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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Property purchase with fire damage

    Hi guys,

    Im a newbie on here so apologies if this has been answered somewhere else on this forum.

    Basically, I am thinking of purchasing a property that has had fire damage so the roof is totally destroyed. I have had a look at the rest of the property and there isnt much fire damage however a wet August means alot of rain damaging/walls the ceilings inside.

    This is going to be my first major renovation project and wanted to know if building regs will be involved for the replacement of the roof only or for the entire property renovation? Will I be able to do some of the work or will this have to be given as a project to a contactor?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Crikey!  That's a big project to take on as a newbie!

    I am assuming this is a cash purchase?

    I don't know the answer to your questions but I am sure someone else does and hopefully they will comment. Smile

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    Hi Venessa, yes its a cash purchase. I have a couple of properties and can do most of the DIY myself but first time for a property with no roof on it, lol.


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    Walk away.

    It's not for you.

    It's a job for an experienced builder.

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    Beware. I once viewed a local house with what seemed to me like not much damage, but several experienced property people told me to walk away. They had learned the hard way, costing them a lot more money than budgeted. The damage is always worse than it appears. The heat gets into everything, rafters, beams, cables, meaning a complete rewire, pipe joints...

    It's like an iceberg, where 90% of it is not visible.

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    Totally agree.

    With most fire damaged properties, the most cost-effective solution is a complete demolition and rebuild from scratch.

    More complicated in a mid-terrace, but still probably the best option.

    With a detached house, I would say it's ALWAYS the best option. Even just demolishing and clearing the site, then selling as a building plot will probably be better than trying to repair.

    I would never want to buy a fire damaged house that had been ''repaired''.

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    I dont think that is a relevant analogy.  a building is different to flesh.

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    Hi, Saeed. One wholesale price for construction work from the same company can be less, than the retail prices from a few companies. Take a time to compare carefully estimated quotations. All depends on negotiation.

    Think on the next 5 years, why do you need to search every time a new company who can work for you? Better try to find a business partner/developer. You will save a lot of time and money. Good luck!
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    Good afternoon,

    When looking to refurbish a property that has been fire damaged you need to be very careful indeed . First question I would want to know is why the insurance company aren’t undertaking completion of works themselves? 

    It’s very important that you have a such report done to see how much damage has been done to the structure due to the fire. 

    It may well be that there was a report available that the insurance company have had done - if so you need to get hold of it. 

    You will need building regulation for putting the roof back as well as possibly other matters .

    As always seek advice of a building surveyor.  And also speak to the building inspector at the council they may well know all about the property in the first place

    I hope this helps and good luck!
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    b. regs reqd for renewals eg roof, insulation, windows (or fensa), boiler (or gas safe), wiring (or niceic/eca), even ceilings in view of thermal and fire AD's, and any above ground drainage that is being altered/ added.

    if its a straight repair then b. regs not reqd.  but compliance should not be worse than before.

    yes of course you can do work yourself.

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    Some very important points made here guys, thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. Ive contacted a surveyor and going to get a structural survey done before committing to the purchase and speaking to building regs to find out a few things from them.

    Thanks again.
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