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Why You Need A Builders Survey When Buying A New Home

April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 401

Homes are not a low cost commodity and so you have to be sure you are investing in a structurally sound commodity when buying. A Builder's survey is one of the most sure fire ways to be sure you are getting something worth that money you're investing.

Consequences

According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, only about one fifth of home owners actually go through with a building survey before they purchase a home. This for many has meant long and painful tenures as the home they buy is not often as it seems and there can be underlying issues you'll never realise without a survey.

Older Buildings

Builders surveys are more in depth than a home owners survey and often take about a day to complete. Though, for newer homes a home owner's survey may suffice it is advised that if you have an older property that you get a builder's survey done as they are likely to have far more issues. Older homes have structural problems as they are often built with less modern materials, are built without the knowhow of today and also are just old.

Damp

Wet and damp are very prevalent problems in the UK and though it may not be evident upon a first viewing, damp can play a terrible price on your home. Many older homes aren't damp proofed and this wet can get into walls and other areas that can really cause long term damage to the building. Damp can cause anything from unsightly stains, to more serious issues such as crumbling walls and ultimately the destruction of a home. A good builder surveyor will find any damp issues and notify you about any problems and how serious they are. Damp on timber is especially serious and as many older homes have a lot of timber in their construction, this can be detrimental.

Insulation and Drainage

For many homes insulation and drainage can be of serious issue. You may not realise how serious these issues are without an insight into the home by a building surveyor. If you understand how well the drainage in the home is working, as well as how much insulation there is you can account for something that could potentially cost a lot of money. A well insulated home will also save you a lot of money on power, heating and electricity and so can save you the price of a building survey within a year. It also has a lot to do with the damp a house may undergo.

Further Inspections

If a building surveyor under covers something that looks quite suspicious and could have a serious impact on the home and your living in the home, then he may advise you to get a further inspection. This inspection will allow you to determine how serious the problem is and then make a decision on whether you wish to go ahead and purchase it obviously.

So, as you can see building surveyors are almost essential in home buying.

Olivia Reynolds has written many articles about building, construction and home improvement having worked in the industry for many years. She is currently working with Top Tradespeople, a website where homeowners can connect with local tradesmen for home improvement services, including surveyors for home buyers surveys and building surveys.

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