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Edwardian House with previous ground movement - Others experience?

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Hi all,

So I've been looking at an Edwardian house to purchase. Ive had a Level 3 structural survey carried out on the property (awaiting the full written review). Meeting with the surveyor after he completed his look around he mentioned that the house had signs of previous movement (e.g. tilts floor boards, bow in the roof) but no signs of current issue and wouldn't recommend needing a structural engineer to look at it.

It's worried me quite a bit and so I wanted to ask around and see if people have had similar experience of this. Of course, I'll wait to the get the written report but does your home have similar issues? Have you regretted buying an older house? Would a new build just have similar issues 10 years down the line?


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All properties settle (within the first 10 years typically), and many/most will move further over time.  Slow progressive movement is generally fine and good design/workmanship will accommodate this without problem.  Eg. If slow progressive stepped cracking in brickwork has been repointed and no further cracking/movement is recorded, the movement has stopped or is within the tolerance of the brick/mortar to accommodate - sometimes this initial movement can be significant, but 50 years later it remains stable.  If the crack forms again, this you need to consider the rate of further/progressive movement and potentially act.  

Fast/abrupt movement caused by the ground (eg. historic mining, water table/tree removal, etc), is where you can end up with a problem you need to address. 

Regarding new buildings; I see a whole host of issues arising from design, materials and workmanship - buildings and materials are now very complex and are all too often missed in the gaps/coordination between specialists (just look at Grenfell, it’s unfortunately not uncommon) - all will keep me gainfully employed and I’d personally rather buy something that’s of an older generation. 

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