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    • Johnjones7656
    • By Johnjones7656 18th Apr 17, 9:30 AM
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    Which survey will be most useful??
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    • 18th Apr 17, 9:30 AM
    Which survey will be most useful?? 18th Apr 17 at 9:30 AM
    Unsure as to which survey we should get!!

    It's an old mid terraced house and there is some signs of damp in the attic room near the chimney that we know about!!
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    • tom9980
    • By tom9980 18th Apr 17, 10:33 AM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:33 AM
    Unsure as to which survey we should get!!

    It's an old mid terraced house and there is some signs of damp in the attic room near the chimney that we know about!!
    Originally posted by Johnjones7656
    Depends on the surveyor but most surveys are next to useless in most cases.

    It would be better to get a roofer/builder up onto the roof to inspect and quote on repairs.
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    • Mutton Geoff
    • By Mutton Geoff 18th Apr 17, 2:29 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 2:29 PM
    I agree most surveys are not good value for money. Even if you pay for a full buildings/structural survey it ends up with so many get out clauses (electrics - not tested, please commission your own report, drainage - not tested, please commission your own report etc) that you're better off getting someone with a knowledge of buildings to look at it then investigate further any particular items that might be of concern (damp, rot, electrics, plumbing etc).


    If a house has been standing 10/20/30 years or more, it's not about to fall down but the fear of the unknown leads buyers to commission surveys that don't really provide much useful information nor any warranty on the condition of the house.


    I recently bought a 100+ year old house and didn't bother with a survey but knocked 10% off the asking price in my offer to cover any eventuality since I wanted to carry out a major refurb anyway. Offer accepted, house bought and work under way. Specialist surveys would have cost in the region of £3-4k and this money has instead been put towards refurb of issues I could see with my own eyes (old electrics/plumbing/insulation etc)
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    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 18th Apr 17, 3:22 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 3:22 PM
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    Go for a structural engineer's report. That will tell you if there are any problems with the walls and it may also give you a good idea of what might fail in that type and age of house.
    • pinkshoes
    • By pinkshoes 18th Apr 17, 4:53 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:53 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:53 PM
    A full survey or do not bother, as the other type of surveys are not worth the paper they are written on!!

    We bought a 1970s house but knew the area well, so did our own survey and took rouns a check list of what to look for.

    Other that there being no thermostat, which we didn't spot (and nor would a surveyor!), no surprises after 2 years.

    As the house is old, I would probably pay for the full surve
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