We are buying a 3 bed older property which will need rewiring, woodworm, damp and wet rot treatment, damp proof, new boiler etc etc where would we find out aprox costs and any grants or deals available please?

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  • Adam

    Carol,

    That is a truly exhaustive list of work to be undertaken! You will need a stern constitution and a very British stiff upper lip about everything if you decide to take the plunge and buy this property.

    Whilst I would love to give you firm assurances on what you would be paying in the instances you mention I am afraid it would be impossible without first properly surveying the property. The question "how much is it likely to cost" is wholly down to each individual job relative to your taste and the homes state of repair.

    "How long is a piece of string?" is probably the best, if most un-useful answer that can be given.

    For example, the spread and severity of the wet rot might just be in a downstairs room where you have the damp issues or it may have spread across the entire ground floor. It may have rotted away the bottom half of the stairs rendering them defunct. It may be easily treated or it might be so far gone that the entirety of the suspended timber floors and joists are written off and require replacing.

    That is just one example of how difficult it can be to pin a number down for any particular job, especially the ones that are hidden behind the walls and under the floorboards. Once the house is stripped back to brick (as it sounds like it needs in this case) then you should be able to get a better handle on prices.

    You may be able to predict with greater accuracy the boiler and heating system costs as well as the electrical installation. In this instance you will have to do a lot of research to help your contractors arrive at a quotation figure for you. On the electrical front every socket, switch, appliance and detail will add to the cost. There is no "average" 3 bed installation these days. You will need to decide how many sockets you want in each room and where. Do you want a TV point in each room? What about a telephone socket for the teens or CAT 5 wiring if you work from home? Did you want those sockets in plain white, a funky colour or in chrome? Each and every one of these decisions has a cost implication and you need to make these decisions early on so you don’t get hit with "£xtras" later on. The same premise is true for your heating system. Standard boiler or renewable technologies? Underfloor heating or standard radiator system? The possibilities are (almost) endless.

    I’m afraid I can’t help you with deals and grants. I think the internet will be able to help you further in your search there.

    As for the rest of your quotations you should seek local tradesman who (ideally) come recommended from friends or family. Failing that you could browse the websites that allow you to check the ratings of tradesman based on their previous work or find yourself a main contractor or project manager you trust to gather all these quotes on your behalf and execute the work.

    Yes there is a lot of hard work to be done but it does sound like a bit of an adventure so try and enjoy it. It might seem hard at times but the end result is always worth the effort.

    Good luck.

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