QuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuoteOriginally posted by: hayesQuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnFirst, is the deal done and dusted? Or can you haggle a bit on the deal? Was an engineering study made of the ground under the house?Not done and dusted - It is certainly the cornerstone of the whole deal now but shouldn't be too much of a problem to negotiate. The property is 150 years old, it's going to have some issues regardless of how well it has been looked after.I would investigate. Caveart emptor. Let seller's engineer convince you.Some questions:1. Are there mature trees in vicinity (tree roots have a tendency to grow into (sewage) pipes, serious). I have a real-life anecdote on this, but it is lunch-time 2. Underground rivers3. Are you sure it's rising damp (root cause analysis, no pun intended).4. If water table changes, then the cracks in the wall.5. Does the house have foundations, ueberhaupt??I live near North Sea and big canal. Bought a 100-year old house 11 years ago. Knocked it down. Then we built a 5 metre deep foundation and rebuilt in the original style using 21st centuy technology, as zeta can testify to.BTW you might be be able to negotiate grants for double glazing.One tree that is too close, but not causing any damage (yet) - That will come down straight away though. No underground rivers, I've had 2 independant surveys that say it is mild rising damp. Nothing serious enough to cause cracking etc so long as it is addressed now. It's been there for 150 years and hasn't fallen down yet, so I assume there must be some foundations, although I have no idea how deep. I think if that was the problem it would've caused more problems by now than just a bit of damp, but it's possible.I think it is a pretty simple job. Sort out what is causing the problem, and fix the damage. It's freehold so I won't need to worry about landlords or obstructive neighbours.Can you tell us the tree story?
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