5 Reasons to Get a Structural Survey When You’re Buying a House

Buying a house is a big deal. It’s exciting but scary because you want to know you’re making a good choice. The last thing you want is to pay way over the odds for a home that wasn’t worth it. Once you’ve found the property you love and have had an offer accepted, the way to feel more confident about your decision before proceeding further and getting into a legally binding contract to buy is to get a structural survey done.

Here are five reasons why getting a structural survey is a smart move.

Find Hidden Problems

A house can look perfect on the outside, but it might have hidden problems that you can’t see. A structural survey checks for these issues.

The surveyor will look for cracks in the walls, problems with the roof, and dampness. They will check the electrical board, the roof, and the chimney stack (usually using a drone these days) and any signs of dampness.

These issues can be very expensive to fix, especially if they flag up issues like potential full rewiring needing doing or subsidence. Even simple cracks can point to houses sinking or subsiding.

It may require fixing pier and beam issues or full underpinning which can be incredibly expensive. So it’s better to know about them before you buy the house.

Structural issues on a home

Save Money in the Long Run

While a structural survey costs money upfront, it can save you a lot more in the long run. If the survey finds major problems, you can ask the seller to fix them before you buy or negotiate a lower price.

A structural survey report can be a powerful tool during price negotiations. If the survey reveals problems, you can use this information to negotiate a better deal with the seller.

You might get the seller to lower the price or agree to fix the issues before you move in. Either way, the survey gives you more leverage in the negotiation process.

If the issues are too serious, you might decide not to buy the house. And you may save yourself from making a costly mistake.

Plan for Future Repairs

Even if the survey finds no major problems, it might still discover some minor issues that need attention. Knowing about these in advance lets you plan and budget for future repairs. This way, you won’t be caught off guard by unexpected maintenance costs after you’ve moved in.

Peace of Mind

Buying a house is a huge investment, probably one of the biggest you’ll ever make. Having a structural survey done gives you peace of mind. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting into and can feel more confident in your decision. It’s reassuring to know that your new home is safe and sound.

There are different ‘levels’ of structural surveys you can have done. It all depends on how much peace of mind you want, and things like the current condition/ age of the property. For example, if you’re buying a very old house which is likely to have issues then it’s worth going straight in for the most in depth survey.

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