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Damp Survey Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for a Damp Survey

Damp occurs when there is unwanted moisture or water in a building. When not attended, it can lead to structural damage. Because of the prevalent climate in the UK, damp is a serious problem in many homes, leaving them unhealthy, cold and less than ideal settings in the process. If you think that your home may suffer from damp problems, you need to seek out a surveyor who will then carry out an investigation fast.  

Typically, there are three damp issue types which you could face in your home: penetrating damp, rising damp, as well as condensation. A rising damp problem is due to groundwater moving through the property walls. This can be easily signified by tide marks, which should be noticeable on your walls. This could also lead to damaged floorboards and skirting boards. There are even cases when it causes the plaster to crumble and the wallpaper to peel, especially along the lower skirts of your wall. A penetrating damp is usually rain that has penetrated due to water that has leaked through the cracks in your masonry. This could also be due to missing or broken roof tiles. This can be identified by damp patches on the floors, ceilings, or walls of your home. Condensation, on the other hand, has to do with water vapour that has condensed on the walls— a common problem in Britain, especially around October to March. 

Damp problems can trigger a host of respiratory problems including asthma. This is because spores and other growth may thrive in the damp which can lead to immunological and infectious illnesses. Damp can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria— leading to diseases and other health risks. Also, leaving damp untreated for a long time will result in considerable damage that may be too costly to repair. This is also why you need to secure a HomeBuyer Report from a surveyor if you want to buy a property to ensure that potential damp issues are identified and duly investigated. 

Different damp types will have different treatments so proper diagnosis is essential. A damp survey is necessary to do so. Carrying out a damp treatment that isn’t appropriate for the specific damp problem you are dealing with will just be a total waste of your money, resources and time. A qualified expert is needed to assess the extent of the problem. Qualified damp surveying experts will have the necessary CSRT or CRDS certificate so always ask for their credentials before tapping their expert services. 

Most of the damp surveys in the country are often carried out in conjunction with mortgage applications. However, these surveyors will only carry out the minimum terms required to come up with a Homebuyers Report. This means that they will just take the readings on their moisture metre and determine if there are adverse readings included in their report. This puts a condition on the application recommending that a damp professional should be hired to determine the extent of the problem whilst also providing a quote concerning the necessary work or treatment that needs to get carried out before the mortgage application gets approved.

Damp Survey Costs

The costs for damp surveys will be based significantly on the property size. For a 3-bed house that is semi-detached, the costs could come up to £250 when performed by a fully certified and qualified surveyor. If you have a smaller property— say a 2-bed flat, the costs could be about £200 as it would take less time to complete. Larger properties on the other hand— like a 4-bed detached home, could cost about £300. 

Location can be a factor in the overall pricing. So, if you live in London or the South East, the costs could be around £350. However, in other parts of the country where the cost of living is generally lower, the overall amount involved would usually come up to £150. If you want to expedite the results, there is such a thing as a same-day report but this would cost you an additional £50. 

There will be no need for a tom of materials to carry out the task. However, the time and effort that these tradespeople have invested in securing their qualifications can have a major effect on how much they are going to price their services. 

Cost Breakdown

For getting a 3-bed terraced house surveyed for damp, the costs could come up to £250. Of that, £12.50 pays for the materials and the remaining £237.50 will cover the tradesman fees.