Interior Wall Problems

interior wall problems
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When buying a home to renovate, first thoughts often turn to the ‘four walls’; the exterior defences that protect the house from the elements. But the interior walls deserve just as close an inspection — on occasion, they can even hint at major underlying problems.

That said, not every crack is a sign of serious structural movement: hairline cracks at the joints between plasterboard could simply be indicative of the shrinkage of the boards, for example. Meanwhile, issues such as ‘thin’ party walls and mould may be easier to remedy than first thought.

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.