I am hoping to buy a Bisf semi  


I am hoping to buy a Bisf semi in dugdale cresent. B75 5HA. This is the first time i have heard of this type of construction. The properties in this area are outside of my budget. So when i saw this up for sale. I thought it would be ideal for myself and my son and my daughter. Especially as the schools are excellent in this area. I am currently living with my brother and his wife, so i could do with all the help regarding this property. One of the neighbour told me there may be a grant available to do a wrap around on the outside of the property to insulate it. But then another neighbour said it was only for those owned by the council. I am a bit worried in case this house has asbestos, especially for my daughter who is very young. Any help would be greatly appreciated

just wondered if anyone was able to have a look at my request


Hello Phylis, apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

I know Dugdale Crescent very well and it was I who started the main external wall insulation scheme in the Crescent back in 2014. At that time, significant funds of up to 75% towards the total cost of external wall insulation was available, up to a maximum value of £6,000, leaving the average householder to pay a cash contribution of just £2,500 or less for the refurbishment. 

Sadly, the GDHIF grant is no longer available but you can still have external insulation fitted privately but the cost does vary depending on the installer. Due to the number of houses that were included in the scheme the total installation for each came to around £8,500 but I suspect that inflation and other factors would drive this more toward the £10k mark today.

With respect to the second neighbours statement. The council has indeed recently upgraded its own stock in the crescent and you can identify this small number of less than a dozen houses by the green coloured roofs.

As for asbestos, some of the houses do still retain their original corrugated asbestos roofing sheets. However in general, this material is considered to safe unless it is damaged or broken but even if this does occur, this type of asbestos is considered low risk. It is no different to the corrugated panels that we see across the country on top of garages and sheds.

I can fully appreciate your concern but to my knowledge there have been no reported cases of asbestosis in the crescent and I personally many many people who have lived there for the majority of their lives.

If you do intend to purchase a house here, it would always be an advantage to buy one that has already had the old roof replaced as this will save you around £5-6k to have one fitted yourself.

In general, Dugdale Crescent offers a great aspect with access to the central green and farmland to the rear. The gardens are very well sized and I think you will find the local residents to be warm and friendly.

House prices in the Crescent have performed well over the last few years, particularly for those that have been externally insulated. My own parents lived there for many happy years and with the recent refurbishment and expansion of the Mere Green shopping area, I expect the general area to perform very well in the future too.

If you have any further questions, please ask away.

Best regards



Thank you very much for this information. truly appreciate it


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