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    • SassySaver88
    • By SassySaver88 2nd Dec 17, 10:21 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 17, 10:21 PM
    Home Buyers Report 2nd Dec 17 at 10:21 PM
    Hi everyone

    Just after some advice

    We got a home buyers report done on the house we are looking to buy.
    The house is is relatively good condition. It is old, was built in 1908.

    The home buyers report highlighted rising damp and suggested to get a specialist in, which we have done.
    He stated that we have damp in the second main room and in the master bedroom even though he didnt go upstairs to verify this
    we got a quote and they want to replaster and treat the damp and timbers.

    Im wondering if its worth getting another specialist in?
    Were just waiting to exchange now
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    • Slithery
    • By Slithery 2nd Dec 17, 10:50 PM
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    Was it a specialist damp survey that you paid for, or was it a 'free' survey by a company that makes its money selling damp-proof treatments?
    • G_M
    • By G_M 2nd Dec 17, 11:23 PM
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    .....
    He stated that ........ in the master bedroom even though he didnt go upstairs to verify this
    we got a quote and they want to replaster and treat the damp and timbers.
    Originally posted by SassySaver88


    That tells you all you need to know about this surveyor salesman.

    * How was the damp identified? Damp meter?
    * does the house smell damp?
    * is there peeling wallpaper or paint?
    * is their mould on the walls?

    If there really is damp, never mind replastering and treating, what is causing the damp?

    Upstairs it will be
    * leaking roof
    * blocked/leaking gutters or downpipes
    * burst water or central heating pipe
    * or condensation from insufficient ventilation when showering etc

    Fix those and the damp will dry out!

    Downstairs will be similar or
    * blocked external drain
    * ground level outside raised hgher than the damp proof course
    * just possibly, but unlikely, no dpc or broken dpc
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 3rd Dec 17, 8:11 AM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 8:11 AM
    Im wondering if its worth getting another specialist in?
    Originally posted by SassySaver88
    What for? Ah yes, it sounds as if you haven't really had a specialist yet; just someone with a vested interest in selling treatments.

    But wait! Your survey said the house is in relatively good condition, so if it ticks your boxes for the main things like location, space offered and other fairly immutable things, what are you hoping to achieve?

    If the house has been valued at the price you're paying, you probably won't get a reduction. And if there is a bit of damp somewhere - not unknown on Edwardian houses - then you can investigate and deal with it yourself at your leisure. It might even prove to be lifestyle related.
    'It's a terrible thing to wait until you're ready…..Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.' Hugh Lawrie.
    • SassySaver88
    • By SassySaver88 3rd Dec 17, 8:19 AM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 8:19 AM
    Was it a specialist damp survey that you paid for, or was it a 'free' survey by a company that makes its money selling damp-proof treatments?
    Originally posted by Slithery
    I found a damp specialist through another estate agents but it was a free damp and timber report.
    • SassySaver88
    • By SassySaver88 3rd Dec 17, 8:23 AM
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    That tells you all you need to know about this surveyor salesman.

    * How was the damp identified? Damp meter? Was used by a damp meter
    * does the house smell damp?House does not smell of damp when we went
    * is there peeling wallpaper or paint?no peeling from what I could see
    * is their mould on the walls?no mould

    If there really is damp, never mind replastering and treating, what is causing the damp?

    Upstairs it will be
    * leaking roof
    * blocked/leaking gutters or downpipes
    * burst water or central heating pipe
    * or condensation from insufficient ventilation when showering etc

    We know that the bathroom needs extra ventilation and that the specialist recommended air bricks

    Fix those and the damp will dry out!

    Downstairs will be similar or
    * blocked external drain
    * ground level outside raised hgher than the damp proof course
    * just possibly, but unlikely, no dpc or broken dpc
    Originally posted by G_M

    We have yet to check the roof for its condition
    • SassySaver88
    • By SassySaver88 3rd Dec 17, 8:34 AM
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    Would it be worth while waiting untill we are in and getting a "proper" damp specialist round?
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 3rd Dec 17, 8:48 AM
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    "We know that the bathroom needs extra ventilation and that the specialist recommended air bricks."

    That's good for places like underfloor space, but I'm not a specialist and I can also recommend looking at really efficient in-line bathroom fans and/or Positive Input Ventilation as well.

    The point is, condensation and damp are quite complex things to investigate, sometimes by a process of elimination, like the causes suggested by GM, so they're something better sorted once you are in a house.

    Lifestyle really does play a part too. When we bought it, our house had all sorts of extra ventilation stuff, which looked quite worrying. It's all gone now and we still don't know what the problem was!

    'It's a terrible thing to wait until you're ready…..Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.' Hugh Lawrie.
    • SG27
    • By SG27 3rd Dec 17, 1:12 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 1:12 PM
    Would it be worth while waiting untill we are in and getting a "proper" damp specialist round?
    Originally posted by SassySaver88
    Can you see any damp?

    If not i wouldnt worry too much, you can get an independant damp and timber specialist in for a few hundred pounds for piece of mind if you feel the need.
    • capital0ne
    • By capital0ne 3rd Dec 17, 2:40 PM
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    Would it be worth while waiting untill we are in and getting a "proper" damp specialist round?
    Originally posted by SassySaver88
    What is a proper damp specialist? Do you have a problem with proper damp or just damp in general?

    If you have worries get a RICS surveyor to do a full survey - may cost £1,000+ but worth it to put your mind at rest.
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