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You might think you’ve discovered your dream home, but what nightmares might be lurking beneath? Building surveys, even the more comprehensive kind, will only uncover so much, so if you’re planning a move, don’t overlook the drainage system!
Let’s face it, a property valuation isn’t an exact science, and certainly doesn’t go into the level of detail required to paint a full picture of the condition of a property. Hence, the need for a building survey. But how far beneath the surface will a surveyor actually scratch?
You might be given a guide to the market value of the property in question, and the survey might throw up some superficial issues that need to be addressed, but a thorough investigation of the drainage system could save you significant unexpected expenses and stress.
An experienced surveyor will carry out a comprehensive assessment of your potential new home, looking closely at any issues you may have concerns about.
A Full Building Survey is more detailed (and expensive) than a basic Homebuyer’s Report, and while it’ll include an appraisal of the property’s damp proofing, insulation and drainage, it’ll only give you an idea of the condition of the property’s drainage. The drains aren’t actually tested, so a professional CCTV drain survey could be crucial to helping you make an informed decision.
A full, professional CCTV drain survey is fast, thorough and non-invasive. It will allow a drain specialist to identify any potential problems before you commit to buy, which could have a bearing on the price you pay. You might also be able to insist the current owner completes any remedial work before you exchange contracts.
Drainage problems can be very expensive to fix. By their very nature, drains are inaccessible and below ground, so it can be a while before issues become evident, in which time the damage could have become more extensive, meaning it’ll be increasingly costly and disruptive to repair.
CCTV drain surveys are a simple way to examine your future property’s drainage system without the need for digging and excavation. Common problems like tree roots growing into drainage, cracks and damage, build ups of FOG (fat, oil and grease) and issues caused by subsidence can be quickly and accurately identified.
If a drainage problem is diagnosed, you’ll be given a full report (and a copy of the video), so you’ll have all the information you need to decide whether to follow through with the purchase or pass on the property. The CCTV survey can also help you negotiate a fair price with the seller.
If you require a fast, professional CCTV drain survey before you sign on the dotted line for your prospective property, covering North Wales, Chester and surrounding areas, Drain Doctor CNW is ready to help. For more information or to book an appointment please contact our friendly team today on 0800 096 2352.