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Cost Estimation for Retrospective regularisation inspection

Hi, 
We are in the process of purchasing a 3 bed victorian house built in 1890s and home survey highlighted some work done to the main wall and internal wall removal which the current owner of 20 years does not know. hence surveyors suggesting to get regularisation certificate.
we enquired cost of regularisation in council it is around £450. 
But we also want to understand how much it will cost to expose the works done for inspection and fixing it back.
Could someone guide on approximate cost estimate on this please

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  • FreeBear
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    pseek1 said:
    Hi, 
    We are in the process of purchasing a 3 bed victorian house built in 1890s and home survey highlighted some work done to the main wall and internal wall removal which the current owner of 20 years does not know. hence surveyors suggesting to get regularisation certificate.
    we enquired cost of regularisation in council it is around £450. 
    But we also want to understand how much it will cost to expose the works done for inspection and fixing it back.
    Could someone guide on approximate cost estimate on this please
    It depends on how much of the structure needs to be exposed - At a minimum, I would anticipate the Building Control inspector will want to see pad stones at either end of any steel RSJs and also the thickness & type of plasterboard used. So it might just be a 300x300mm patch of plaster removed either end - Maybe £200 to put right afterwards.
    Should BC deem support inadequate, you could be looking at £2000 or even £5000 to put suitable steels in.

    Highly unlikely the vendor would agree to any of the work, even drilling small holes for an inspection camera would be out of the question. If you want regularisation, it will probably have to wait until you have taken ownership of the property.

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  • propertyrental
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    Unfortunately the other option, indemnity insurance, is no longer possible as you have highlighted the issue (probabky much to your sellers' annoyance) to the council.
  • jonnydeppiwish!
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    Why are you after regularisation? What do you hope to achieve from it?
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  • Doozergirl
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    edited 2 January at 8:53PM
    It isn't the certificate that is important after this amount of time, it's the structural stability of it.  

    If you're worried then get a structural engineer to take a look at it and advise, not a building inspector.  The building inspector is only
    going to want calculations from a structural engineer anyway.  Go straight to the expert!

    Hopefully your call to the local
    authority was just a general conversation and not specific about the property?   It's not your place to call them unless you are the owner. 


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