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    • sugar-hill
    • By sugar-hill 12th May 18, 11:09 AM
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    Homebuyers survey repair quotes
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    • 12th May 18, 11:09 AM
    Homebuyers survey repair quotes 12th May 18 at 11:09 AM
    I apologise if this is in the wrong place, but hoping someone can help.

    I have just received the homebuyers report for a property i am in the process of purchasing and wondering if anyone had a rough idea of the repair costs. I plan to get quotes for the below, but would like to know that the quotes are reasonable.

    1) The cost to repair the chimney, which has a few loose bricks and maybe replacing the chimney pot bedding mortar.
    2) The cost of installing mains powered fire alarms
    3) The cost of replacing a back boiler with a combi-boiler.

    Thank you for any help
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    • plumberpaig
    • By plumberpaig 12th May 18, 1:33 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 1:33 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 1:33 PM
    Hi, my first post

    You'll only be able to get rough estimates online.

    1. 150-250
    2. 80-130 per alarm
    3. 2,200

    Some questions:
    1. How many fire alarms do you require? Do you mean smoke alarms?
    2. How many bedrooms, bathrooms and separate showers do you have in the property?

    This will help with more precise quotes.

    The cost of replacing a back boiler with a new combi can be anywhere from 2,000 to 2,650 depending on the boiler you have fitted and the upgrades you require (TRV's, radiators, smart thermostat, magnetic filter etc etc)
    • sugar-hill
    • By sugar-hill 12th May 18, 6:46 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 6:46 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 6:46 PM
    Hi, my first post

    You'll only be able to get rough estimates online.

    1. 150-250
    2. 80-130 per alarm
    3. 2,200

    Some questions:
    1. How many fire alarms do you require? Do you mean smoke alarms?
    2. How many bedrooms, bathrooms and separate showers do you have in the property?

    This will help with more precise quotes.

    The cost of replacing a back boiler with a new combi can be anywhere from 2,000 to 2,650 depending on the boiler you have fitted and the upgrades you require (TRV's, radiators, smart thermostat, magnetic filter etc etc)
    Originally posted by plumberpaig
    Congrats on your first post

    Thanks you for your comments, they're really helpful. I plan to get a gas safe engineer to service the back boiler and hopefully it will be safe to keep it running a tad longer.

    Yes I did mean smoke alarms, thanks. Probably a couple on each floor, so 4-6? (I don't know)
    The house is a 3 bed semi, living room, dining room, Kitchen, bathroom with bath and shower.

    Thank you for your help!
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 12th May 18, 11:45 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:45 PM
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    • 12th May 18, 11:45 PM
    4-6 smoke alarms?

    Is this for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace?
    • pmartin86
    • By pmartin86 13th May 18, 12:09 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 12:09 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 12:09 AM
    Hiya Sugar-Hill

    Imsure someone with more knowlege will corect me, but my understanding is that smoke/fire alarms should be in the Uppstairs hall, downstaits hall and kitchen, with CO2 alarms anywhere you use gas (Hob, boiler etc)


    As for the rest, here is what I paid in South Wales:

    1) The cost to repair the chimney, which has a few loose bricks and maybe replacing the chimney pot bedding mortar.

    400 for a days work repointing and capping - If you need scaffholding this can significanly increase

    2) The cost of installing mains powered fire alarms

    80 per alarm, supply and fit, in my case, 480

    3) The cost of replacing a back boiler with a combi-boiler.

    Depends on your heating system currently, I paid 4,100 for a new boiler and pipework, that was with exposed floors/walls and no making good
    • plumberpaig
    • By plumberpaig 13th May 18, 10:19 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 10:19 AM
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    • 13th May 18, 10:19 AM
    I would fit 2 combined smoke and CO alarms on each floor (in the middle of each floor as high up as possible).

    While you're at it, get the electrician to fit a heat alarm in the kitchen, a smoke alarm there is a bad idea because of nuisance tripping.

    A back boiler will last for a very, very long time without breaking down. I would only change it for (1) convenience of hot water and/or (2) to save a little bit of money.

    Boiler size, you just need an entry level boiler and I suggest:

    A Heatline combi if you're on a very, very tight budget.
    An Intergas combi if you have a little more to spend.

    If you're staying there a while then an Ideal Vogue, Worcester 25i or a Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 24.
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