A tradie has called out what he says is the "worst carpentry" he's ever seen, highlighting some of the "unethical" practices that have Aussies worried about purchasing a new home.
Carpenter Maxim Miroslav, was completely flabbergasted when he arrived at an inspection of a new build home in Melbourne. Slamming the sub-standard work as an "abomination," he decided to film what he saw, claiming it's "easier to knock down and rebuild than fix".
"Worst carpentry I've ever seen in my life," he said in the TikTok from Friday, which now has more than 2.5 million views.
Panning through, the man showed how some of the fixtures weren't properly attached to the ground, and things like the gutter and interior wooden panels were uneven. "How is this real," he said.
There were also "absolutely ridiculous" gaps between the windows. "Every window in the house needs to only have a 10mm gap to fit gyprock [a building material used for making the surfaces of interior walls] but I can fit my whole hand through every single one," he said.
"Every single stud" on "half the door openings" was also "twisted like s***t" and things weren't built in proper order.
'I know this isn't carpentry but it should be the roof then panels... they've just siliconed it and water is still going to go into the house from there."
'Cascade effect' in building industry from closing borders
With an increase of "unethical" practices following the pandemic, the Associate Director at the Construction Project Management program in UTS, Alireza Fin, said more issues in the industry are becoming "more obvious".
"People are under pressure to finish the project faster and so it would potentially put extra pressure on workers to cut corners and sacrifice quality," he told Yahoo News Australia.
He added that "price rises in construction materials and equipment" due to inflation, as well as unprecedented levels of labour shortages, have also contributed majorly to the problem.
"After the pandemic when we closed our borders, the shortage got worse. There was probably limited access to skilled workers because nobody could come to Australia and it's a cascade effect that's still in existence.
"I have heard from senior people in the industry, that people who have never been able to find a job in the construction industry before the pandemic are now easily employed in the industry, with good wages," he said.
"And good workers have left their jobs for better wages at other companies... that shows how serious the problem is."
'This makes me so nervous to ever build a house'
Many Aussies were shocked by Maxim's video and have since reacted to the Melbourne new build in the comments. "Imagine spending 800k+ on a house and this is what you get," one person said.
"My heart literally breaks for the owners, they paid all this money just for it not to be safe and basically useless," another said.
Mr Fin said he understood why some people have lost trust in the industry, and recommended to only go for "reputable builders and contractors".
"If you sign a contract with dodgy contractor or dodgy builder who promises for instance, to build the house for you at a very low price, later they might say they can't do that anymore, and you will have to pay extra to rectify the problem," he said. He also encouraged people to be "closely involved" in their building project.
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