A Residential Building Survey with Kings & Queen Connections
DMP were instructed to undertake a Building Survey and Acquisition Report for a private client wishing to purchase a semi-detached property located within delightful Edenbridge.
The attractive property located on Hever Road, just a stones throw away from Hever Castle. With 700 years of history at the romantic double-moated 13th century castle. Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I.
During the survey, DMP established that the property has been extensively extended and converted in the recent past. Initially subdivided into two semi-detached properties from the original dwelling.
Through our due diligence and planning searches, the conversion and alteration to the original property was confirmed. Specifically with the erection of a two-storey extension to the rear, conversion of previous garage and the subdivision of the original detached property into two semi-detached dwellings.
Furthermore, subsequently, the age of construction differed throughout the property. Differing in terms of technology and condition . We advised our client that all relevant Planning/ Building Regulations and Building Control paperwork were in place in relation to the previous extensions and conversions.
Internally, we highlighted an observation with evidence of historic deflection within the flooring. Mainly to the first floor to the original property, which is fairly common for the age of the original property (circa 1900’s). This was not an isolated issue to one room as also identified within Bedroom 1, 2 and on the Landing. As a precautionary measure, we advised that the issue is monitored. Recommending further investigation, via a structural engineer. To ascertain if the deflection is active and live and likely to impact the structure of the property.
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