Why do I need a survey?

When you're buying a new house, it's very easy to get seduced by the look and feel of the place and ignore the bits which need work. But a few hundred pounds spent on a survey could save you thousands - by providing grounds for negotiating a price reduction- or by making you think twice about taking the property on at all. Here are just some of the “nasties” a professional surveyor might alert you to:

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed was introduced in the early 1800’s as an ornamental plant. It has become a serious problem in this country. You need to be aware that most insurance policies do not cover damage and problems caused by Japanese Knotweed and it is unlikely to be covered in the future. If it affects your neighbour’s property, you are likely to be pursued for the costs involved.

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Cavity Wall Tie Failure

Any cavity wall property built prior to 1981 could be at risk of Cavity Wall tie failure, where the metal ties connecting two skins of brick or block corrode to nothing (in the case of wire ties) or expand to lift the outer skin causing cracking and bowing.

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Radon Gas

Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas regarded as carcinogenic and is found in some parts of the area covered by Mark. Logically, keeping sub floor ventilation air bricks clear and ventilating the accommodation will mean that the gas cannot accumulate to potentially dangerous levels. Modern homes in at risk areas have radon barriers incorporated in the build unlike older properties. After 1991, properties in at risk areas had to have built-in radon protection as part of Building Regulations.

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