cracks in house we are buying and having a panic

(5 Posts)
flownthecoopkiwi Sat 26-Nov-16 18:52:40

Bedroom and lounge below have internal and external cracks in wall. Got a survey done by specialist who said it was due to thermal movement as south facing wall and concrete lintels and new windows. He said it's not serious. Helifix have assessed his diagnosis and agreed that crack stitching and bars will sort it.

So why now, a week from exchange am I panicking and feel like I'm buying a house that will fall down?

cappy123 Sun 27-Nov-16 22:40:56

Either pull out, or trust the experts. Just had a building survey done on the house we're about to exchange on, which is built on a hill. Lots of subsidence 30 years ago, but which has massively underpinned. Our building survey showed no further movement so we're going ahead.

Oh also - check to see if you can get insurance. You're liable for insurance from the moment you exchange.

flownthecoopkiwi Sun 27-Nov-16 22:55:10

U did and we can. Talked to neighbors and all the houses built at the same time in the development have the same cracks and all still standing so have relaxed ,smile

heron98 Mon 28-Nov-16 12:40:07

We also bought a house that had had past subsidence due to a cracked drain and still has cracks, the report says the movement was historic and has ceased. We really liked the house so trusted the report and went ahead.

My only fear is others will be put off if we try to sell but we don't plan on doing that any time soon.

flownthecoopkiwi Mon 28-Nov-16 12:43:15

this isn't subsidence, but thermal expansion, bad lintels and possibly settlement, and none of the issues were picked up in the valuation. We are getting it all fixed ASAP

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