Home Buyers Survey in Kettering highlights the need for immediate repair work

A Home Buyers Survey in Kettering has identified features of a property that require immediate attention. The two floor, two bedroom house, valued on the market at £74, 000 was discovered to possess the following features that required urgent action:

a) External Main Walls

b) Internal Fireplaces, Chimney Breasts, and Flues

Details of Home Buyers Survey in Kettering

External Main Walls

The rear wall has been damaged by movement. There is cracking to brickwork above the first floor window. The lintel (a small supporting beam that spans across the window) may need to be replaced completely and this will be a complex and expensive operation.

One outside wall is only 115mm in thickness. The Home Buyers Survey in Kettering firmly advised that this ‘sub-standard’ construction would have to be improved.

Many of the original walls have no barrier against dampness from the ground (damp-proof-course). Dampness is entering the house and a specialist needs to be consulted with a view to obtaining a quotation as to the cost of eliminating the damp.

Internal Fireplaces, Chimney Breasts, and Flues

The Home Buyers Survey in Kettering reported that a fireplace had been taken out of an external chimney breast and the opening of it had been blocked up. However the top of the flue had not been installed with a fitting that keeps out rain yet maintains ventilation. It was recommended that this is done immediately.

Furthermore, the Northamptonshire HomeBuyer Report claimed that there was no evidence of the solid fuel fire being inspected. Equally, it advised that heating installations should be serviced yearly by someone approved by the Government's “competent person” scheme.

The property's hidden costs revealed by this Home Buyers Survey in Kettering

Both procedures identified above will be costly. The Home Buyers Survey in Kettering highlights the expenses which the buyers must contend with once contracts have been exchanged.

Some properties will swiftly deteriorate, and thus drop in value, unless (often expensive) repairs are made. It is often possible to negotiate with the seller once these costs are identified, and reduce the home's asking price.