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by Home User, Jul 10, 2012

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Q: My house is very old and smells musty, what do I do?

I've lived in my detached house for five years, and am fed up with a musty smell I notice on arriving through my front door.

I know there's a problem, but don't see any damp? I don't know where or who to contact without being ripped off!

Then I hear it could be a whole host of problems from my friends.

I need some advice about where I should start, and a push in the right direction.

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by Matt Long, Jul 10, 2012

A: You really need to get this checked out by a professional. The damp and musty smell could come from a number of sources. Unfortunately, it could mean spending quite a lot of money to put right.

The problem is, some of the possible reasons for the smell could mean you have problems that will cause structural damage, and you don't want that to happen.

So, get a few specialist firms to have a look at the problem, and let them diagnose it. Then get various quotes for putting it right, before deciding what to do.

An important thing is to get the firm involved to show you what the problem is, if possible, so you can judge if they are being accurate.

And, tell the next firm in what the first firm's diagnosis was, to get their opinion. It should soon become obvious if any firms are being unreliable.

Also check websites such as Find a tradesman, which should allow you to choose from a pool of respected trades people.

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