The false economy of building survey shortcuts
More and more families are shunning full building surveys so they can raise enough cash to buy a home.
It’s estimated that around 80% of buyers don’t check to see if the property is safe or what needs doing as people mistakenly believe the mortgage lender’s valuation is a structural review. That misunderstanding can come back to bite people later if they find a problem with the property. Potential buyers expose themselves to the risk of huge repair costs after finding nasty surprises later.
One in five of those who did not bother with a survey later uncovered faults, according to research involving more than 1,000 buyers conducted by ComRes for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Remedial work cost £5,750 on average and RICS said 17% of new owners ended up paying more than £12,000 to make their homes habitable.
At Anglian Home Surveyors we regularly hear comments such as: ”My mate does some building. He’ll give the place a once over...”
Many buyers mistakenly rely on only their mortgage provider’s valuation. Estate agents say it is a growing problem, the result of family budgets coming under increasing pressure. Valuations do not include a full inspection. In fact, some are done from a desk miles away or after a quick drive past the property.
It’s amazing that a buyer of a car, average cost of £3,500, will insist on an MOT, but a person buying, say, a £250,000 house will generally not spend money to have that property fully checked.
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