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Derby surveyors homebuyers survey of a 1933 semi detached house.
Our home buyers surveyors found structural movement in several places due to initial foundation settlement, uneven floors due to failure to compact the base, water penetration and dampness, old electrics, evidence of rats in the roof void, conversion of a former outhouse into a kitchen extension, a number of removed internal walls, and disintegrating concrete on a homebuyers survey and report of this Derby semi detached house
Typical 1930's semi-detached house with rendered first floor to save money on facing bricks. Although it cannot be seen from the photograph the heavy gable end has caused by window bays to settle slightly in relation to the main house.
Note the tall slender chimney. This will be relatively unstable and need to be carefully maintained. The blank wall of the mono pitched roof part of the property is an indication that the kitchen has been extended into a former outhouse.
Blocked door of a former toilet or coal store that is now a kitchen extension.
Fracturing and slight collapse of the arch above the front door is a very common failure on 1930's properties. Fortunately it is seldom a serious problem because as the arch fails the bricks jam together effectively repairing its self.
Evidence of water damage due to either condensation or perhaps water penetration through the cracks as they face the prevailing wind
The door step is fractured and sags towards the left which would be consistent with the arch failing due to settlement of the front corner of the property
1970's or so fuse box. The rewirable fuses have been repalced with coruit breakes. There is however no RCS protection against an escape of current should a fault develop or the cables be damaged
Damp stains. In this instance likely to be caued by condenation as they are in the corner of a poorly vented cupboard.
The surface of the sags by the steel support and also slopes to the left. Likely to be caused by slumping of either the concrete or base due to poor compaction
As the window opens it obstructs the opening making escape difficult. .
The droppings are likely to belong to a rat. They are common in roof voids crawling up the interior of cavity walls or conduits
The vertical fracturs of the column are due to the reinforcing corroding and exanding which force the concrete off.
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