by stoneyboy » Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:54 pm
by Effy66 » Wed Apr 20, 2022 11:00 am
stoneyboy wrote:Hi effy66,
From what you say, if you are going to buy a suitable place within your budget, it is very likely it will need renovating. Houses built around the turn of the century were well built, it is what has been done since that creates problems.
Taking each of the items you detail:
1. If you increase sub floor ventilation the majority of the damp problems will cease. Start with the extra ventilation and see what problems this solves - it will take time..
2. Wall in loft can be lightweight aerated blocks - not a problem for a builder/bricklayer.
4. Doesn’t matter as long as roof is sound and there is adequate roof insulation.
5. Unlikely that all walls will need repointing, most likely lower levels only.
6. Not a show stopper
7. If it’s an outhouse this could be done down the line sometime.
8. Also not a show stopper.
9. If boiler is ok leave heating as is until other works are finished. Electrics should have a condition report but beware over enthusiastic electricians - the ones who say you must “comply with current regulations” if the existing installation is ok and remedial improvements are all that is needed.
10. Not a show stopper.
You need to find just one contractor - probably a builder - who can take on the majority of the work ( and the responsibility for overseeing it) using his own employees or trade contacts)
It is likely that there is going to be extra problems - allow for 50% extra.
Bear in mind that if you are going to live in the house while works are carried out it’s going to be messy and stressful.
Cast your eye over the publication on this web site “how do it find a reliable tradesman”
If you decide to go ahead I wish you good luck
by stoneyboy » Wed Apr 20, 2022 10:50 pm