Selling ours and buyer's survey is next week (home buyers). We have a crack in one of our ceilings which is longish. DH argues it's hairline and not and issue, I'm paranoid that it's going to show up in the survey as ceiling needing to be replaced.
If you have bought and had a survey done on a 1930s house recently, or any house with lath and plaster ceilings, were cracks such as this brought up?
Can you see the top side of your ceiling from in the attic? Whether it matters or not depends on whether it is 'blown' or not. Basically this means whether the plaster has started to come away from the 'lath'. You can also sometimes tell by by the sound it makes if you tap it.
Mine had a crack in it for about 20 years and it didn't cause a problem but for cosmetic reason (it was artex) I recently had it all plasterboarded over - cost about £400 for a one bedroom flat
Either way it may need some work but is not a major problem
We bought a three-bed thirties house that was a wreck. The bedrooms are all in a row and the middle bedroom’s ceiling had collapsed so was obviously on the survey. The other two weren’t mentioned (despite cracks) but we pulled them down and re-did all three ceilings for peace of mind.
We have lots of hairline cracks, mainly coming from the corners of rooms, or from the points where chimney breasts have been removed. They’ve been there since we moved in 20 years ago and nothing has fallen in so far! None were mentioned on the survey we had done when we moved in. I think they’re just caused by slight movement in the house/heating and cooling etc.
Occasionally I fill and paint over them. Some have stayed filled. Some have opened back up again. I did worry about them once upon a time, but not any more.
The kitchen and bathroom have both had new plasterboard ceilings now, but for a long time we lived with a massive sag in the kitchen ceiling where the water cylinder above leaked. Even that seemed quite stable!
the house we have an offer on and survey done on has some quite big cracks in the lathe and plaster ceiling, took a builder round who reckons just replace the ceilings in 3 rooms, its a 2 week job and we took the price of it off our offer. He said it wasnt a major issue
Even if it comes up, I don’t think it’s a big deal. Our last house was a 5-bed and all the ceilings and walls needed redoing (they were lath and plaster). It cost a few k but didn’t take more than a couple of weeks. I think feejee’s builder says 2 weeks for 3 ceilings to cover his back - he’ll probably juggle several jobs and won’t spend that much time on site.