Ramesh Chhatralia

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Monday 10th March 2014

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

Ramesh Chhatralia

14:02 PM, 19th November 2014
About 7 years ago

Auction Property - is this a good place to start

Hi Jude

As a Newbie invest time in property investment education.

Here's an excellent site to subscribe to for searching auction properties:


Provided the funding is in place there are two particular strategies investors use:

1. Pre auction offers ;

Select the property that fits your criteria, do the due diligence and make sure the numbers stack up. Put an offer in writing to the solicitor of the seller and not the auctioneer. Wait to see what happens. Sometimes if the seller is desperate you might be successful.

2. Unsold lots

As above but find out why the property was not sold.

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Ramesh Chhatralia

23:13 PM, 16th November 2014
About 7 years ago

Advice on Damp problems - are these damp specialists trying to make a quick buck?

Hi Andy

Working in the building industry for over thirty years we have come across all kinds of damp issues with a variety of building built from 1800's to 1960-70's and yes some modern buildings as well.

Quoting : 'built 1888 which was later fitted with a dpc (drilled into brick) but I’m not sure how long ago this was'

Many buildings built upto 1930's had slate as a damp-proof course built into the external walls. Due to movement theses would crack and the damp would penetrate and rise in the wall. Also, if there are solid floors the damp poof membrane would not have been laid and this the damp on the walls would find its way at the junction of the walls and the floor.

Use this link for advise on damp-proof injection making sure that it is not bridged by internal and external plaster.


Quote: 'we hooked off old damp plaster, allowed an industrial dehumidifier to dry out the walls before having re plastered etc'

Looks like the guys did not either use the correct water-proofer in the render mix or never used a water-proofer. In all plastering work, new and re-plaster we have always insisted the plasterer uses a propriety water-proofer in the mix to future proof the walls against damp. Here the link to the right water-proofing systems:


We have used this product very effectively esp for basements:


Quote : 'the wall is extremely thick and is showing damp patches on the wall which rises higher than rising damp'

As above
Quote : 'We capped off the chimney and pointed the top to stop water from getting in so this water may just be trapped in the wall.'

The chimney flue needs to breathe otherwise it will cause condensation. The top must be capped off with a chimney pot flue vent or a cowl and not simply blocked off and cemented. The chimney breast in the room must have a vent. Also, it is advisable to have the flue swept and all the deposits at the bottom cleared before closing off the fireplace.

Here's how the caps/cowls looks like:


Quote: 'around the window white salts are appearing and this wall is damp also with crumbling plaster, the external wall is rendered so I’m not sure if the rendered external wall is causing a problem?'

As the building was built in 1888 the walls would be solid brick or stone walls. First, check that the builders have not used bonding in any of the external walls., The bonding acts like a sponge and simply sucks the damp from the outside through the external plaster cracks, pointing and the bedding. This would react with the paint and cause the sulphation. Same can happen with cavity walls where the cavity gets bridged by cement while building.

Check the external render for cracks. These need to be chased out and fixed properly. We use the"vandex" plugging compound to fix this.

Here a link to some excellent info on treating damp:


You also need to check all the gutters and downpipes for leaks. Esp in old buildings we have found the the cast iron downpipes are fixed to the wall with metal spikes which tend to rust and rain water can easily penetrate through the gaps.

Also, old buildings have windows which are draughty and with no background ventilation. This causes air-bourne condensation in the rooms leading to damp walls and ceilings. This can be solved by inserting Air bricks, trickle vents on windows or in worst cases condensing extractors fans.

The method of treatment will depend on the age and condition of the affected building elements.

Hope the above is useful to you.


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Ramesh Chhatralia

14:50 PM, 19th September 2014
About 7 years ago

Landlords Answering Service?

Hi Sussie

We use Alldaypa for our estate management and construction business -

here's the reviews:


and here's the link to their webiste


Hope this of use to you.

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Ramesh Chhatralia

10:21 AM, 15th August 2014
About 7 years ago

Pros and cons of using a company to source buy-to-let properties?

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "15/08/2014 - 09:32":

Recommend you buy books and subscribe to get some excellent basic advice here:

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Ramesh Chhatralia

14:45 PM, 26th March 2014
About 7 years ago

Builder's Schedule of Works

We have a schedule of work format developed over the last twenty years working on the ground. Please send em to Ramesh.imajik@gmail.com.... Read More