Problems your home survey might find
Buying a new home is a significant investment, so there’s a lot to think about before you sign on the dotted line. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned home mover, your new property will probably be the most expensive asset you own. So, making sure it has no hidden issues or potential pitfalls which could come back and haunt you is essential. One of the best ways of making sure you know what you are getting into before you buy is by getting a home survey. Home surveys are carried out by independent, impartial property professionals. They will give you an unbiased opinion about the condition of the property you are interested in, along with advice about any repairs, defects or maintenance issues.
It will help flag up any potential problems that could affect the property’s value or cause a significant headache to put right. You can use this information to negotiate a better price or insist that the seller put things right before buying. But, what are some of the common problems with buying a home, and how can a home survey help? Here, we take a closer look at some of the issues a home survey might find and what you can do about them.
Common problems a home survey can uncover
From broken fixtures and fittings to major structural problems, if you want complete peace of mind about the property you’re buying, then a home survey is essential. While a home survey can uncover a multitude of problems that may affect the value or asking price, some of the most common issues we find include:
Damp is one of the most common problems that we find when carrying out a home survey. It can be caused by water getting into a house from the outside, from leaky roofs or rising damp, or by condensation and poor ventilation inside the property. A home survey can help identify damp and reveal its cause and the extent of any damage so you can get it resolved before you proceed with your purchase.
Approval for extensions and alterations
If the seller has carried out any building improvements, alterations or extensions, they’ll need certification to prove they were carried out under the relevant building regulations. A home survey can help identify issues with this. If they don’t have it, you can apply for retrospective building control approval. You may be able to insist the vendor gets this before the deal completes or renegotiate the selling price to offset any costs you may incur to obtain it.
No test certification
While a home survey won’t include testing any utilities, such as electrics, gas appliances or boilers, it can uncover whether the seller has test certification to confirm they are safe to use. If not, you can insist the proper certification is in place before you proceed with your purchase.
A home survey can uncover a host of roof problems and issues with chimneys and other high-level surfaces. The surveyor will inspect any accessible internal roof spaces and structures and advise on the condition and severity of any potential problems. Inadequate insulation and ventilation, loose tiles, and blocked or overflowing gutters are the most common underlying causes of roof problems.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential safety features for residential properties. A home survey will identify whether or not the property you are buying has any installed.
Cracks and structural issues
Cracks are a common feature in many of the properties we survey, particularly in older homes. While they can be a problem, cracks don’t automatically mean the building has serious structural issues. They can be more innocent or harmless. A home survey will assess any visible cracks in internal and external walls and provide guidance on how severe they are and any underlying issues. This can help to either put your mind at rest if there are no significant problems or enable you to rethink the purchase if there are.
Let GB Home Surveys help you make the right choice
At GB Home Surveys, we offer a different approach to getting a home survey. Our service is convenient and hassle-free. It will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choices. We’re an independent, RICS regulated chartered surveyors and have provided trusted services for almost 30 years. All our surveyors are RICS registered valuers and have vast local expertise and specialist knowledge, so you can be sure you’re getting the best advice to help you buy with confidence. We can tailor our home surveys to your exact requirements. If there are any specific issues you would like us to inspect, please let us know. For a free initial consultation and a no-obligation quote, give our friendly team a call today to discuss your requirements.