How to sell a house with dry rot

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January 10, 2020 - Read time: 3 minutes

How to sell a house with dry rot

How to sell a house with dry rot?  A house with dry rot is a serious problem that can affect properties across the UK. If you are looking to either buy or sell a property that has dry rot then you need to investigate the problem as soon as your spot it – as it needs immediate treatment to minimize structural damage to the property.

To help guide you through how a house with dry rot should be treated, this helpful content explains the seriousness of dry rot along with some tips on treating a dry rot problem. It also explains:

  • What is dry rot and what is the cause?
  • How to sell a house with dry rot?
  • Addressing the signs that you may have dry rot
  • How can dry rot affect buyers interest and the selling process?
  • How dry rot can affect an offer or price when selling a house?
  • How to seek professional help to treat and prevent dry rot?

What is dry rot and how is it caused?

Dry rot, otherwise known as ‘Serpula Lacrymans’, is a destructive wood-rotting fungus that attacks damp timber in a house. The optimum temperature for dry rot to grow is at 22ºC with the maximum temperature been 26 ºC.

Dry rot can spread on to materials ranging from carpets to living room furniture. One of the root causes of dry rot is dampness. There are several types of dampness that can cause dry rot but one of the main causes is penetrating damp. This can be as a result of heavy rainfall penetrating the property or because of damaged rainwater goods.


How to know if your house has dry rot?

A quick search on Google and you’ll find lots of content on dry rot and lots of house owners ins seek of help. Dry rot is quite distinctive compared to other rots and has several key characteristics including mycelium growth. This type of growth is a white/grey cotton wool like substance and is normally present on the timbers.

Dry rot has a very strong smell which is also a key indicator that it’s making its mark on your property. The rotting fungus has a distinctive damp, musty odour which gets stronger as the dry rot spreads. The damaged timber will appear to be dried out and the wood will be broken up through cuboidal cracking. The wood also tends to darken as the dry rot attack worsens.

When people read posts about this type of damage, people often get confused between wet rot and dry rot, as they both leave a similar trail. This can often leave property owners feeling confused.

So, what is the Difference Between wet and dry rot? Dry rot is the most serious form of fungus decay in a building, spreads onto and destroys much of the timber. On the other hand, the wet rot fungus occurs more frequently but is less serious, the decay is usually detained to where the timber becomes and stays wet.

To know for sure what your problem is, It is important that an inspection from a dry rot specialist is made as soon as possible to correctly identify the outbreak as well as put together an action plan to treat the affected area.


How does dry rot affect the buying and selling process?

If you’re getting ready to sell a house that’s affected with dry rot, know that this problem can severely affect the eventual price. The potential buyer won’t be too happy when they find out they’ve just found a new home that has lots of nasty dry rot. In addition, the presence of dry rot can also prove to have some negative effects on the potential buyer , the offer, and their ability to secure a mortgage on the property.

Unfortunately, when it comes to dry rot your options can be fairly limited. This is because there sometimes is no easy way to ensure dry rot has been treated and will not longer spread. If you don’t have specialist knowledge, it can lead to large amounts of timber being removed from the property. This is one of the reasons mortgage lenders, in particular, are likely to not lend the full amount if a property has dry rot.

It goes without saying, it’s essential to secure those dry rot repairs on your home before you put it out on the market. As an alternative, you may want to look at how Property Saviour can help you with selling your house.

We’ll share our honest, expert advice and offer you the best price for your property. Regardless of how you want to contact us – you can leave your email address on our online enquiry form or you can call us for an over the phone consultation – be sure to share your problem with us and see how we can help.

Ways to address the problem and seek professional help to treat and prevent dry rot

If you want to sell your house fast and you suspect a dry rot, or wet rot problem, start by speaking to a professional dry rot service about stopping the rot spreading and to find out the cost of removal. Whilst this is important – it’s probably not want you want to hear, as it means a lot of extra cost and time on your part. Sadly, without making these repairs you’re unlikely to attract a buyer in search of their new house, and you’re unlikely to get a good offer.

The most important part of treating dry rot is to identify the source of damp issue and address it fast, as this is the main source of food for the dry rot to grow. There can be steps that can be undertaken by the property owner to reduce the risk of dry rot, such as installing underfloor ventilation. This will remove the stale, moist air from the property and as a result reduce the risk of a dry rot outbreak.

Fixing any external defects your property may have will also help keep the risk of dry rot at bay. In a majority of cases this can be carried out by the seller. External defects can include removing blockages from drainage pipes to help reduce the risk of penetrating dampness affecting your home.

Can we help you?

Dry rot is a problem we see many home owners face, and it’s a huge problem for those who need a quick house sale. If you don’t have the money to pay for the professional removal service, chances are, you are going to be left with a huge problem on your plate.

Thankfully, at Property Saviour, we buy any property regardless of its condition. We are a long established house buying service, with years of experience dealing with sellers who have dry rot in their home. We buy properties for cash, and guarantee to have the funds in your bank within up to 10 days upon completion. To help your money go even further, we’ll pay £500 towards your legal fees.

Complete our online enquiry form and leave us your email address – we’ll be in touch right away.

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