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    Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    Just had the survey back on the "Forever House".

    Damp. Lots of it.
    Wet rot. Similar amounts.
    Woodworm. Active. Many.

    I am now trying to explain to Mr emwithme that (a) it's a Victorian stone property that hasn't had any real updating since the 1970s (the bathrooms are green and pink respectively) so this is to be expected (b) that's why we paid for a survey, so we knew what the house needed doing BEFORE we committed to buy and (c) right now we have the money to put it right and then the house (less routine maintenance) will be lovely for years to come.

    Does anyone have a large implement I can use to batter this fact into his head?

    I'm now looking for tradespeople to quote for the remediation works. It's not (overly) cheeky to find out how much it'd cost to do this and then submit a revised purchase offer, is it? The house is priced fairly IF it was structurally sound (and just needed cosmetic updating and new kitchen), not so much if it needs taking back to the stone and replastering, and all the floors/stairs replaced cos they're either soggy or being eaten...

    #2
    Originally posted by emwithme View Post
    It's not (overly) cheeky to find out how much it'd cost to do this and then submit a revised purchase offer, is it?
    That is one of the main reasons for paying for something like a HomeBuyer Report or the next one up (which I never have). Revised offer or get the work done for me and allow me to inspect. Always risk involved obviously, but once a Surveyor has pointed-out an issue you are in a strong position because every other Surveyor should do the same, therefore putting the seller into a similar position each time. However, the other side - Agent, seller - will probably want to see the whole report, so be careful on how transparent you want to be. I decline that, for example, and take out pertinent bits - snippets from the PDF, showing items that are red on the traffic light scale. Anything orange I wouldn't usually kick up a fuss about, depends though.

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      #3
      No reason why not: With that sort of story I doubt they've had many offers...

      The 2nd house I bought (er.. with someone we don't talk about any more) needed new roof, central heating, new electrics, new bathroom, new kitchen, new airbricks (concreted over old ones..), had dry-rot in the cellar & a genuine "sitting tenant" paying £10/week for the top floor: Plus complete redecoration etc etc etc... Garden was massively overgrown - found a vixen & cubs in the middle of it (this was in Twickenham, urban area..). Bit of a gamble - it worked out!

      The dry rot (small patch about 8in in diameter) was fixed by a bloke for cash for £50 one saturday... rather than the usual rip-plaster-off to 6 foot etc etc etc...

      Then there's the house I bought at auction without ever seeing inside it (had just done a drive-by..) that worked out too....

      Is hubby a bit of a gambler??

      Go 4 it: Live a little!
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        I'd definitely go back with a revised figure. Some of the stuff you might be able to fix yourself (but I'd use a professional quote and bank the saving!).

        I had woodworm in a bungalow I bought and I sorted it myself very cheaply. I was gutting the place anyway so it was easy to see it was just in one area, the floorboards in hallway and fortunately it hadn't spread to the joists. We took up all the floorboards and treated the joists (just in case), threw out the contaminated boards and bought new ones. We then treated both sides of all the floorboards before replacing them. I can't remember the exact costs, but I'm sure it was less than £100.

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          #5
          Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh


          Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh,

          matron
          Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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            #6
            There is nothing that can't be fixed these days.

            People just freak at the words dry rot and wordworm. What you need are competent, straightforward tradesmen and maybe less of the surveyor types (a personal opinion).

            Put you case to the vendor and try several offers. Be prepared for living in shell for some time but I'm sure it will be worth it.



            Freedom at the point of zero............

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              #7
              Having a specialist damp/infestation surveyor look at it next Tuesday to give me costs of how much it would be to fix, then going back to the vendors with revised offers.

              We're fortunate that we're in rented at the moment and so won't give notice until we're ready to move so no living in shells or cooking off the camp stove (which is slightly disappointing Mr emwithme, he has a Very Large collection of antique primus stoves that he's renovated and he loves playing with them).

              Have I mentioned loving George Osborne yet?

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                #8
                Originally posted by emwithme View Post

                Have I mentioned loving George Osborne yet?
                That is the other advantage!



                Freedom at the point of zero............

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by emwithme View Post
                  ...Have I mentioned loving George Osborne yet?
                  His actions perhaps (& VAT refunds for hospices & rescue organisations,..) but not the man himself, surely.... but yes, congrats, should hopefully save you a bit!
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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