When you have found a new home you would like to buy, it is routine to have the property surveyed. Depending on the type of mortgage you have or the lender you are dealing with, a survey may even be mandatory.
This very basic survey will give you an idea of the condition the property is in, highlighting any major issues or anything that might be unsafe.
When most of us think of a survey, it is the home buyers survey to which we are referring. This type of survey will delve a little further than the condition survey. Expect a report on the property that includes factors such as subsidence, damp, or structures that don’t meet regulations. Other problems may include invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed, asbestos, or problems with the wiring.
A plant issue may sound innocuous, but Japanese knotweed is now seen as a pest that causes damage to concrete, threatens biodiversity, and can even contribute to flooding.
Most of these issues can be fixed; in fact, a home buyers survey that identifies multiple or serious issues is probably worse news for the seller than the buyer. Most problems that show up on a survey can be dealt with; for example, if the roof is leaking, it may need to be repaired or replaced. Someone buying the house may want the cost of doing these repairs subtracted from the selling price. Alternatively, as the vendor, you can get the repairs done as a condition of sale.
Power for negotiation
If there are many issues that need fixing, the property buyer may have room to negotiate a lower price. If the property is not up to standard on several fronts, there may be no option other than to carry out essential repairs or take a lower offer.
When you are seriously thinking about buying a property, you need someone to complete the conveyancing. It pays to look around and see what a range of firms, such as Sam Conveyancing, have to offer.
When a survey is conducted, everyone tends to hope for the best. Whatever happens, it is not a disaster. Efforts may simply be required to get the repairs done and negotiate a solution that is satisfactory to all parties. This is where a good conveyancer can be worth their weight in gold.