Tackle Damp Before You Sell In 2019
How to identify and tackle common damp problems before putting your Essex property on the market this year.
If you’re looking to sell your Essex home this year, then you may have a bit of competition on your hands. A recent property forecast conducted by Savills estate agents predicts that prices will likely stagnate throughout 2019 before rising again by an estimated 2% in 2020. The uncertainty surrounding the future of Brexit is largely to blame for the expected static market this year. So, if you’re planning to sell, then you’ll need to make sure your home is in tip-top condition to appeal to buyers – this means not only enhancing curb appeal and interior aesthetics, but also dealing with problems such as damp that crop up in a home survey. Here are some common types of damp that you’ll need to tackle head-on before putting your Essex home on the market in 2019.
The county boasts some beautiful period buildings, but as all buyers will be aware, older properties can mean structural complications and large repair bills. One typical problem with historic homes built before 1875, when building regulation were first introduced, is that of rising damp. Our current regulations require the foundations of a property to be damp-proofed using a membrane barrier which prevents ground water from being soaked up into the floor and lower walls of the home. In situations where you suspect damp is soaking through, you’ll need to call a professional with experience of damp proofing in Essex for an assessment of the issue.
With chilly winter weather and the threat of the Beast from the East bringing us frosty temperatures, many homes have had their heating cranked up for the past few months. Whilst it’s important to stay cosy, a build-up of heating, coupled with a lack of ventilation and cold external walls means that water droplets are prone to settling, causing a build-up of moisture, ultimately forming mould. Not only are such patches of damp extremely unsightly, acting as a complete turn-off to prospective buyers, but they’re also damaging to the health of the household.
Where rising damp deals with excess water entering your property from the ground and travelling upwards, penetrating damp also refers to the path of water from outdoors entering your home, although the source is different. Penetrating damp is often caused by cracked window frames where rainwater is allowed to seep in. Alternatively, blocked gutters or broken drainpipes are also common culprits, causing a build-up of water to permeate through your external walls into the home. As well as being unsightly, this type of damp isn’t always immediately obvious to the homeowner, and can cause structural damage to the framework of your property. Timber frames may need to be treated, or sections may need to be removed and replaced depending on the extent of damage.
If you spot any signs of damp in your home – a musty smell, patches of mould or spores, then deal with them urgently to preserve the value of your Essex home, as well as your chances of selling it with ease in 2019.