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5 Potential problems if you decide not to get a property survey

5 Potential problems if you decide not to get a property survey

In most cases if there is a problem with your property a survey should find it, the list below highlights 5 main ones.

1.       You will miss out on advice and recommendations from an expert


For a lot of people, getting a survey on your property that you intend to buy getting a survey on the property will mean you will get the knowledge and expertise of a qualified professional with year of experience in the field of property surveys. You need to make sure you use a surveyor that is regulated by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) you can utilise the advice given on the property to make a final decision on whether to progress with the transaction.


Also in addition to their extensive experience in the industry as a whole securing the advice of a local property expert can be invaluable-by requesting a surveyor that operates within your region, you will be guaranteed that they will be able to draw upon a wealth of local expertise. Some properties will be affected by local environmental conditions , like risk of flooding , tree issues etc and the surveyor will be aware of these issues due to their local knowledge .

2.       You cannot guarantee an accurate valuation

There is a difference between a valuation for mortgage purposes and a specific property valuation.

People are often confused by the 2 types of valuation as both can be requested to establish a property’s value. The mortgage valuation is mostly for the lenders benefit, allowing them to know if the property is safe to lend its money on. In most circumstances this survey isn’t sent to you as it now goes directly to the lender and unless you request a copy (sometimes lender will still refuse to send it to you) . If you pay and request for a survey privately, the surveyor is working on your behalf and not the lender so they will report directly back to you .

3. Renegotiations will be more difficult

In the case that your survey does identify several issues regarding the condition of the property, the report can subsequently be used to effectively broker the price with the seller. This is especially true of Homebuyer Reports, which provide a detailed record of all the issues or defects identified, as well as one of three different condition ratings which is used to indicate the severity of these concerns and the immediacy in which they need to be dealt with.
By citing the expert findings of your RICS accredited surveyor, you are far more likely to be successful in your renegotiations. More specifically, the seller will be more inclined to offer one of the two following options. They will either, propose a reduction in the asking price of the property that is roughly equal to the buildings estimated cost of repairs or they will agree to make the necessary renovations prior to your move in date.




4. Future costs may be incurred

In addition, once you have received the completed report, you should have a far greater understanding of what exactly the surveyor identified during their inspection. This includes any defects or shortcomings that would have otherwise continued to go unnoticed by the tenant or vendor.

This is where a property survey could potentially save you thousands of pounds in future expenditure.

By having a comprehensive inspection undertaken by a qualified expert, you may be alerted to any number of serious or costly defects that are not immediately obvious. When these kinds of issues are left unattended to, they not only incur significant expenditure later down the line, but also pose a tangible danger to any future occupants. It’s in your best interests to instruct a surveyor to identify these shortcomings early and deal with them accordingly.

5. No peace of mind

As we previously mentioned, buying or selling a home is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions a person will ever make.

That’s why, when you request a property survey, you can rest assured that the independent evaluation will guarantee that you’re  making a confident and informed judgement, based on the advice of a qualified professional. Not to mention saving a homebuyer thousands of pounds in future costs through the potential to renegotiate the selling price based on issues identified in the report.

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