Groundwork & Foundations Question

Living room floor slopes

Hi, we have made an offer on a house, approx built 1925. One thing is bugging me, the front living room floor is sloping down at one side, i'd say approx. 3-4cm. The side is the adjoining wall between this house and the next door neighbour’s house. Its only in the living room, the room behind the living room is fine. What could this be? I lifted the carpet and there wasn’t a gap between the skirting board and the floor.

5 Answers

its probably been like that since it was built.if thers no cracks it the walls above or below the floor joists it should be fine .if you want to level out the floor just knotch out the top of the joist and put some slate under the joists to level it off

Answered 30th Oct 2011

S.T.A.N. Construction

Member since 17 Aug 2008

suonds like a bit of subsidence

Answered 30th Oct 2011

mike franks building and landscaping services

Member since 23 Sep 2011

its a big investment buying a house and if you dont know what your looking at go and hire someone to do a survey it may save you a lot of money in the end.

Answered 30th Oct 2011

tom harveyassociates

Member since 30 May 2010

Hi amzkane
Instead of having the basic home buyers survey, go for the more thorough structural survey. This is obviously more expensive but as the advice above states, your making a big investment.
All the best

Answered 31st Oct 2011

Bellini Manufacturing

Member since 7 Apr 2011


we have just finished a house with the same problem. Check the old plans and get a survey or report from the house owners insurance company a good surveyor
chartered will be able to find out if the house has had subsidence as most insurers keep this on record.

You can rectify the floor problem just remove and start again its easier takes about 2 days to do the floor in one room.

A good sign is that there are no gaps between skirting and floor but be careful here crafty owners may have replaced the skirtings for a reason get my drift.

Hope this helps.

Answered 31st Oct 2011


Member since 27 Jan 2009

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