Apologies for the length of this question!
We are in the process of buying an old, mostly stone built, cottage in South
Wales and have had a survey revealing significant areas of rising damp and
also some penetrative damp (some of this is due to defective guttering which
I can fix.).
The contractor has estimated about £6000 to cover various works on the
Lounge, Dining Room and Kitchen Including re-pointing and sealing the front
stone wall of the house.
However the two walls in the Lounge are Dry lined one of which is believed
to be 2 feet out from the actual stone wall at that end of the house and we
believe there will be a problem there as well but the contractor can't quote
for this until we have purchased it and removed stud the walls to see what
Based on his other estimates I assume this will cost another £1000 at least,
so potentially £7000 - £8000 in total for what is quite a small cottage.
Sizes of rooms affected:
Lounge 16'6" x 14'7" (5.03m x 4.45m)
Dining Room 8'2" x 7'5"
Kitchen 8'6" x 8'6" (2.59m x 2.59m)
Dining Room and Kitchen are effectively one room.
Other rooms are not affected.
I appreciate it's very difficult to judge based on the limited info I have,
but does this figure seem reasonable for the work involved. Unfortunately I
have not yet received his written report only a verbal one and it's proving
difficult to get another contractor.
I'd be very grateful for any opinions on this as I haven't had to use a damp
proofing contractor before.