Bought a house about 5 years ago. It was built in the 1980s. When it was surveyed, we asked the surveyor about some slight cracks in the porch. He told us it was nothing to worry about, he'd spoken to the neighbours and they're all like it.
Fast forward to now and we are struggling to lock/unlock the front door. The cracks are perhaps up to 10mm in places.
speaking to the neighbours, it seems that a number most of he houses around of the same age have solid enough foundations for the house but nothing for the porch.
So my question is, what's the difference between subsidence and bad workmanship?
It is time to claim on the household insurance and I'm I right in thinking that in real terms, I've no comeback on the surveyor?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Cheers.