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    • mills705
    • By mills705 12th Sep 17, 9:48 AM
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    Potential issue re buying a a flat
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    • 12th Sep 17, 9:48 AM
    Potential issue re buying a a flat 12th Sep 17 at 9:48 AM
    I have had my mortgage approved following a survey.

    The only issue with the survey was damp. My parents have said its not an issue- I am FTB so not really up to speed with everything!

    The damp was recorded as being 'high moisture levels in a few walls' on the survey.
    What are next steps? The survey suggested getting a timber/ damp specialist surveyor in. I have found one whose charge is 275 for the survey.
    The damp course is in place by Rentokill? As there was one done- apparently this is under guarantee for 30 years but having approached the estate agents we are yet to hear back.

    Im just looking for advice/ opinions on what to do? I love the flat and do not want the sale to fall through. My mum has said we may need to negotiate the price down or she will have to pay for work. But worried this will make her pull out.
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    • Surrey_EA
    • By Surrey_EA 12th Sep 17, 5:01 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 5:01 PM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 5:01 PM
    You need to understand what is causing the damp firstly.

    Employing a specialist damp surveyor is not a bad idea, whilst not cheap, given the sum you're potentially going to spend buying the flat it's probably not much.

    Damp has a number of causes, some are cheap and easy to fix, others less so. The high moisture readings may not be damp at all and just caused by condensation.
    • amfan
    • By amfan 12th Sep 17, 5:26 PM
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    Pay for the specialist to come out and have a look. That way if they say its going to be thousands to fix you have a chance of negotiating on the offer you've made. If it's a big problem the seller will most likely be aware of it and hoping you don't discover it. I can honestly say I wish I had acted on the moisture readings given in my survey. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
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