HomeBuyer Report in Essex reveals unanswered questions

No internal roof access or electrical certification found during Home Buyers Survey in Essex for a newly built, end-terrace property

There were two major concerns discovered during this Home Buyers Survey in Essex on a new-build residence. The home, valued at around £80, 000, lacked internal access to the roof cavity, and required the urgent attention of a electrician to confirm the wiring had been safely installed.

Home Buyers Survey confirms no roof access

The HomeBuyers Report found that there was no hatch which would allow internal access into the roof, and therefore the roof could not be inspected.  The surveyor was therefore unable to vouchsafe the condition of the  roof in respect of leaks, water damage, correctly installed insulation or myriad other issues. This was described in the Survey as a Condition 3 problem, which must be rectified as soon as possible, and ideally before the contracts were exchanged.

The dangers of an uncertified electrical system

Furthermore, another issue identified during in this Home Buyers Survey in Essex was that the mains electrical system, located in the main bedroom, had not been inspected and tested, and therefore had not been issued with a safety certificate.

For a new property, the risk of faulty wiring was likely to be low, but as the consequences of even that low risk could lead to serious injury and death, the Surveyor marked the lack of certification down as a severe, ‘Condition 3’ defect.

Damp-proofing problems

A damp-proof course (DPC) could not be found in the external cavity walls of the property in Essex, which could leave the property vulnerable to future internal dampness problems unless some form of damp-proofing is installed.  Whilst not finding any existing damp problems, the Home Buyers Survey also noted that the step at the entrance to the house in Essex would breach a DPC, and it was suggested that this should be monitored as it potentially presented a Condition 2 (moderately significant) problem.

Other smaller problems were found, such as the downpipe being found to be discharging water over a drain.  The Home Buyers Survey in Essex suggested that the downpipe should be extended into the drain, as otherwise the water could overflow, ultimately causing water damage to the foundations and structural movement.

Potential legal issues

The Home Buyers Survey in Essex on this new build property suggested that the owner should acquire a certificate issued by NHBC, Zurich or an independent architect in order to receive a 10 year guarantee on the property.

The HomeBuyer Report also found that there might be a right-of-way issue at the back of the property.  The drains were found to pass under the property next door, which could mean the costs of maintenance and repair should be shared.

Home Buyers Surveys can reveal issues of not only practical consideration, as with the roofing and electrical issues, but also legal matters worthy of closer inspection. That being said, it is vital that any suspected legal issues be referred to the Conveyancing Solicitor acting on their client's behalf.