penfold (18th May 2011)
Suggest you hunt out a decent IFA as well - good one can save you $ and help explain stuff like this. If you're in west yorks area I know just the chap.
A friend of mine who works as a chartered surveyor, said the following...
"A full survey should cost no more than £800, and with that the surveyor will check the following:
Brick work externally and internally where possible
All timber work - including structural support beams, loft beams and door frames
All walls for damp using an SDI probe - (if they do not do this then you can fight for any damp found or that develops within 6 months of the survey)
Any drafts - (window frames, external door frames)
Any leaks with the plumbing
Any leaks in the roof/ceiling
Any cracked roof tiles
Insulation (roof and cavity, and when it was done)
The seller has to be up front and honest when it comes to the surveyor coming in to the house and asking questions, if not they are liable for all costs of the survey. The surveyor should also do you a full "worst case" report, which will highlight EVERYTHING they found wrong with the house, and roughly how much you should negotiate off the price to do the repairs.
[ETA - I can't quite comprehend how or why I am replying to such an old thread (must be MY age - maybe I should get a full survey)]
Last edited by pcstru; 10th January 2013 at 08:59 AM.
penfold (10th January 2013)
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