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 Homebuyers Survey of 1930 terrace house Derby.

Typical ex local authority property. Cavity brick walls, two course engineering brick damp proof course, tile roof and replacement Plastic framed windows. The air vents in the engineering brick damp proof course suggest that the property will have a suspended timber floor in at least the front reception room. The small central chimney suggests that there will be or have been two ground floor fireplaces. This is slightly earlier than this becoming common practice just after the war as central and hot water heating systems developed. Many pre-war properties would often have five flues, four being for fireplaces in the reception room and bedrooms and one for a stove in the kitchen.

 

Note the shared driveway. Always a good source of dispute. This one also has a pedestrian right of way down the middle to remote houses. It is likely that the central path was once separated from two private paths by two privet hedges that have been removed to create the access to the garages that can be seen. This raises the question as to whether the vehicular rights have been formalised obtained by prescription or are an informal arrangement. Problems may develop if the properties change hands and an owner decides to erect a fence. There is also the possibility that the owners of the remote properties have now obtained prescriptive rights over the wider drive area

 

 Frost damaged brick faces have fallen into the channel. This is common on the top one or two courses of bricks. This must be a storm drain or it would have blocked. It is also likely that if the channel was a sewer that it would have been warm and the bricks would not have frozen.

 

Out of square door frame due to slight historic foundation movement. Very common in pre-war properties. The movement is unlikely to re-occur. Nearby floors may also slope if the walls that support them have moved.

 

Heat loses from this hot water cylinder will be incredible, but in this property may be beneficial as there is no central heating. Whilst the electric cables on the wall appear to be plastic coated the switch is of some age. Probably from the late 1960's early 1970's

 

 Typical lead waste pipe. Lead water pipes are generally not a problem in the Midlands as the water is hard and cannot dissolve the lead. The interior of the pipes also furs up with lime scale providing a protective coating

 

Galvanised Water Tank. These should be checked carefully for corrosion. Never touch any white patches of it is likely to burst. Most would replace it with plastic for peace of mind

 1980's fuse box with circuit breakers added later and RCD protection. The system despite its age is likely to be fundamentally safe. Beware of the electrician who quotes for a re-wire.

Low sockets are vulnerable to damage. The visible cable suggests that an amateur has been busy.

Polystyrene is a fire hazard as it burns at a very high temperature. The smoke will however probably have poisoned you before you burn. Removal of the tiles is likely to damage the ceiling so that it has to be skimmed.

 

 

 

 

 

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