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    • cristim
    • By cristim 9th Feb 18, 12:12 PM
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    Ground instability
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    • 9th Feb 18, 12:12 PM
    Ground instability 9th Feb 18 at 12:12 PM
    Dear all,
    We are trying to buy our first house in Hemel Hempstead.
    Our solicitor requested a mining and subsistence report from which we can see that there are very significant soluble rocks in the area and a high potential of localised subsidence occurring naturally.
    I`ve google it and was mining in that area more than 100 years ago.
    Did anyone had this situation?
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    • keithdc
    • By keithdc 9th Feb 18, 12:48 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 12:48 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 12:48 PM
    Dear all,
    We are trying to buy our first house in Hemel Hempstead.
    Our solicitor requested a mining and subsistence report from which we can see that there are very significant soluble rocks in the area and a high potential of localised subsidence occurring naturally.
    I`ve google it and was mining in that area more than 100 years ago.
    Did anyone had this situation?
    Originally posted by cristim
    I suspect most of the residents in Hemel Hempstead will be in the same position.
    Not really sure what the question is.
    • cristim
    • By cristim 9th Feb 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:15 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:15 PM
    Thank you for reply.
    I was thinking if I should pull out or an geological survey will help ?

    Is it to dangerous to buy a house like this?
    will anyone insure this house?
    Last edited by cristim; 09-02-2018 at 1:19 PM.
    • teneighty
    • By teneighty 9th Feb 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:24 PM
    Mining in Hemel Hempstead? What were they supposed to be mining for?

    Probably underlying chalk as with half of the South East of England so you might be very very unlucky and buy a house on top of a crown hole but that is a chance you take where ever you buy on chalk.
    • Tiglet2
    • By Tiglet2 9th Feb 18, 1:41 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:41 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 1:41 PM
    Well, if you're keen on the house and don't want to pull out, then make sure you get a full structural survey done which will show any major problems with the house, such as tell-tale cracking. You could also ask your solicitor to enquire whether the house has suffered from any subsidence, landslip or heave in the past and, if so, was the house underpinned? If there has been any history relating to stability problems, then any paperwork or documents will be requested so your solicitor can make an informed assessment.

    These mining and subsidence reports cover a particular area, in which your house is located. Doesn't mean this particular house is affected and bear in mind, many houses will fall within an "advisory" area, whether it's chalk, clay or a historical mining area.
    • cristim
    • By cristim 9th Feb 18, 2:09 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 2:09 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 2:09 PM
    Thank you so much for your reply. We are so worried
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 9th Feb 18, 2:17 PM
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    Is it to dangerous to buy a house like this?
    will anyone insure this house?
    Originally posted by cristim
    The simple answer is to knock on one of you prospective new neighbours doors and have a chat with them to see if they have had any issues with getting insurance etc.

    Or do a few dummy quotes online.
    Politics -
    from the words Poli, meaning many
    and tics meaning blood sucking parasites


    (thanks to Kinky Friedman (or Larry Hardman) for the quote}
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 9th Feb 18, 2:37 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 2:37 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 2:37 PM
    Thank you so much for your reply. We are so worried
    Originally posted by cristim
    It's easier if you do what most buyers do, and not get a ground stability report in the first place. No worrying stuff to read then.
    • cristim
    • By cristim 9th Feb 18, 2:42 PM
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    • 9th Feb 18, 2:42 PM
    will do that
    thank you
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