- House Purchase; Survey Shows probs; What next?
I’d worry about none of them. Damp will be water ingress and just need locating and fixing. A bay window roof is cheap to fix. The Chimney will have stood for 100+ years, so a few more won’t kill it. Re-pointing isn’t that hard.
My Victorian terrace had 30 pages of serious defects, all of which turned out not to be serious / non existent.Posted 4 years agopslingSubscriber
Whilst footflaps may well be right… damp may be a minor problem, chimney repointing is a regular, a bay window roof may be cheap to repair… but my comment would be that without seeing the property he really doesn’t know!Posted 4 years ago
Your friend needs to get it independantly inspected if he’s keen on the property, either by a good builder or a good surveyor.alfabusSubscriber
That is what I would count as a ‘good survey’ for a buyer.
Those things are nothing to really worry about, but they give you a good chance to play the game.
They just need to act really worried, and get some quotes in. Get a builder to quote for ‘repairing’ all the damp, repointing and sorting the roof.
Take that quote to the vendors and get them to knock their price down by that amount.
Since the problems are fictional (every survey ever says you have damp, and most will say the roof *might be* knackered and the chimney needs repointing), any money you can knock off will be a bonus.
DavePosted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
My rising damp problem which caused no end of grief once is was flagged to the building society was, in actual fact, a leaking shower tray. Tells you all you need to know about surveyors, what they write isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
The Building Society insisted on a completely pointless and needlessly expensive injection damp proof course, but luckily I managed to convince them otherwise eventually. All a storm in a tea cup caused by a moron of a surveyor. Big wet rotten skirting board next to shower tray with no mastic next to tiles is not rising damp!Posted 4 years ago
No, not me unfortunately. We’re stuck where we are for now. Friends are buying (first time) – survey has shown up three things: Bay Roof needs replacing (single bayed Vicky Terrace), chimney needs re-pointing and surprise, surprise, some damp. They’re at the “offer accepted” stage and are not sure how to proceed next.
Will builders quote on this kind of stuff (seems a bit more speculative than a normal pricing up visit). Could they estimate over the phone? Just after some advice on their behalf really – they’re under the impression that I know this shit. Little do they know 😳 Ta.Posted 4 years ago
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