Posted on
April 7th, 2016

How to Check for Damp When Buying a New Home

If you have decided that it is time to move home, it is absolutely essential that you check for damp when viewing properties. This is one of the most common household problems, with figures showing that more than 60% of renters having experienced it at some point or other. Not only can this problem cause damage to your home that would be extremely costly to fix but it can also trigger health issues like allergic reactions and respiratory difficulties.

Here’s how you can check for damp before buying a new home.

Understanding damp

Before you start to view properties, you should first understand what exactly damp is. When excess moisture in your home can’t escape, it causes damp. This can appear in many forms, such as rising damp, condensation and penetrating damp. Poor building structures and a lack of ventilation are two of the most common causes and will need to be addressed if you want to ensure the damp is treated effectively and doesn’t return.

How will I know if the property has damp?

There are lots of tell-tale signs that will tell you that a property is suffering with damp. When viewing a property, look out for water streaming down windows and damp patches on walls and plastering, which are most commonly associated with condensation.

If rising damp is affecting the property, you may notice that skirting boards have been damaged by ground water travelling up the walls, as well as salt residue stains and peeling wall paper.

Penetrating damp is a very serious problem as it suggests problems with the structure of the building and is more likely to occur in older buildings. In a property with penetrating damp, you may spot damp patches on walls, floors and skirt boards that get worse when it rains. Other signs include damaged décor within the home, damaged plaster, rotting and mould growth.

If you go into the property viewing with knowledge of the things to look out for, you will ensure that you avoid any nasty surprises when you finally buy a property.

Your home

If you are looking for a new home, you will probably have started trying to sell your own property. Damp is extremely off-putting for potential buyers and can bring the worth down by thousands of pounds. It is important that you treat any existing problems before you attempt to sell, which includes condensation, damp and mould.

If you would like any advice when it comes to damp and other household problems, please free feel to get in touch. You can call 0845 400 6666 or email

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