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“Dated and shabby” – Building Survey in Cornwall raises serious concerns for Dr S

A Building Survey in Cornwall has found significant defects in a two-storey Victorian terrace in the town of St Ives.

Dr S was considering purchasing the property but wisely contacted Fridaysmove first. We engaged a local Chartered Surveyor with knowledge of the area to conduct a comprehensive Building Survey on the old three-bedroom house.

Dr S gets a poor diagnosis from Cornwall Building Survey

The Chartered Surveyor was dismayed at the deficit of maintenance that was evident upon his inspection of the site, saying it was “generally dated and shabby”.

He went on to state:

“Clearly this property would benefit from complete redecoration in and out. ”

Kitchen and bathroom should be demolished, says Chartered Surveyor in Cornwall

This Building Survey in Cornwall recommended that the kitchen and bathroom be demolished and rebuilt. It went on to outline a long list of repairs that would be necessary before new occupants moved in.

The costly list included:

  • Painting of the exterior walls to eliminate penetrating damp.
  • Asking a general builder to inspect and repair the render over the side extension and to the rear chimney to prevent ingress of water and further deterioration.
  • Asking a roofer to quote for replacement of all flat roofs if the aforementioned structures are not to be demolished.
  • Employing a damp proofing specialist contractor to investigate dampness and quote for repairs to the failed, inadequate or non-existent damp coursing.
  • Replacing the windows with double glazed units.
  • Upgrading the heating system.

This (not exhaustive) list gives an idea of the amount of work that Dr S would be taking on. Unless he had a significant amount of time and money to spend on the property, he would find that the purchase was quite literally unsound.

This case highlights the necessity, particularly in old homes, of asking a Chartered Surveyor to inspect a property before you buy. Had Dr S proceeded to sale without ordering this Building Survey in Cornwall, he may have found himself paying much more than he expected for the tired St Ives home.  

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