Review of a survey of a client who was
moving from the north to the south of
England due to work
Moving house was a necessity
We are building surveyors and we recently carried out a residential building survey of a Victorian end terrace property in East London .
Our client was relocating from the north of England down to London due to work commitments.
Prices in London are far more expensive that prices in the north of England
The client was shocked to see how much more expensive property prices were in the London area compared with the north west .
He had a young family and schools were a factor in the area that he chose as well as vicinity to work. He felt he wanted somewhere in greater London that was within a commutable distance to his workplace.
After a great deal of research he felt he had found the perfect property but naturally wanted an independent building survey to ensure there were no major structural problems with the house.
Independent building surveyors
Our building surveyors are all members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and have years of surveying experience, both in house surveying and commercial surveying. We would always recommend you have a full structural survey before you buy what will essentially be the most expensive purchase you will ever make.
You would be mad to buy a second hand car before taking it for a test drive and even having a mechanic give it the once over, so we are baffled why so many people choose to just have the valuation survey instead of a full independent building survey when this is such a major purchase.
Our surveyors are not attached to any estate agents, banks or building surveyors and are therefore completely independent and only work for you and have your best interests at heart and not those the company they work for!
Free phone us on 0800 298 5424 to speak to a chartered surveyor.
Were any problems found with the house when the survey was carried out?
The survey property in question was an end of terraced Victorian property. Our client knew that the property was a “doer-upper” and realised there would be many decorative and small problems with the property but was keen to ensure there was nothing major wrong with the house.
Immediately the surveyor could see that outside the chimney on the right had been lowered and therefore it was likely it had been capped or removed. Upon closer inspection he found that the chimney breast had been removed throughout the property and was resting on gallows brackets, something we are personally not very keen on.
It would be possible to put the chimney breast back in but of course this would be rather costly.
Circles and ovals in our survey reports
As you can see above, we use circles and ovals to emphasise problem areas in our survey reports and feedback from our clients has been that they find this very helpful.
Original slate tiles replaced with much heavier concrete tiles
Gable end not tied in
Numerous raking cracks
Externally numerous raking cracks were found. Ground movement around the property was also noted, as were internal cracks. This led the surveyor to suspect progressive movement though of course this would be impossible to confirm from a one off inspection and the surveyor said that usually an insurance company would want to monitor the property for approximately one year to be certain. He felt the best option would be for the existing owners to put in an insurance claim meaning our clients would only have liability for the excess.
Many other problems too!!
Many other problems were found in and around the property.
What was the overall conclusion after the survey was completed?
The surveyor unfortunately came to the conclusion that this was not a property to be taken on lightly and unless you are experienced in house refurbishments, i.e. a builder or property developer he would not recommend going ahead with the purchase. As our clients were not in this category it was recommended not go ahead and buy this property as it would just be a money pit.
It is very rare that our surveyors come to this conclusion and it just shows you the scale and cost of the problems within this house.
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