When it comes to buying a property, especially as a first-time buyer, it is important to know exactly what it is you are signing up for, which is why a building survey is a must.
Far too often, buyers opt against having a survey in order to keep costs down but run the risk of running up unforeseen repair costs that they could have budgeted for or avoided altogether.
Having a survey carried out will raise any issue, such as dry rot, woodworm, structural damage and any signs of conditions deteriorating in the household. With house prices in London rising by 7% to £531,000 according to a housing report released in 2015, it has never been more important to be cautious when buying a home.
Finding quotes for a property survey will be important for you to get the best value for money, not only to keep costs down but to ensure that all of what you are looking for is included in the survey.
The basics include a full inspection of all visible and accessible parts of the building and a report. Surveyors have a legal obligation to notify you of any major problems found in the property, although you can make specific requests of what to report on, such as any signs of dry rot and other cases of infection.
As the cost of living in London is far higher than the national average, it is recommended to treat any signs of dry rot before moving into the property. If any signs of damp related issues have been found before the purchase, the selling party may take on the costs involved in the damp proofing process.
If nothing else, a property survey will enable the buying party to correctly budget for any maintenance that the property may require, or use as leverage in negotiations to work towards a better price.
At Garratt’s Damp, we are proud to offer a free no obligation survey for London properties if you suspect dry rot and other cases of damp in the property. You will receive a full report and a damp proofing quote within 24 hours of the inspection.
For more information, please call the Garratt’s Damp team on 0208 535 7536 or contact us online today.