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Detached House - External Wall Inaccessible

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Hi there.

I'm considering buying a 'detached' house. The problem, however, is that one of the side walls is almost touching the neighbour's garage conversion. Result being that the wall cannot be accessed for maintenance. The gap is as little as 10cm in places.

I've not yet had a survey done, but what are people's opinions on such properties?

Thanks in advance!

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The last 'end of terrace' property we 'rented form the bank' as about 0.5 meters from the house next door. It made some difficulty painting it (which it really needed). If you need to do any maintenance you will have to ask your neighbour nicely if they will let you erect scaffold above/on their garage roof. Our neighbours just nodded then we blocked their drive way for a few months :-)

Personally I wouldn't worry about it as I should think the reason you want detached is to prevent noise from the neighbours.

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The last 'end of terrace' property we 'rented form the bank' as about 0.5 meters from the house next door. It made some difficulty painting it (which it really needed). If you need to do any maintenance you will have to ask your neighbour nicely if they will let you erect scaffold above/on their garage roof. Our neighbours just nodded then we blocked their drive way for a few months :-)

Personally I wouldn't worry about it as I should think the reason you want detached is to prevent noise from the neighbours.

Thanks! I don't really care much for detached as they're not especially heat efficient. In fact, i'd rather this were a semi. Even with scaffolding on garage conversion, i wouldn't reach the lower part at all. I was, however, thinking more along the lines of: what would i do if there were structural problems? Or, how could i insulate that wall?

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Neighbour of ours went to court because a neighbour had built an extension that came within about six inches of his own wall. He won his case and the neighbour was made to demolish the extension and pay all costs.

If a house is supposedly detached, then you should have access to your own wall, for any necessary maintenance. Gutters need periodic clearing/maintenance, too, and how can anyone do that if there is no access?

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Thanks, guys; very helpful! Gutters are just about accessible (i think), but the damp issue is definitely a worry; although there wasn't any sign of any when viewing the house. I guess i'll just go ahead and get a structural survey done (assuming my offer is accepted).

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Thanks! I don't really care much for detached as they're not especially heat efficient. In fact, i'd rather this were a semi. Even with scaffolding on garage conversion, i wouldn't reach the lower part at all. I was, however, thinking more along the lines of: what would i do if there were structural problems? Or, how could i insulate that wall?

Not really a problem! Most of the housing stock throughout the UK is so old that none of it is especially heat efficient! Lucky we don't get very cold winters! :P

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Not really a problem! Most of the housing stock throughout the UK is so old that none of it is especially heat efficient! Lucky we don't get very cold winters! :P

And don't I know it after looking at housing in Ireland. It's almost impossible to sell a house with an energy rating below E as there are so many newish c+ rated houses.

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