Are you about to buy a house without a condition survey? Find out what you could be missing in the vital property surveys right here with Chris Ledger.
As buying a house is a serious investment to make, it pays to make sure that you are buying into a stable property and that you get the necessary surveys carried out also. Without home condition surveys and other property surveys, you could miss something important in your property and come across costlier repairs later on in the future and who wants that?
What Actually Is a Home Condition Survey?
A home condition report can also be known as a building condition report and covers a lot of bases in your property. Starting with a deep and thorough inspection of your property on the inside and out, I will inspect windows, interior walls, exterior walls, roofing materials, guttering conditions and more to ensure that all rooms in the house are suitable for human activity.
The home condition survey also takes a look at the condition of plumbing, electricity and the condition of the building itself so that the homeowner gets a full and accurate condition report.
Below are 4 common defects found in properties with the home condition report.
1. Building Abnormalities
If your property has any building abnormalities or defects, they will be more than likely found in your home condition report. In some cases, it can be where the builder has cut corners but in others, it can be serious faults that could defect the stability of your property.
If not dealt with right away, the small and minor problems could become much larger and costlier to repair. Some of the most common problems found are minor and can include poor sealants around showers, poor double glazing and decorative finishes but if they are left unrepaired they could turn out to be damp, leaks and cracks in your walls.
2. Roofing Issues
As we are all well aware, your roof can be one of the most important and expensive elements of your property. If not cared for properly or regularly observed, you could be faced with massive repair bills and further issues.
The home condition report points out all potential roofing errors such as missing slates, poor pointing and also looks at your chimney to spot any immediate issues which can save you tens of thousands of pounds in the future.
3. Environmental Problems
A home condition report will also point out if you have any plants or wildlife active at your property. You could also be suffering from invasive plants like Japanese Knot Weed and poison ivy.
Being described as the “UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant” by the Environment Agency, the weed brings complete destruction, dominance and aggressiveness making Japanese Knot Weed something you really want to avoid at all costs.
Finding out if these types of plants are active at your property before you purchase can save you thousands in removal costs and you might even be able to bring the price down lower to cover the costs.
4. Damp, Woodworm and Rotting Issues
Being a common problem in houses all over the UK and on the Isle of Wight, damp is no stranger to homeowners. The problem is present in older houses, seaside towns and even newer properties that have been poorly constructed and can really be a pain as well as a financial nuisance.
Damp left untreated can affect furniture, upholstery and can turn into a dangerous black toxic mould that can affect human health. As well as damp, wet rot and dry rot can damage a building’s stability and can lead to expensive structural problems further along the line.
As a chartered surveyor carrying out home condition reports, I can advise on suggested remedial efforts and make you aware of possible woodworm, dry rot, wet rot and damp.
Get in Touch
To arrange a home condition report at your property give me a call today on 01983 731 198 or 07866 041 533. Having more than 25 years of expertise in the industry, you can rely on me to deliver detailed and accurate reports for the property you have in mind.