Particular attention was paid to the roof of a property on Asquith Avenue in Morley, Leeds as a number of slate tiles were missing and the roof was visibly in a poor state.
Our Leeds Surveyor was instructed following an initial chat with the purchaser where it had been suggested by the agent that all that was required was to replace a couple of roof tiles.
Following a thorough Building Survey and an internal inspection of the roof void it was revealed that in fact there was no waterproof sarking on the underside of the roof timbers and as a result there had been significant water incursion in the roof void leading to rot in the timbers. Furthermore their was visible evidence of water stains to the 1st floor ceilings.
The surveyor recommended a complete re-roofing of the property which, assuming the majority of slate tiles could be salvaged, would still likely cost in excess of £10, 000.
The roof would need to be fully stripped and the roof tiles re layed upon a new waterproof breathable roofing felt as there was not natural ventilation to the roof space.
An absence of damp proof course was also confirmed and was consistent with the age and construction methods used at the time of building in Leeds.
Our client therefore approached the vendor for a significant reduction in the asking price to cover the cost of the works and disruption.