Is it really worth having a survey done, paying upwards of £300 which you could put towards the cost of a new bathroom?
False economy. You can almost guarantee that you will save the cost of the survey by reducing the offer on the house you intend to buy.
Don’t think because the house is only a few years old it is bound to be okay.
Recently, I surveyed a three year old house in Rossendale, Lancashire. As a newly built property there should have been few defects but the nails that secured the roof timbers hadn’t been hammered in.
The drain cover frame was not secured so a child could just lift it up, with possible drastic consequences.
Other properties surveyed in and around Rossendale all had defects of varying severity:-
A boundary wall had a four metre drop on the other side and wasn’t buttressed.
Ground floor rooms all had floors that sloped in different directions.
A party wall was missing in the loft space increasing the risk of a fire spreading and also reducing the security of the property.
Roof timbers were riddled with woodworm.
Japanese Knotweed and other poisonous plants were growing in the garden.
Cracked rendering was letting in damp to the entire wall, spoiling the decorations.
Behind the contemporary shaker style kitchen doors there were no units, only planks of wood running the length of the wall.
The loft space had evidence of rodent damage from squirrels.
The two storey rear extension didn’t have planning permission.
Would you have picked up on these defects on a viewing?
Protect yourself and your future investment – get a survey.
Surveys cost £300 for a 2/3 bedroom property, larger properties cost an additional £25 a bedroom. Please ring for a quote if your property has six or more bedrooms.