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Victorian country house in “dire state of repair” in Building Survey in Cornwall

A rambling Victorian mansion would be a labour of love for Ms L, according to a Building Survey in Cornwall.

The old country house was set amongst private grounds. These were, like the rest of the property, sorely in need of someone’s time, money and affection.

Serious issues that were uncovered during the Building Survey in Cornwall included:

  • The roof lacked any internal membrane or sarking felt. This, in combination with a lack of ventilation had caused a build-up of condensation which in turn had caused nail sickness. It was recommended that the buyer consider full replacement of the roof coverings.
  • The Surveyor in Cornwall noted that: “There was also evidence of beetle infestation to the majority of timbers within roof spaces entered. ”
  • The electrics were considered antiquated and a health and safety hazard.
  • The damp proof course had failed, leading to significant damp penetration in the interior.
  • The majority of chimney stacks were “in a dire state of repair”.
  • He also found: “evidence of dry rot to the rear first floor bedroom which should also be addressed as a matter of urgency”.

A litany of defects in Building Survey in Cornwall

These were only the worst of a litany of damp, defects and disorder. The Chartered Surveyor was also concerned that the home was in a medium to high risk radon gas area. Radon is a radioactive by-product of mining which affects some areas of England and Wales. The Conveyancing Solicitor would investigate this further.  

The buyer would need to consider their purchase carefully in light of this report. She could now budget carefully for the significant repairs that the property required. She could also make the argument to the current owner that the price should be reduced in line with the impending repair costs.  

A Victorian country mansion sounds like a romantic and appealing purchase. Mrs L’s bucolic vision was given a reality check by the Building Survey in Cornwall.

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