Seven things to consider before buying a Queenslander

 Seven things to consider before buying a Queenslander

Watson House built between 1910 and 1912 for a local dentist Harry Watson. A later owner added the octagonal room and turret. A grand wooden Queenslander house on stilts. Image by Denisbin

I could be a little biased, but my favourite type of home is, without a doubt, a Queenslander.
The high-set, single-story, detached timber house with a corrugated iron roof is synonymous with the state. The Queenslander dates as far back as the 1820s.
Over the years the design changed, but the principles remained the same; an airy home, perfect for the hot and humid weather of the sunshine state.
Taking off my rose-tinted glasses for one minute, there are simple facts you need to know before owning one of these homes. So here is a list of seven things to consider before buying a Queenslander.


Queenslander homes require a lot of TLC.
Maintenance is the most significant cost associated with owning one.
Everything from replacing timber eaves or wooden floor can cost a pretty penny.


Queenslanders do cop a fair bit from the elements. From the piercing daily sunshine, frequent thunderstorms, and even the odd bit of hail, these houses require a new lack of paint every ten to fifteen years.


Wood rot is going to be an ongoing battle. Anywhere the timber is exposed to moisture there’s a risk. It is most common in window frames, doors, doorframes, decks, and verandahs. If you find any wood rot, the section of wood needs to replacing before it spreads.


Termites are a pesky problem for most Queenslanders.
But, if you are diligent and implement some preventative measures, you can mitigate the problem. Make sure to have regular pest inspections and check you have ant capping on all wooden stumps.

Know the Laws

There are various laws in place when it comes to historical areas properties, so you may want to check out any restrictions before you think about buying to renovate.


Like any old houses, rewiring is inevitable, and this can be expensive. But, inside a timber home, this is a necessary expense, and you can’t put a price tag on safety.


Asbestos might be a problem in a Queenslander home.
The majority were built in an era before the danger of asbestos was widely known. Having it removed can also cost quite a bit, so you need to keep this in mind before purchase. Make sure to have the property inspected before you buy.


The issues associated with this iconic home are all manageable, but it’s important to make an informed decision before you buy.
If you enjoyed this article, check out the latest story, Benefits of Living in a Queenslander.

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