Posted on
July 3rd, 2015

How Damp Stops You from Selling Your Home

If you have decided to sell your home, you will need to pull out all of the stops to impress potential buyers. A recent study found that 67% of people would be put off buying a property which showed signs of damp. This means that by not fixing the problem straight away, you could end up waiting a long time before anyone shows interest in your home.

Before putting your house on the market, you should first check for signs of damp. You may notice damp patches, damaged skirting boards, peeling wallpaper or a musty smell. If you do spot any of these around your home, you should think about treating the damp immediately. The longer you leave it, the more time it will take to sell your house!

The treatment that you need will depend on the type of damp that is affecting your home. If the problem is down to condensation, you will need to find a better way to ventilate your property. Regularly opening windows and turning on extractor fans will help to control the levels of moisture in the air so that you can avoid the build-up of condensation.

Rising damp is another thing that can prevent you from selling your home.  This occurs when water manages to get through the wall because there isn’t a sufficient damp proof barrier. The right treatment will depend on how badly your home is affected. If the damp proofing isn’t working as well as it once did, products like our damp proof repair kits can be used. For more serious problems, digging around the building may be needed to make the existing damp proofing more effective.

Penetrating damp is a common problem found in houses throughout the UK. This is when water leaks through walls, which is usually caused by structural problems of the building. There are plenty of treatments available to help you fix the problem, like paint additives, waterproofing creams and mesh kits. Always hire a professional to do the work for you if you want to make sure that the job is done properly.

Not only does damp reduce the value of your home, but it also poses serious health risks. You don’t want the buyer of your home to get ill, which is why it’s essential that you don’t ignore the problem. The sooner you start to think about treating the damp, the sooner you can sell your home!

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