Damp is essentially moisture and water being present where it shouldn't be - usually inside walls or rising from the floor.
Condensation - what are the signs?
- Water droplets collecting in the courner of the windows or on windowsills
- Black spots beginning to show on walls or carpets
- Peeling paint on the walls, or plaster
Rising Damp - what are the signs?
- The plaster bubbling or peeling away
- Brown long discoloured marks on interior walls
Wet Rot - what are the signs?
- The smell of damp or wet rot is often described as a 'musty' smell in the air
- Springy floorboards are usually a sign of the breakdown of the structure of wood caused by wet rot
If a home you're interested in does show signs of damp problems, don't necessarily be out off, it's often fixable, and can be a bargaining tool when negotiating on price.