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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a total wreck and wonder if someone can advise me on the costs:

3 bed terrace and these are the issues:

No boiler, so a new boiler system with piping and 6 radiators

No washing machine, so plumbing costs for it

Also there is a damp in the bottom corner of one of the rooms ( I know it can vary substantially, but an idea please)

Thank you

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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a total wreck and wonder if someone can advise me on the costs:

3 bed terrace and these are the issues:

No boiler, so a new boiler system with piping and 6 radiators

No washing machine, so plumbing costs for it

Also there is a damp in the bottom corner of one of the rooms ( I know it can vary substantially, but an idea please)

Thank you

Central heating is for wimps! And isn't there a laundrette nearby?

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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a total wreck and wonder if someone can advise me on the costs:

3 bed terrace and these are the issues:

No boiler, so a new boiler system with piping and 6 radiators

No washing machine, so plumbing costs for it

Also there is a damp in the bottom corner of one of the rooms ( I know it can vary substantially, but an idea please)

Thank you

What have you done so far?

Have you asked a few local builders for quotes?

Have you searched on Google for typical costs? Typing something like "builders costs" will give you results like: http://www.buildingsheriff.com/

Washing machine - costs depend on how close to a water source but it's a simple job.

Damp - on what floor? Ground - you might have dpc problems. Is it near a window which might not fit well? Are there possibly leaking water pipes? Not enough information to help you really and there are better forums for your questions...

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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a total wreck and wonder if someone can advise me on the costs:

3 bed terrace and these are the issues:

No boiler, so a new boiler system with piping and 6 radiators

No washing machine, so plumbing costs for it

Also there is a damp in the bottom corner of one of the rooms ( I know it can vary substantially, but an idea please)

Thank you

Hi,

Depends on the area you are in. If you are within 50-70 miles of Dartford can supply number for the plumber.

I did similar thing last year. Bought a house, replaced electrics and installed new central heating.

The cost of new plumbing, gas supply (after the meter), new water pipes, and good boiler + plumber cost came to £4500 (9 radiators of which one is a plynth hydronic heater for kitchen and chrome vertical towel rail type for the bathroom. Boiler is Viessman Vitodens 200W with temperature compensation and comes with 5 years warranty if installed by approved installer. That's for two bathrooms. All copper.

Electrical work came to £2400 for 70 points( a point i consider lamp, switch, appliance), complete new installation, about £30/point including all materials and fittings. the chap used good quality materials from shop i know. He did not overcharge me for the materials, they were at the price he got them with his trader discount. He was flexible to work between Christmas and new year. Predominant price was £50/point. Found my spark through mybuilder. Milton keynes area. had quotes up to £4500. Second best quote was £35/point by Romanian chap, I checked that he is qualified and registered with Elecsa in his case. Good reviews on Mybuilder, does all sort of building works.

Got a quote as low as £1500 but the gang comes from north to do a one day rewire, which does not suit me or them as I needed first and second fix.

I found my house has no damp proof membrane under ground floor slab so I used ardex liquid one put on self level screed again by ardex. there is DPC in the walls.

If you have no DPC in walls or its failed then you may need to look for a chemical DPC, what is the cost I am not aware, sorry.

From my experience most traders will be looking at around £200-250 day rate in my area exclusive of materials.

Do your own research on materials, there are plenty of electrical factors like CEF, CPC for electrical goods, specialised shops for building materials, not just B&Q or Wicks. I got my ardex stuff from Apex grange in Welwyn Garden city. good prices and they can get you the full range. Ardex are very helpful in their technical department.

Shop around for tiles, trims etc. you will be surprised at the price difference for same thing.

It was hectic in my case but enjoyable. Do a very good time planning to avoid disappointment or sleeping on a working site.

Last bit of advise which not a lot ppl do. Get at least a level 2 asbestos management survey. And deal with it accordingly. Most houses up to 1990s (and some later) may have some form of it: insulation boards, expansion tank boxing, various linings, eaves, floor tiles, shed corrugated asbestos cement sheets etc. In my case survey, removal and disposal came to about £1500.

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Hi,

Depends on the area you are in. If you are within 50-70 miles of Dartford can supply number for the plumber.

I did similar thing last year. Bought a house, replaced electrics and installed new central heating.

The cost of new plumbing, gas supply (after the meter), new water pipes, and good boiler + plumber cost came to £4500 (9 radiators of which one is a plynth hydronic heater for kitchen and chrome vertical towel rail type for the bathroom. Boiler is Viessman Vitodens 200W with temperature compensation and comes with 5 years warranty if installed by approved installer. That's for two bathrooms. All copper.

Electrical work came to £2400 for 70 points( a point i consider lamp, switch, appliance), complete new installation, about £30/point including all materials and fittings. the chap used good quality materials from shop i know. He did not overcharge me for the materials, they were at the price he got them with his trader discount. He was flexible to work between Christmas and new year. Predominant price was £50/point. Found my spark through mybuilder. Milton keynes area. had quotes up to £4500. Second best quote was £35/point by Romanian chap, I checked that he is qualified and registered with Elecsa in his case. Good reviews on Mybuilder, does all sort of building works.

Got a quote as low as £1500 but the gang comes from north to do a one day rewire, which does not suit me or them as I needed first and second fix

Thank you very much, will update after run all the numbers

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Bullboy, not entirely sure what you mean as a 1st and 2nd fix - can you please explain?

All and all - how long did it take you to install new central heating?

Thank you

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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a total wreck and wonder if someone can advise me on the costs:

3 bed terrace and these are the issues:

No boiler, so a new boiler system with piping and 6 radiators

Brilliant opportunity to install solar heating! If there's no pipework, that'll be your main cost - unless you go for a pipeless system.

No washing machine, so plumbing costs for it

If the piping's there (e.g for a kitchen sink), that'll be a simple job. Just look at callout charges in your area.

Also there is a damp in the bottom corner of one of the rooms ( I know it can vary substantially, but an idea please)

Worst case: more than you pay for the house in the first place. Or so I'm told.

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first fix is installing all the cables, wall boxes, the distribution board. you end up with wires sticking from the wall and ceiling. Then you call up the finishers: plasterers (water and electricity dont mix well), painters etc. Then second fix follows: switches, light fittings, everything gets connected and powered.

With plumbing its the same. You get all piping, brackets and tests done, then you get the finishers and last is faucets, taps, radiators.

So basically there is a gap between first and second fix.

The central heating as total days was about four days. Three for the first fix, that included the boiler installation and tests. Last day to put up all radiators, fill the system and test.

On the damp:

If you have working DPC in the walls, you can use liquid DPC on the concrete floor and paint up to the wall DPC.

If the wall DPC failed, you use a specialist to install checmical DPC, basically they come to your place, drill small holes at wall DPC level and inject with chemicals.

See here , here and here and Cheap solution here if needed.

I would advise on consulting a professional surveyor on the DAMP. It could be as stated in one of the links that the house has not been heated and ventilated for a period of time.

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