A Building Survey in Birmingham has been conducted on a 1930s house and found that the home, which needed some major repair work, would be a ‘renovators dream’ – but the buyer would need to be prepared to put in significant time and money.
Any buyer looking at an older home should order a Chartered Surveyor to look over the property before making an offer.
In this West Midlands case the buyer prudently asked for the extra detail provided by a Building Survey.
The 80-year-old home was in need of a tender lick of paint – this much would have been obvious to the buyer from her own inspection.
Caveat Emptor – the reason for a Building Survey in Birmingham
When buying any home (but particularly older homes) there is always a risk that the home is suffering from a hidden serious structural defect.
The unwary buyer can be left with an enormous financial burden and an unlivable home. The old ‘buyer beware’ maxim is never more pertinent than during a real estate transaction.
A Building Survey is a detailed analysis of the property condition and will warn any buyer of serious structural defects.
Building Survey in Birmingham says home a safe (if somewhat shabby) purchase
Maintenance issues identified by the Surveyor included:
- Roof plumbing and guttering was in a state of disrepair
- Blocked air bricks not allowing transition of air through floor cavity
- Issues with the roof tiling roof
By far the most serious issue was a case of rot that had caused a large hole in the kitchen floor - this may have been linked to the already mentioned clogged air bricks.
The Building Survey noted that the Birmingham house had been subjected to a serious rot problem:
“There is major damage in the kitchen floor from a previous outbreak of rot. The floor has a large hole and from what I could see the joists are damaged and weak. Major repairs and replacement is required. The full extent of this damage could not be seen. Rot is serious and this could have spread to other concealed floor timbers. ”
The serious nature of this defect and the fact that it had been noted by a Chartered Surveyor was a powerful bargaining chip for the buyer to negotiate the price of the property.
The major positive news for the buyer was that all of the problems noted in the Building Survey in Birmingham were repairable and, with some hard work, this West Midlands property could be a good investment of time and money.