The property was a typical 1930s three-bedroom end of terrace house. It had off street parking to the front and a garden with a detached garage to the rear.
The construction was traditional, with solid load bearing masonry walls, timber joist and boarded floors and an older replacement clayware interlocking tile roof.
We found that this house was in a neglected condition. The lining to the roof tiles was perished, which meant it could allow rainwater to enter, especially in severe weather conditions. The gutters and other rainwater goods were defective, causing some dampness at high level internally.
Poorly maintained properties should always ring alarm bells for potential buyers. If you are a homeowner, you should have a maintenance plan in place – small repairs matter.
If you are buying a property, do not take it on face value. We always recommend a building survey to find any potential hidden problems, including damp. If you need a building survey for a property you are looking to buy in Bromley and the surrounding areas, please contact us for a quote.
Take a look at another case study on a recent building survey we have completed, here.