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apc

Member since Jun 2011 • Last active Apr 2021

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    yeah, I do wish it was left as it was meant to be. The fact there are no signs of damp and "no rising damp" gives me some confidence but as howard mentioned, probably best to see how much confidence the sellers response to the query gives us.

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    Good idea - will broach it with the sellers via their solicitors and find out how long ago it was done. I assume it is still a good idea to mention the full amount of work estimated incase there is any room for negotiation.

    The surveyor seemed to suggest that it was highly unusual to have concrete , plastic membrane (seemed to suggest plastic was a bodge) then flooring so I was worried that we would have to rip it all up and put down a resin membrane which would be a pretty significant cost.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Victorian Terrace.

    @TW This was just a general full survey including structural on a house we've had an offer accepted on

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    I don't know how the readers work, does the reader breach through the DPM or is the reading from above?

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    Talking of our survey, can anyone advise on the below?

    My understanding is that an engineered wood flooring has been laid over the top of a concrete floor with a sheet of plastic between. In the cupboard under the stairs old vinyl flooring remains and this is where the plastic sheet can be seen by lifting it up.

    The survey is recommending a full resin damp proof membrane to the ground floor. Is this a general improvement recommendation or essential? There doesn't appear to be any sign of damp on walls only in note attached below (Taken under stairs). A quick search suggests concrete, plastic, engineered floor is ok?

    Consider providing a permanent damp proof course to the ground floor following the removal of the vinyl flooring and timber beneath. This may involve a modified resin damp proof membrane with a screed laid over the top. No allowance for new floor coverings. - £3.5k

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    Our full survey came to about 20k - 5k of which we would need to actioned straight away, potentially before moving in and another 10k in the next 5 years (nothing structural, general disrepair) and the place looked fairly normal. Just for some perspective on what a survey could reveal on that. If the price is still ok with that factored in then obviously its fine.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    thanks, we actually just got our survey back and they estimated it at a £700 cost so nothing shocking.

    £5k to remove bitumen felt (apparently not meant for long term weatherproofing) on parapet wall and re-do with something proper seems crazy though (?!)

    That was the only major cost from survey and 1-2k to modernise the electrics which we were expecting.

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    The fact the surveyor didn't see any structural issues gives me hope that we could potentially ignore it. When you say a 'pretty simple job' how simple are we talking and £££

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    Waiting on full report back but wondered if anyone had had similar - surveyor mentioned that the roof has at some point had new heavier tiles to replace the old slate tiles and that it needs some additional support. It's a victorian terrace house.

    Where I'm currently living (also victorian terrace but renting) I can see that the majority of houses have switched from slate to concrete tiles so must be quite common? Annoying though!

    Was a full survey - structurally all OK

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    They also had a hot water bottle..

    I've bought a liner as the temp is now looking closer to zero

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