Support beams and building regulations

14 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom

I'm after some advice.

My mother-in-law is thinking to sell her house and has had a surveyors report which has said that the supports in the lounge are not up to current building regulations so would have to be fixed before a buyer could get a mortgage.

The work, as I understand it to be, will require a post (additional brick column) to be added to the location where the current beam is and then that beam be replaced with a modern 'I' steel beam and that beam be supported by the new column of bricks. I guess this comes about becasue her house is single course brickwork on the internal walls, and that includes the wall she shares with her neighbours. One of which has already had the work done.

So my question is what price would work like this come in at?

Thanks for any help.
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Building regs are not retrospective - providing the regulations in force at the time the works were completed were met then there is no obligation to bring them up to current specs. If the surveyor is saying that the support isn't sufficient/is defective then that's a different kettle of fish.

Based on the information you have given nobody could price the job

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