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Published on : December 19, 2017 10:42


Do I need to get a Property Survey?

Chartered Surveyors are highly trained and experienced property professionals. One of their main and most common duties are to provide a detailed inspection of a property’s condition, looking for structural defects in buildings which in turn will decide and influence the price and whether it can be safely lived in or not. But Surveyors cover a wide variety of differing jobs including:

  • Structural problems like walls almost falling down or subsidence.
  • Major repairs or alterations needed like roof or chimney chute repairs, or rewiring.
  • Expert commentary on the property, from the type of wall to the type of glazing.

The big question on everybody’s mind is whether or not a Survey is right for me?

Surveys can be very useful – they can help you avoid expensive surprises (like an unexpected rewiring job), as well as giving you peace of mind by telling you that those hairline cracks don’t mean the house is falling down. For those who have never owned a property before, a survey can be immensely reassuring.

With the information from the survey you might reconsider whether to buy the property or try and renegotiate the price – if you find it needs £15,000 of roof repairs, it is reasonable to ask for £15,000 off the price. Alternatively, you might ask the seller to fix the problems before you buy it.

Reasons to get a Survey

If you feel your property, or the one you want to purchase, meets any of the following criteria then you should consider getting a Survey done:

  • You are looking to buy a very old or unusual property.
  • The property has a thatched roof or is timber-framed.
  • The building is listed.
  • You have any specific worries about any part of the property.
  • You feel very unsure about what sort of condition the property is in.

How can we help at Edward Mellor?

Edward Mellor’s Survey Team are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – ensuring every inspection is completed to the highest possible standards. Purchasing a house is one of the most expensive commitments you’re ever likely to make and a Survey can help create peace of mind while potentially saving you thousands in future repairs and associated costs. If you’re still unsure whether a Survey is right for you why not contact our expert team are always here to take any questions you may have. Give our team a call today on 0161 443 4580!

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