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Damp Proofing your business or home is essential for both health and property protection.

House Purchasers Scared Off by Damp:

38 percent of potential house purchasers would withdraw their offer on a house if it suffered from damp – YouGov

A poll carried out by YouGov on behalf of damp-proofing product specialists Safeguard Europe has found that 38 percent of people would withdraw an offer on a house that they were considering purchasing if it was discovered that it suffered from damp.

Even where potential house buyers were prepared to continue with the purchase, a substantial discount would be expected to compensate for the cost of repairing the damp problems. 48 percent of respondents said that they would expect a price reduction with 18 percent expecting a price reduction of 20 percent or moreequating to more than £42,000, based on the June 2016 UK average house price of 213,927.

Yougov Poll

38 percent of people would withdraw an offer

In areas of the country where property prices are particularly high the effect would be even more dramatic – for example, a 20 percent price reduction would equate to almost £115,000 in inner London where the average house price is £574,915

According to Hudson Lambert, Managing Director of Safeguard Europe, the key message that comes from the survey is “Fix damp before selling”.

We already knew that damp was a big turn off for potential house purchasers. However we were still surprised at the degree to which it affected purchasing decisions.

The fact that so many people appear to be willing to walk away from a house purchase or expect a price reduction of tens of thousands of Pounds would indicate that people’s perception of the cost and difficulty of dealing with damp problems is overblown.

In reality, most damp problems are relatively straightforward to deal with. Product developments such as damp-proofing rods and damp-resistant plaster systems have made the treatment of common forms of dampness easier and more reliable than ever before. Even in extreme cases where dampness is widespread in a property, it is rare for treatment costs to run into the tens of thousands.

For this reason, it would seem that most sellers would be best advised to treat any dampness issues before placing their properties on the market as this will allow them to attract the most buyers and achieve the best price.– Hudson Lambert – Managing Director of Safeguard Europe

Other Findings

  • 87% of people would be put off making an offer on a property if it suffered from damp problems. This topped the list ahead of Small Room Sizes (65%).
  • 49% of people have experienced damp problems in a property that they have lived in.
  • The top 5 damp-related issues that would deter people from putting an offer on a property were Mould & moss growth (76%), Damp patches and salt marks on walls (73%), Warping of timber (68%), Crumbling plaster or render (67%), and possible negative health effects (66%).


YouGov Data

More than 1250 UK respondants took part in the poll which aimed to find out what people look for when buying a new home. Approximately 60% were homeowners and 40% non-homeowners. The full data from the poll can be downloaded below (YouGov - All). The data is also available filtered into homeowners and non-homeowners.georgian house

Safeguards new certification.

Safeguard Europe Newsletter March 2015. In this issue: safeguards new certification for Stormdry, Granted 25 Year Certification

Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream is the only BBA Approved Colourless Masonry Water Repellent
The British Board of Agrément, the UK’s foremost body for the testing and certification of construction products and systems, has granted certification to Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream after months of extensive testing. The certificate confirms that a single coat application of Stormdry will be effective for at least 25 years.

Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream is the only colourless masonry water-repellent that has been approved by the BBA. The special testing performed by the BBA took into account the following factors:

25 year durability – Stormdry has been certified as effective for 25 years with a single coat
Water repellency – Stormdry resists the uptake of water into masonry from driving rain
Freeze/Thaw resistance – Stormdry is resistant to the effects of freeze/thaw cycling
UV resistance – Stormdry is resistant to the effects of UV radiation
Condensation risk – Stormdry is breathable and does not increase the risk of condensation

The certificate (cert no. 15/5198) covers not only Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream but also Repointing Additive No.1 and Repointing Additive No.2. The 25 year certification is in line with the performance requirements for insulation under ECO/Green deal, which Stormdry can help to protect.

It is this kind of assured performance and durability that has lead Stormdry to be used by councils, trades people and homeowners alike. No other masonry water repellent offers the same BBA approved performance.

For more information on exactly what is included in the certification, we recommend reading Stomdry’s BBA certificate. To see the BBA approved performance for yourself, ask for a free sample.

Dryzone re-thinking plastering.

Take a look at the video and discover our new plastering system from safeguard.It saves time and time is money.


Dryzone re-thinking plastering.

A new cutting edge way to approach plastering for rising damp remedial work,less mess than sand and cement,a faster,more cost effective way of solving the problem when
re-plastering your walls.

The usual problem of waiting to redecorate straight away are a thing of the past.Thermal values far out reach that of conventional sand and cement Plastering.

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