damp costs

I have checked the v useful damp FAQs but this is a matter of costs. Hope someone can help!
I am considering buying a 3 bed terraced Victorian house in Hove, about half a mile from sea and south facing garden. This will be my first purchase, and i cannot afford to make too many errors!
The price is OK, but it's pretty obvious to me that there is a damp problem - mainly in the in the south facing walls, and not just at first 4 foot ground level up but also the upper bed too.
Back wall is painted but looks like some cracks have been sealed up. Some re-pointing maybe nec.
I'm assuming that full damp treatment will be nec. There's no current info available from landlord who is in USA.
Wd anyone have a best and worst case scenario as to cost of having house sorted? Assuming back wall repointing too?
many thanks
Iain
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snipped-for-privacy@freeuk.com (Iain Stewart) wrote in message

To work out costs look at the causes.
Worst case is probably structural problems causing the cracks, maybe underpinning needed, plus wall painted in an attempt to fend off rain and help with a chronic damp problem (which doesnt work), no DPC, problems with the roofing, damp has rotted the floor structure which needs complete replacement, etc etc.
Best case scenario just twigs and moss in the gutter causing overflow onto the wall, and nothing more than repointing required.
You really need to know whats going on there.

Thats probably the one option thats least likely. Victorian houses are prone to many causes of dampness, and 'damp treatment' addresses one or none of them.
Regards, NT
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     snipped-for-privacy@meeow.co.uk (N. Thornton) writes:

or even just poor ventilation which would be made even worse by uneven heating of the house. I suspect this is probably a rather common cause of damp areas.
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snipped-for-privacy@cucumber.demon.co.uk (Andrew Gabriel) wrote in message (N. Thornton) writes:

thanks for yr thoughts. Bit reluctant to go ahead with survey (and specialist survey)...
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Very wise.
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