DAMP HOUSE INSPECTION
It’s likely that at some point in the future you’ll want to sell your current home and move on to pastures new. As exciting as making this decision can be, don’t forget that selling a home can be just as stressful as buying one, with all sorts of different problems potentially coming your way.
Buyers will typically always ask their qualified surveyor to carry out an assessment of your property after they put an offer in so they can find out if there are any issues with the house, which could affect the offer or even see them pull out of the deal altogether if the survey throws up something they’re not prepared to deal with.
Your building surveyor in question will come to your home and find out if there are any structural issues such as subsidence or unstable walls, as well as if any major repairs or alterations are required. Expert commentary on your home will also be provided, covering everything from the type of glazing in the windows to the type of wall.
Of course, you’ll want the survey to come back and say that your property is in tiptop condition, with no issues whatsoever but depending on the age of the house, this may not be a likely outcome.
Some problems are more common than others, with damp one of the most common of them all. Damp can look terrible but don’t panic if the survey does reveal that there is a bit of a problem in this regard because the majority of forms are actually treatable… which is certainly good news! The main types are condensation, rising damp and penetrating damp.
Remember that buyers can reduce their offer on your property based on the results of the survey, arguing that the house and the improvements needed to it are unaffordable, which means their offer has to be dropped.
If the survey does reveal damp, you’ll need a damp specialist such as London company Dampcure-Woodcure/30 Ltd to come out and help you deal with the issue. It might be tempting to try and hide the problem by painting over it but there’s little point in doing this because the survey will reveal the issue in any case.
Expert diagnosis is required in order to find out just what kind of damp is affecting the property so as to find the right course of treatment. A wrong diagnosis could make for unnecessary and expensive procedures so do make sure you choose your expert damp company wisely to avoid spending even more money than is necessary.
Dealing with a damp issue, before selling, might be the most economical way to deal with the house sale. As once the remedial work is completed you will be able to present a long term guarantee to cover the works. The need to reduce the house price then will not arise.