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If you are thinking of buying a house, it’s essential to always invest in a detailed survey. It may be a further expense in the process, but it is far better to fully understand the extent of any necessary repairs before committing to a purchase.
Before putting in a final offer, try to gauge some idea of the costs involved in any necessary renovation or repair works programme. At Carpenters, our surveyors are able to provide estimates, that you may be able to use when negotiating the final price to be paid for the property.
Be realistic!….Too many people take a rose-tinted view when buying an old house that requires work. Old building projects can be very stressful, so carefully review the project ahead, your budget and time frames before you proceed to commitment.
An old house has many significant qualities that make it special. Even the humblest two-up, two-down property will have little touches of craftsmanship that give it individuality. Walk down any street of traditional houses and you’ll see a plethora of what might seem like an almost unnecessary detail. It may be moulded brickwork, carved stonework, or a simple flourish on a window frame. Coupled with the attractive passage of age, it’s this bespoke craftsmanship and thoughtfulness to the level of detail that gives older properties character and makes them worth cherishing.
Period buildings whilst offering a great deal of character and history can be difficult to fully understand. An incorrect diagnosis with a moisture problem, for example, can have a disasterous effects on the fabric of the building!
Understanding the structure of the building is vital. Some properties that appear to be brick are, in fact, timber frame, while render coatings may cover a whole variety of unexpected materials. Never assume that, because one part of a wall is of a certain material, the whole house is the same: often a wide variety of materials are found in one building. Internally layers of plasterboard or dry-lining may be hiding all manner of problems.
Often items like perfectly good original windows are needlessly replaced with poor replicas or, worse still, totally inappropriate styles/materials. This can often devalue the property both aesthetically and, according to many estate agents, financially.
Equally, be wary of past repairs or alterations, as poorly executed building work often holds unpleasant surprises. Quick fixes and the use of cement mortars, renders and plasters can all lead to problems in the future.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property, construction, and infrastructure sectors worldwide.
LEVEL 1 - RICS CONDITION REPORT
A basic condition summary for newer properties. Suitable if you do not require any diagnostic advice relating to maintenance, repairs or further investigations or property value.
LEVEL 2 - RICS HomeBuyer report
This service applies to houses, bungalows and flats that are conventional in type and construction and are apparently in reasonable condition, generally built within the last 100 years.
LEVEL 3 - RICS Building survey
Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.
Which Survey Do You Need?
Our advice is to ensure that you know as much about the true condition of the property before you commit to buy.
To ensure you get the very best advice, call to discuss the report that’s exactly right for you.
To find out more about the services and reports that Carpenters Surveyors can offer you, call: 0800 254 5202
In order to advise you of which survey best suits your circumstances, some of the key questions our team may ask about the property will be;
Do you know how old the building is?
Has it been extended or significantly altered?
Is it standard construction?
Is it a Listed Building?
These are just a few areas to consider before commissioning your survey. But don’t worry, our experts are on hand every step of the way to guide you through your various options available.
Our team of highly approachable surveyors will be more than happy to chat to you to put your mind at rest!
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