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50 House Buying Tricks guide discussion

edited 24 October 2012 at 10:16AM in House buying, renting & selling
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  • cloocloo Forumite
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    My top tip is use a solicitor recommended by a friend - I am so, so grateful for the solicitor recommended to me who did our last two sets of conveyancing!

    If you're not sure which surveyor to use, go by whoever seems to have been around locally the longest. They'll be best informed about typical local structures, ground composition etc.

    If you're worried about damp issues, get an independent specialist damp surveyor - they won't be working for a supplier so will give you an honest and usually reassuring assessment!
  • Joe69Joe69 Forumite
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    As a cash buyer (therefore no need to apply for mortgage) I was slightly caught out when I came to sell the house 13 years later. My best buyers were refused a mortgage and had to pull out. The reason was the "non-standard materials" the house was made of. It was a very sound house indeed, but was made of rubble mixed with cement and whitewashed. I did get a buyer in the end but at a considerably lower price.
  • Winter_PhoenixWinter_Phoenix Forumite
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    Erm ... Post #43 by Joe 69 appears to be a paste of half of Tenuissent's post at #7 of this thread...?
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