First Time Buyer, is it a good idea to buy a
Non-Traditional Construction property?
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Buying your first house, why should you have a Building Survey carried out?
Too good to be true!
What does Non-traditional construction mean?
Non-traditional housing Post War
After World War II the UK housing stock had been seriously depleted due to bomb damage and also the demolition of any properties that had been rendered unsafe. A lot of the housing that remained had suffered a lack of maintenance during the war years so new housing was required, and fast! Different methods of non-traditional construction were proposed and these continued to be built from the 1940's through to the 1960's.
Cold bridging problems
Although these Non-traditional construction properties were an answer to the shortage of housing they were not without their problems. One of the main issues with them is cold bridging and condensation.
What is cold bridging, why is it a problem?
Our property database
We have our own property database known as XHouse which helps us identify the typical problems that are present in every era of property. The property database is designed around the age, type and style of the property and we have literally been building this database for over a decade. This property database is unique to our Building Surveyors.
Alterations to the house have increased the chance of condensation
Over the years there have been alterations made to the property. These changes may have improved the thermal efficiency of the property but because of the lack of knowledge about non-traditional houses they have also increased the chance of condensation.
Double glazed windows without trickle vents
The property had plastic double windows. Unfortunately these did not have trickle vents to allow air flow into the property.
Lack of extract fans in the property
Mass of insulation in the loft without ventilation
The level of insulation in the roof was not appropriate for an older building, such as this one, as there was no ventilation in the roof. This could be added via vents to the fascias and soffits.
Meeting the building surveyor at the property when possible
We always enjoy meeting our clients at the survey whenever possible as we are able to talk about any plans they may have to alter and amend the property and also to advise on how to solve any problems that we come across.
Here are some links to some of our surveying articles that we think may be of interest to you;
Compare our Building Surveys but don't compare Apples with Thursdays
If you are buying your first property and require a Building Survey or a Structural Survey we believe as Building Surveyors we have a wealth of experience and expertise that we can utilise to help you. What's more we are so confident with our higher than average standards that we believe that there is no other comparable survey available in the UK property and surveying market.
This non-traditional property was not ideal for our client
Although the property did offer many of the things our client was looking for they felt that the risk of not being able to sell the property in a few years' time out weighed the positives of the house.
Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware!
What do the circles and ovals mean in our reports?
We always include many photos within our reports. Sometimes where there is a problem in the property that we wish to emphasize or highlight we will use circles or ovals to identify this, please see the photo below. If the report, along with our photos, does not explain the problem or characteristics of a property enough then we also have a vast range of sketches that we have had commissioned exclusively for us that we can use in our reports.
Independent Building Surveyors
We are experienced independent building Surveyors who are knowledgeable in carrying out structural surveys on all types, styles and eras of buildings. If you are looking to buy a property it makes sense to have a structural survey carried out by an Independent Surveyor. Phone us for a friendly chat on 0800 298 5424.
We have many other articles on our website for you to read
Please have a good look around our website to see how much detail we go into regarding property and its associated problems in our articles. We go into this much depth and detail within our reports as well.
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