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Postby tomcanning » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:22 pm


We have just received our homebuyer survey back from the surveyor. It is a 1930s semi.

It suggested the following things:

Urgent Matters
-Repairing single storey rear roof covering and rear flashings
-Repair roof flashings
-Check and replace mortar on flues and improve flashing around stack
-Localised repointing ad making good especially at front
-Roof space – some improvements to chimney support
-Upgrade support to chimney breast
-Renew rear metal gutter

Maintenance considerations
-Ventilate and cap redundant flues
-Some double glazing has misted. Repair/replace
-Repair garage door, gutter and floor (there is an inspection pit)
-Check possibility lead paint has been used

There is also the standard - inspect the electrics and service the heating.

We will of course get quotes to get this work done. Most of the above seems to be ok and what we expected, but we are particularly concerned about the ‘upgrade to chimney breast’ and chimney support plus the repointing.

Particularly the chimney work as this sounds expensive!

Can anyone advise what this may involve? Is there anything else on the list that could pose potentially major problems (especially in regards to cost)?

Thanks for your help!

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Postby welsh brickie » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:26 pm

By the sound of that survey he is conserned with rain getting in and causing damage.
being a 1930s house the bricks in the attic where probably laid using only sand and lime.
So yes it does need sorting,But it does not say dangerous condition or
structually unsound.Seek proffesional help for the work anyway.But dont panic
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