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Cracks along wall and ceiling, possible explanations?

Hi, Just recently looked at a property perfect for our family. On a second viewing discovered cracks along the walls and ceiling (where corniche would be) this was throughout the property. Our first view is of possible subsidence... what other explanation could there be ?? Thanks for your help.

Asked on Jan 23 2011, General in Bournemouth | Report content

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  • Most property’s experience a small amount of movement. For instance, if the property is relatively new you it can experience settlement movement which does require attention. Most older property’s will show some signs of movement, cracking etc but it does not necessarily mean the property has subsidence. If you have concerns, it may be best to instruct a private inspection by a qualified RICS surveyor.

    Answered on Jan 25 2011, Report content
  • Always have a survey done, no matter whether there are cracks or it looks perfect. The likelihood is that it is just settlement cracks, but get an expert to survey before buying.

    Answered on Jan 28 2011, Report content
  • Completly agree with the above. It is unlikely to be subsidence, however it is always advisable to get a qualified surveyor have a look. It is better to find any problems with the property before purchasing, as appose to buying, and then finding something!

    Answered on Feb 3 2011, Report content

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