A good core saves a London home from its rotten outside

A Property Survey in London has found a home in need of significant restoration as wet rot was devouring its timbers, however the interior proved to be its saving grace.

Outside; Property Survey finds wet rot in fasciae, doors and windows

Viewed from the street, the 1920s property was visibly dilapidated. The HomeBuyer Report noted that there were a number of problems that could be seen even before entering the property.

Immediately evident was:

  • The high ground level around the perimeter walls. This was allowing moisture to bridge the damp proof course and could cause rising damp. A soakaway would need to be installed.
  • The softwood fasciae and soffits had badly flaking paintwork – ”Which, ” said the Surveyor, “is evidence of timber decay and rot attack. ” This repair would require a scaffold that would add significant expense.
  • A build up of wet rot on the patio door due to rain splashing. Replacement would be required.
  • Wet rot had also entered the window frames. Refurbishment would require the cutting out and replacement of affected timber.

Inside; a vast improvement in Property Survey in London

After such a dismal view from the outside, the Surveyor was no doubt pleasantly surprised when he found the interior to be much better cared for. He raised few additional concerns in this Property Survey in London. However, he did urge the buyer to have an electrical engineer inspect the power supply as it had not been checked for some time.

The other consideration for the homebuyer would have been the home’s location. On the surface, this would have been an excellent South London locale. The HomeBuyer Report noted that:

  • “Nearby facilities and local amenities are available on Lewisham High Street a mixture of shops, bars and restaurants can be found.  
  • Ladywell Train station is located within half a mile of the property, it provides frequent over line train services into London Bridge Train Station, Central London.  
  • A number of desirable schools are available within relative distance from the house. ”

However, the aforementioned train line ran right behind the property. This may have caused a noise problem for the buyer.

After considering all of the problems the Surveyor was still positive about the prospects for the house. His Property Survey in London recommended the buyer proceed to sale, although they needed to be aware that they would have to put significant work and money into restoring the home.