I am desperate to re-locate from the UK to somewhere warmer and healthier for myself, my son and my mother. I have been suffering terribly with extreme sensitivities to mould, especially in buildings, and pollen in the UK. I came, recently, to Malta on a reckkie and found great respite from the pollen and seemed to cope well with the buildings. I was really happy with this and felt that Malta would be good for all of us, my son would so better to move to an English speaking school, I feel, and my mum hates the cold. And, anyway, we loved it!
On returning and reading thru' the forum, to my horror, I see so many posts relating to the cold, damp and mould...
My immediate reaction was to bin the whole idea but I was so sad to do so, I am desperate to find a way, if possible to make it to Malta.
I have read some very well informed posts about use of buildings i.e. proper use of heat and ventilation; electric heat versus LPG (No way for me!). And, of course my old favorites, dehumidifiers. Personally, I would be very careful about these things... And I would also look to purchase a new apartment which would not have been allowed to get damp. Not ground floor or penthouse and hopefully double skinned with cavirty and damp course.
My question is; With the lack of building control and regulations, would it be possible to find an apartment that would not get damp?
Would I have to choose a specific type of construction? Particular materials? I realise that the limestone is very porus and therefore probably no good... Are there other factors that would cause problems?
Basically; How do I find a good dry building? Or, even, if it is possible?
I know from reading the forum that there are people who are very knowlegable about this kind of thing on the forum... Please help me to make an informed choice.
P.S. I have wondered if there are different materials used in, say, plastering... I actually had a home built in the UK, It was fine until the plastering was done. It was the winter and the plasterers left all the doors and windows locked up tight when they left, Bless um!
Yours, Hopefully, Dillemma