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Homebuyers report says wall tie failure, but builder says no....what next?

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DataColour Thu 26-Nov-15 09:47:55

In the process of buying a 1930s house and Homebuyers report says "There are signs that the building is affected by wall tie failure, which can be serious. Specialist inveistigation and remedial work is now required", and gives it a Condition Rating 3.

The builder we send around to investigate this and another couple of things brought up by the survey, says he doesn't think there is wall tie failure.

Do we trust the builder and assume that the surveyor was covering his back, or do we now have to get a proper wall tie survey done with a specialist company?


DolorestheNewt Thu 26-Nov-15 09:51:08

Hi DataColour, since we are also just buying a 1930s house, and waiting to get to the point of survey, I am just gatecrashing your thread! Interested to see the responses! brew

DataColour Thu 26-Nov-15 10:08:14

Hi Doleres!

Getting a bit frustrated with the whole process because we know nothing about these things, and we were relying on the builder to just give us a quote for the wall tie failure. From what I read online, wall tie failure is quite common in 1930s houses.......

lalalonglegs Thu 26-Nov-15 11:51:16

Why don't you ask the surveyor what reason he has for suspecting wall tie failure - explain that your builder couldn't see any evidence and take it from there?

DataColour Thu 26-Nov-15 12:13:39

That's a really good idea lalalonglegs! I'll try and contact the surveyor.

lighteningirl Thu 26-Nov-15 14:37:46

We had the same last year and used a specialist wall tie company. It sounds worse than it is so don't panic but do use a specialist finalist not a general buildr. We had the work done a couple of months after we moved in the whole front wall with guarantee was £360

kali43 Sat 28-Nov-15 09:05:47

oh wish we had that quote lightening ours came back at £1200 + VAT shock. Haven't done it yet - will get another company in to quote too.

MiaowTheCat Sun 29-Nov-15 18:43:26

Our house is late 20s-ish and our survey came back with a terrifying list of stuff in it. What we did was we took it to our builder neighbour (we were buying in the same street we already rented in) who obviously knew the houses well as he lived in one and got his opinion on it all, and then the surveyor was very very helpful on the phone and went through it all giving a slightly less arse-covering viewpoint on everything in there than he'd obviously put into print for the survey. So whereas the survey had the roof as being absolutely shot - on the phone he said we probably had about 5 years in it to be able to save to replace it - was about right on the money with that estimate to be honest.

DolorestheNewt Wed 02-Dec-15 10:19:00

This thread's been very interesting for me - thanks to all! Hope everything's going OK, OP.
We are stuck in chain hell, so lots of potential for it all to go tits up. Patience, patience, patience...

DataColour Wed 02-Dec-15 14:35:21

Apparently it was raining really hard that day and the builder didn't spend that much time looking at the outside wall!

I spoke to the surveyor who said he recommended a wall tie survey, but he said the wall will be fine for many many years still before the ties might need changing in his opinion. So we are kind of ignoring it for now. It's only a small section of wall anyway which has a very slight bulge and he says it is unlikely to get any worse.

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