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Japanese knotweed can cause extensive damage to a property's retaining and garden walls.erty. or garden building (photo: Dankogreen)
Japanese knotweed can cause extensive damage to a property's retaining and garden walls.erty. or garden building
09.05.2019, 11:02

Caveat Emptor

Furnishing & Decor, White Papers & Briefings, EMEA
Potential homeowners should never overlook the importance of property surveys.


Purchasing property without at least a structural survey can be a costly mistake, as remedying significant faults can be as problematic as it is often financially prohibitive.

 

Surveyors will typically focus on a wide range of potential issues, in addition to examining a building's fabric - including the following:

 

Japanese Knotweed 

There are, of course, huge problems that can arise such as Japanese Knotweed and structural movement, and these will require not only a professional, but also may effect whether you buy the property at all. With this in mind, here are a few other problems to consider.


Nearby trees

Although aesthetically beautiful, nearby trees can cause real problems for property owners. If you’ve found a property, but it has a large tree next to it that is starting to eclipse the view from the windows inside, it’s worth considering the following problems:

  • Roots can be lethal for weaving their way underneath the foundations of a property. If you have a driveway, it’s said to be quite common for the roots to start buckling the brick or paving work from the underneath.
  • As you may know, leaves and moss can start to affect your guttering, especially when autumn comes around. However, if your property is right next to a tree, this could start to cause immediate problems that need dealing with. You may need to enlist someone to clean your gutters or get protection to stop the leaves from falling in every year.


Blocked drainage systems

A survey is essential for identifying blocked drains and potentially significant plumbing or septic-tank related health hazards. ASL Limited has published resources on its website on remedying water mains problems.


Poor insulation

Although Building Regulations require modern homes to be insulated against the cold, properties built prior to the 1920s will often require additional investment to bring them up to the standards required by modern regulations. It is therefore often worth considering whether the additional work associated with purchasing an older property makes it a more attractive proposition than a new build. 

 

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