23 Feb

Survey valuable before buying houses for sale in UK

Survey valuable before buying houses for sale in UK

People looking to buy houses for sale in the UK should ensure a survey is carried out on their future home.

Surveys can detect damp, rotten timbers, roof defects and other structural issues that need to be rectified.

Yet eight out of ten buyers still don't have a survey carried out, according to e.surv Chartered Surveyors.

House hunters buying houses for sale in 2010 risked approximately £1.3 billion by not having the checks made, the firm reports.

Richard Sexton, sales director of e.surv, says mortgage valuations carried out by lenders are not enough to ensure the house is structurally sound.

He said: "It's an investment on the most important purchase you make.

"However, some still choose to ignore advice because they can’t see past the initial cost of the survey."

People buying more expensive houses for sale in the UK tend to be more thorough and have surveys carried out, he added.

According to the National Association of Estate Agents, the number of people who registered to view houses for sale in 2011 has risen since December.

An average of 252 homebuyers signed up in January, compared to 227 in the previous month.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800423403-ADNFCR

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