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?
email@example.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.
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