Posted on
March 26th, 2015

Unexpected Repairs Costing New Homeowners

The housing market continues to be good for sellers, but it seems that this is having an unexpected cost for buyers. The necessary precautions are not always taken when viewing and inspecting properties, which results in an average of £4,000 on repairs for buyers.

The survey carried out by LV last year shows that nearly half of buyers uncovered hidden damage which needed to be rectified, with an average of £4,205 being spent a property. In many of these cases it was believed that the damage was concealed deliberately to increase the selling price of a house.

These problems included a range of structural problems which are not immediately apparent on the surface. Plumbing problems, damaged drains, faulty electrics and damp problems were the leading issues. For many of these problems there is no way of following up the damage, as the responsibility lies with the buyer, rather than the seller.

The issue of damp is an important one to find out about when buying a property, as it can cause costly problems in the future and it may not be obvious if a damp issue will arise. Tricks such as moving furniture in front of mould, or even painting over it have been employed by sellers trying to hide damp problems.

If a seller has nothing to hide, it can be a good idea to request a record of structural work done to the building. If this is unavailable, or a seller is being difficult, it may be worth thinking more about the purchase, or getting a professional opinion.

If you are looking to buy a house which has used our rising damp solutions, then you can be sure that you will have years of damp free living. We deal with a wide range of professionals across the UK, so it will be easy for you to find housing which uses our quality damp proofing treatments.

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