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Buying a house is a big financial commitment, so you don't want to be caught out by not having a clear understanding of exactly what you're buying. House purchases don't come with a refund policy but you can take action to protect yourself by getting a survey allowing you to make a well-informed choice.
Independent surveys are the only way to get a true picture of the property you're considering buying. Unlike a mortgage valuation which is prepared only for your lender's information, surveys provide you with the fullest possible picture of your new home, identifying defects which could be costly for you to put right.
Intercounty is delighted to be working with sister company e.surv Chartered Surveyors to educate you as home buyers about the need for professional, independent advice when you buy your new home.
You can book on-line at www.esurv.co.uk or call their friendly team on 0800 169 9661^
The top five things a surveyor will look for when completing a house survey:
Are there any problems with utilities? Is there any damp? Is there cracking? Are the roofs ok? Are there any timber defects?
Types of property survey:
Look for the RICS logo (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) as this is the professional body for home surveys and will give you peace of mind that you will receive reliable information.
Different homes require different property surveys. RICS offer three main types:
For conventional properties and newer homes.
A clear and concise snapshot of the condition of the property.
Outlines the key risks associated with the purchase.
Rates different elements of the property using a traffic light system.