A Building Survey in Basingstoke has found that the 150-year-old terrace was in fine fettle for a building of its era. Minor repairs were all that were required for the home to be considered a viable purchase.
Accessible tranquillity in Hampshire Building Survey
The three-bedroom home, located just outside the bustling Hampshire town, enjoyed a rural setting with all the advantages of being an 8 minute drive away from Basingstoke’s centre.
With a bus route at the doorstep and views over hedgerows and fields, the Building Survey reported that the Victorian home offered a fine mix of convenience and quietude.
Brickwork creates minor concerns in Building Survey in Basingstoke
Victorian terraces often succumb to a phenomenon known as ‘the domino effect’. This occurs when the weight of all the houses in the row begin to lean on the end terrace. This can lead to major structural damage and even, in extreme cases, collapse.
This Building Survey in Basingstoke found that its subject – itself an end terrace – was not suffering any signs of major settlement or structural movement. Unfortunately, in houses of this age, there is always some repair work to be done. Often these problems have not obviously manifested themselves and so remain hidden. Building Surveys are an absolute must for properties of this age. A Chartered Surveyor can predict crises before they occur and recommend preventative measures.
Preventative measures recommended by Building Survey in Basingstoke
- Having a competent person lower the ground level around the house. This would prevent moisture in the soil from bridging the damp proof course and rising up the walls through the mortar – this phenomenon is known as rising damp.
- Remove ivy from the front main wall. Ivy looks beautiful hanging from the walls of a home. Unfortunately, it also destroys them. The roots of the plant will penetrate weak points in the mortar and cause damp penetration and structural fragility.
- A few areas of ageing and defective brickwork were noted. These needed cutting out and replacing to prevent their failure affecting the bricks around them.
The client who received this report would have been pleased to find that the Victorian home was betraying relatively few signs of the rigours of age. Attending to the touch-ups recommended by this Basingstoke Building Survey would mean it would be ready to spend another century-and-a-half watching over this little corner of the countryside.