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Timber frame house survey and possible damp

Hi all, I have recently had a homebuyers report on a 1980s house I am looking to buy and while for the most part it was good with mainly 1's with a few 2's there was one 3 regarding the main wall.
It describes the wall as modern timber framed with a seperate outer skin of brick. The walls contain a bituminous felt damp proof course. Externally ground levels (grass hill) are too high relative to the position of damp proof course and that shrubs are bridging the DPC. This is easily solved. However it then goes onto say high damp meter readings recorded throughout ground floor, which may be a result of high ground levels internally. Does anybody know what this part means?
I understand that the the high ground levels externally may be causing the damp. Does anybody have any experience of this type of thing in a timber framed house?
A friend of mine involved in construction is going to come have a look and has contacts, should I need them but in the meantime I thought Id ask on here.
After three years of searching, viewing countless properties, having to pull out of a previous property due to a bad survey it feels like a kick in the teeth to discover this about this house, though I guess thats the game of house buying!
Thanks in advance for any thoughts and opinions. :)

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  • ProDaveProDave Forumite
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    1980's is an early timber frame, before many had worked out how to do them properly. There is probably not much insulation in the walls, certainly not as much as used today. This "damp" could just be condensation on cold parts of the wall.
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