Damp Proofing Question

I got a damp report, but half the house couldnt be checked. what did i pay for?

Currently buying a 3 bed house, surveyors messed up and its been 6weeks until i finally got my valuation report. It said the flat roof on back is knackered, and also has penetrating damp in property.

I paid £60 to have a damp specialist look at it,and they forgot to send me the report too! After enquiring theyve finally sent it me, Turns out the chimney needs cowls, and flaunching around the pots, plus may be more work on the chimney?

They said the roof needs extending as its not overhanging enough, and guttering replacing.

They then said they couldnt check all the property for damp, as some walls are boarded up? and also they couldnt get to some walls because of furniture (the house was being vacated that day so i dont see how they couldnt get to walls???)

they then quoted me 2712 to remove plaster, inject damp proof, and rerender, then apply 3 coats of biokill crown vapour membrane to form a vertical barrier. Then plaster skim finish.

they said it has rising and pentrating damp.

What have i paid £60 for?? I understand theyve looked at it etc, but theyve said they couldnt check some walls and to keep money aside just incase they have damp????? i thought the whole point of paying them money was to check the whole property and to tell me whats wrong with it, not say they cant check half of it.....

could anyone else offer any estimates of costing for the other jobs.. its a 1920s build, terraced house

2 Answers

we are a manchester company so i dont no if that is any good for you,but if so we would like to have a look at your work and be able to give you a no obligation quote and a free estimate,regards chris.

Answered 14th May 2012

C&M Complete Electrical & Building Services

Member since 27 Feb 2009

Hi, If you have paid £60.00 for a fully qualified CSRT surveyor to inspect the property that is cheap.You have paid for his time and knowledge his vehicle maintenance fuel and insurances,not forgetting the clerical work that has to be done.Its really just a very small reward for the visit bearing in mind the sale of the property may fall through and no contract obtained.Normally the survey fee is refundable if the the work is carried out.As to the content of the report I can not comment as each property varies in condition.The survey is also to accessable areas only.As you are obviously not happy I would instruct a fully qualified surveyor/contractor to offer you a second opinion.Charges normally apply.Good luck!

Answered 14th May 2012

Baileystorm Preservation

Member since 19 Oct 2011

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