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RICS reminds buyers of the importance of a home survey

For many people, buying a home is one of the biggest decisions they will ever make. However, by failing to commission a survey before purchase, homebuyers across England and Wales* are risking potential bills running into thousands of pounds.
According to RICS research, a quarter of all homebuyers who fail to have a survey are forced to make unplanned building works to their property after purchase. The average bill for these works, such as damp proofing or repairing a roof, is over £1,800 – but the cost can be much higher.

Mortgage Valuation fails to spot serious defects

In December 2011 I was asked to undertake a survey on a 3 storey Victorian end terraced house.
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Despite previous and extensive structural repairs and extensions the property had cracking and distortion to the brick work in the front bay area. Cracks around recently installed window frames raised suspicion that the movement was recent. The vendor had extensive documentation including a structural engineers completion certificate from when they purchased the property only 10 years earlier.

Why have a survey?

Surveys are a kind of 'health check' for buildings. If you're buying a property, you should have a survey done before you enter into a contract.
A survey can actually save you money.
If there are serious structural problems, you can often re-negotiate the purchase price of the property to reflect the cost of necessary repairs - or you may even decide you don't want to buy it at all.
If you're about to buy a property, you may have specific worries about the building you're going to buy.
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