construction estimating services. Our experienced team assures accurate information and support to all builders and contractors. We believe all parties involved deserve a fair deal, and a fast, streamlined development process.  

If you would like to learn more about our residential construction estimating services in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, call us on 0413 953 869 or fill out the contact form on our website.