Ceiling crack - should I still buy the house?
March 12, 2014 11:51 PM Subscribe
We went to view a house yesterday that we would love to buy - this is in England. It's a gorgeous old Victorian house built in 1877 and it has a lot of good qualities. Not so good, however, is a crack in the ceiling that runs along the length of the living room and dining room ceilings in a straight line. And the floor upstairs is kinda bouncy and squeaky around this area.
posted by hazyjane to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The crack doesn't extend down the walls and is a little thicker than a pencil line. If we make an offer and it's accepted then we would get a full structural survey but this will cost us around £1000. Therefore if the crack means we should definitely walk away then we would rather save that money.
There is another house for sale on the same street that we also like but not quite as much. This other house needs a second bathroom added downstairs so my disabled mum can visit us. So the big question is, would adding a new bathroom by sectioning off part of the kitchen etc be more expensive than fixing whatever is causing this crack?
I know no one can tell for sure without examining the crack but any advice or opinions would be great, and thank you.