Selling a home to retire, how Surveying
advice helped resolve problems with the
property, a review
Independent Building Surveyors
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Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware
Why should you have a building survey carried out?
In this case our client had lived in the same property for over thirty years and the plan was to retire shortly. Although they knew there were issues with dampness in the property they were unsure on how to resolve these and so decided to commission us to carry out a building survey and report for them.
Dealing with the dampness found in the property
2. No French Drain around the property
French Drain defined
A French Drain involves pea shingle, with a perforated pipe underneath that feeds into the drainage system which takes away any rainwater.
2. No extract fans in humidity generating areas such as the kitchen and bathroom
3. Radiators being positioned on internal walls rather than under windows.
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What do the ovals or circles in our building surveys and articles mean?
Within our reports and articles we utilise a system of ovals and circles to highlight problem areas or characteristics within a property to better explain the issues. If this does not explain the issue completely then we can also use one of our sketches that have been commissioned exclusively for us for use in the reports.
What to expect from your Estate Agents
When the time comes to sell the property we told our client that they need to commission an estate agent that is familiar with selling similar properties to yours and also one that will market your home correctly and advise you on how to present your house.
Don't forget kerb appeal and spring cleaning
When selling a house always remember that the presentation of the outside of the property is just as important as the inside, if not more so! Kerb appeal is very important in selling a property as it is thought that it often takes a buyer about three seconds to decide whether they like a property, this is often decided made by the kerb appeal of the property. In the case of our client we were able to advise that simple things such as cutting the grass regularly and tidying bins away can make the property appear tidier and that hanging baskets and pots of flowers could bring colour to the front of the house.
A good spring clean should always take place no matter what time of year you sell your property. A clean house is always well received and a lick of paint can help to freshen up a dated décor.
Example of our survey reports
We are more than happy to email you examples of our Surveys that we have carried out on similar properties to the one that you are looking to buy although we do appreciate that all properties are unique. We really believe that you should see what you are getting in the form of an example Survey before you purchase a property. Please free phone 0800 2985
We have many other articles on our website for you to read
Please have a good look around our website to see how much detail we go into regarding property and its associated problems in our articles. We go into this much depth and detail within our reports as well.
We trust you found the article of use and if you have any experiences that you believe should be added to this article that would benefit others, or you feel that some of the information that we have put is wrong then please do not pause to contact us (we are only human). Your comments will be appreciated.
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