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    • paulr70
    • By paulr70 20th Apr 17, 3:58 PM
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    Building survey showing up roof and electrical problems.
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    • 20th Apr 17, 3:58 PM
    Building survey showing up roof and electrical problems. 20th Apr 17 at 3:58 PM
    Hey All,

    Just had a building survey back on a house we`re intending to purchase. Its pointing out that one side of the roof is slightly uneven and the surveyor is suggesting the nails to the battens have probably rusted causing movement. Its a 1930-40s house and probably an original roof. So it could be an issue throughout the roof.
    Also is suggestion an electrical re-wire of the house, the consumer unit looks no more than 15 years old but he says the wiring is probably original through the house as the lights and sockets are very dated.

    He suggested getting a specialist to check the roof, he couldnt even gain access to the loft due to the ladder being jammed.
    So question is would it be safe to get a roofer to go around, or try and find a roof surveyor? Have been searching the web but keep finding nothing but roofers who do the survey. Worried that any roof survey from a roofer will just give opportunity to sell their wares.
    In a similar position with the electrics although at least they will just give a testing report.

    Also, feel a bit peeved that i paid for a building survey and yet the interior of the roof couldnt be survey due to access problems. Perhaps I should ask for the sellers to pay for a roof survey?

    Any suggestions. Thanks
    Last edited by paulr70; 20-04-2017 at 4:01 PM.
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    • teneighty
    • By teneighty 20th Apr 17, 4:38 PM
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    You just need to get a couple of reliable roofing contractors to take a look and give you a quote for any necessary repairs.

    If it is a 70-80 year old roof it could well need a complete re-roof but it depends on type of covering.

    As for the surveyor it is a requirement in RICS practice guidance that the surveyor should use a 3 metre long ladder to access the loft (provided access is safe). If he is saying he could not gain access because the in-situ loft ladder was jammed that is unacceptable, unless it was jammed in such a way that he could not use his own ladder. Ask him to go back and inspect the roof properly or you want a refund of the survey fee.
    • paulr70
    • By paulr70 21st Apr 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 21st Apr 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 21st Apr 17, 8:57 PM
    Thanks. Yes he did take a ladder along but it was the loft ladder that had jammed the hatch into the loft so he was unable to get up there.
    So now i`m trying to see if that can be fixed so we can get someone round to check from inside the loft.
    • Mickygg
    • By Mickygg 21st Apr 17, 10:24 PM
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    • 21st Apr 17, 10:24 PM
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    • 21st Apr 17, 10:24 PM
    Call me pessimistic but if the ladder can't be fixed I would be worried its hiding something. You should tell them you want the roof inspected and ask them to fix the ladder to enable access.
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 22nd Apr 17, 11:22 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 11:22 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 11:22 AM
    Re the electrics. they won't be "original" at least I hope not!!!!

    Get an Electrician to do an Electrical Installation Condition Report. That will tell you all you need to know and what needs doing.
    • paulr70
    • By paulr70 24th Apr 17, 2:45 PM
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    • 24th Apr 17, 2:45 PM
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    • 24th Apr 17, 2:45 PM
    Re the electrics. they won't be "original" at least I hope not!!!!

    Get an Electrician to do an Electrical Installation Condition Report. That will tell you all you need to know and what needs doing.
    Originally posted by ProDave
    Sorry that should read OLD not original lol
    • paulr70
    • By paulr70 15th May 17, 11:29 AM
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    • 15th May 17, 11:29 AM
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    • 15th May 17, 11:29 AM
    As an update. Had both roofer and electrician do reports. Roofer said there didnt look anything wrong and the roof albeit original was in good order. Its had some repairs over the years but has been looked after.
    Electrican said a rewire was required, and after talking to him said it was mainly just the lack of earthing on the lighting circuits and a larger capacity consumer unit was required.

    Now I did consider seeing as the property is vacant that the electrican might do the work before we completed, but I guess its very risky if the transaction doesnt go through. The venders would have new electrics and could put it back on the market.

    Thanks
    • n217970
    • By n217970 15th May 17, 12:17 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 12:17 PM
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    • 15th May 17, 12:17 PM
    and after talking to him said it was mainly just the lack of earthing on the lighting circuits and a larger capacity consumer unit was required
    Originally posted by paulr70
    I.e. Nothing wrong with it......
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