One of the things that we would warn people about when buying a property for renovation is to always be careful of buying one that has had renovations completed.
John viewed this house and after being a builder for over 30 years, he knew what he was looking at, the roof and walls were in good condition, the roof was less than five years old. So as long as these were good he was happy.
I was happy that the house we moved in to had a toilet and shower, we have never had these so early in a renovation ( I kid you not, the first one didn´t even have floors or doors!)
But John had always been wary of buying anything that had had renovations completed as you have no idea how good they were, who had done them or if there were any dangers.
We find out that all of these things ere true very quickly.
I am having a shower after we had finished working and John was downstairs, when I hear him shouting, now is it just me or do you think that is a really dumb thing to do, I am in the shower, I am up a flight of stairs, the door is shut, what does he think I am going to hear?
Any way he comes running up and asks me to finish as quickly as possible, this is upsetting as the only warm place in the house in the evening is in the shower, I could happily spend a couple of hours her defrosting my bones, but I do as he asks.
It turns out that as the shower turns on, water pours down the walls in the main front room downstairs!
This means dismantling the shower to find the leak, the shower had actually been built with a leak in it, here is a photo of the floor boards underneath!
They have been rotting for years since it was installed.
The first job tomorrow is to buy a shower and put some new floor boards in place.
- Be wary of projects that have had work completed
- Ask for guarantees
- When viewing a property try all the taps (make sure there is a water supply no matter where it pours from or too)
- If you are not a professional, take a professional builder with you to check the project