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Why some Manchester Basement Conversion Companies are Stuck in the 90’s.

The 90’s were great; it involved most of my time at school, then starting and completing both college and university, with a lot of building site work thrown into the mix during the ample holidays that you enjoy as a student.  But what a time to be that age, and in Manchester…

Anyway, back then we, and I say ‘we’ but essentially I mean George/my M.D./Dad, was moving away from the traditional multi-coat cementitious tanking render systems, towards cavity drainage waterproofing systems, generally using three components:

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Failed Tanking and Broken Business Models.

At present we are completing a remedial waterproofing scheme within a residential basement, where we are installing cavity drainage waterproofing to address issues of penetration past the internal cementitious slurry tanking system.

Nothing particularly unusual about that, but it is significant to me at least, in that this takes our turnover remedying failures in that specific slurry tanking product, to over £250k excluding VAT.

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The Déjà Vu Basement Conversion that Lost the Sale / £25k Property Value.

Firstly, apologies for the overly dramatic title but hopefully this will provide a useful example of the implications that a basement conversion can have on a property, where the work and guarantees which stand behind it are questionable.

In 2009 I took a call from a homeowner with a townhouse property in Manchester, they had just converted their basement / cellar to a habitable space, employing a local cellar conversion specialist to undertake the work.
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