Buying a War Years Property
Why we always recommend having an independent building survey
Always have an independent building survey as this will pin point any property problems. Caveat emptor means buyer beware and is why you need to have a building survey to find out if there are any problems within the property; the estate agent certainly will not advise you of any.
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Meeting the Surveyor at the house during the Building Survey
Our building surveyor was happy to meet our client at the property during the survey report. We recommend to all our clients to meet face to face as then you get a full understanding of exactly what the client requires from the survey and answer any questions or issues they may have, equally they are happy to chat to you on the telephone.
Buying a War Years House
The property we surveyed was a two storey semi detached house which was amended and extended over the years with a roof extension and built during the War Years to the 1960’s. There was a garden to the front and rear with a garage and off road parking to the front.
During this time there was a rationing of materials and limited skilled labour available which can mean that sometimes there are unusual constructions hidden beneath what appears to be a typical construction.
Movement within the property
Above average change of condensation
We also found a higher than average chance of condensation in the property partly due to the era in which it was constructed in and partly due to some of the alterations that had been carried out.
What do the ovals or circles in our building surveys mean?
Within our reports we utilise a system of ovals and circles to highlight problem areas or characteristics within a property to better explain the issues. If this does not explain the issue completely then we can also use one of our sketches that have been commissioned exclusively for us for use in the reports.
For example: This property was on a sloping site and had a suspended timber floor. We could see that some of the airbricks are acting as gutters as they were so low and a suspended timber floor also needs airflow underneath it to prevent wet rot.
Many other problems
There was a large tree in the rear garden and to the front garden there were trees that had been cut back but not properly which needed reducing further.
5. DIY and maintenance required
We recommended general DIY and maintenance to be carried out.
Positioning radiators for better air movement
The overall conclusion after the survey was completed
The surveyor unfortunately came to the conclusion that this was not a property to be taken on lightly and unless you are experienced in house refurbishments, i.e. a builder or property developer he would not recommend going ahead with the purchase. As our clients were not in this category it was recommended not go ahead and buy this house mainly due to the movement within the property and that there may be hidden problems with the extension as a whole.
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We pride ourselves on our professional standard and easy to read reports written in plain English which we have been carrying out for many years on every era, type and style of property across the UK. Property eras are most typically Tudor and Elizabethan, Georgian and Regency, Victorian and Edwardian, War Years, Post War Years, Modern and New.
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