Houses built in 1976 – any good?
They’re just fine as long as it wasn’t a Friday afternoon house 😉
There has been some kind of argument that, due to the drought in that year, there is some kind of lasting effect in terms of footings – but I reckon if it’s made it this far and you get a good survey, there’s nothing to worry about. They’re not like Allegros.Posted 9 years agogrizzlygusMember
Probably ok if it was traditional build. Timber frame houses built in the early 70s are possibly more suspect as Britain hadn’t quite got the hang of US type timber framed houses then. Barratts paricularly screwed up – timber framed houses are fine now. Barratts is still imo a crap builder though.Posted 9 years agorusty trowelMember
Depends who built it. As with now, could be great, could be shocking. Get someone who knows what they’re looking at to go with you. I would have thought that any ground heave problems due to the dry summer in 76 would have surfaced by now. I quite like 70s places myself, solid if unspectacular.Posted 9 years agogrizzlygusMember
If you’re getting a mortgage on it, I wouldn’t have thought you need to worry too much about structural problems. Just whether you like it or not.
BTW CaptainFlashheart – Thatcher bought a Barratts house in Dulwich for her retirement. That woman really has no taste……..greengrocer’s daughter, indeed.Posted 9 years ago
worked on a few, kitchens, bathrooms, alterations etc.
I’m not keen personally, especially the dormer type.
If it has an internally routed soil pipe, plan to have it moved direct to the outside before you move in. Otherwise it’ll cause havoc and cost a fortune when it leaks.
the roofs sometimes have a crap membrane under the tiles too, check for damp on the rafters.
Honeycomb drywall makes rewires a hassle and they often have no earth on the light circuit so don’t fit fancy metal switches.Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
had a Victorian flat prior and that was precision built compared to this
I used to live in a Victorian terraced house which was the worst built I’ve ever been in. Nothing was square, walls bulging and cracking all over the place and the walls between the houses were so thin that not only could you hear people talking in the next house but you could understand what they were saying!
I then moved to another Victorian house that sloped significantly front to back. Walking from the kitchen to the front door was clearly at least a metre of altitude gain, possibly more. Definitely uphill so that you could feel it in your legs.
Lesson: You can’t tell how good a house is by how old it is.Posted 9 years ago
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