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5 Common Issues Found During a Home Survey in 2024

For most people, buying a home is the largest financial investment they will make. As with any major financial decision, it’s crucial to minimise risks wherever possible. While you can’t foresee market fluctuations, a Homebuyer’s Survey allows buyers to uncover any hidden defects in the property. Many homebuyers don’t fully grasp the purpose and importance of obtaining a survey before purchasing a house. A Homebuyer’s Survey identifies issues that could cost thousands in repairs down the road. Here are five of the most common house survey problems people have to face:

1. Dampness

Damp is one of the most common problem faced by a home owner. It can range in severity from water stains or mould to significant structural damage. The causes of damp can also be varied and needs thorough investigation. Dampness can then cause wet rot both internally and externally which can potentially lead to damage to the structure of the building.

2. Roof Issues

Issues with the roof can vary from several cracked tiles to overflowing gutters and damaged chimney structure. It’s mostly seen in older buildings.
Often we find a lack of insulation and ventilation in the roof of properties we survey. A lack of ventilation can cause mould to appear within the property which can then lead to damaging the roof and putting those living in the property at risk. A lack of insulation can significantly increase energy losses, increasing running costs for your home; and your carbon footprint!

3. Electrical Issues

Electrical issues are high on the list. There may be old wiring which could be a potential safety hazard you are unaware of. Issues can vary from small repairs to rewiring the whole property. An electricity installation conditional report may be conducted to identify any further problems. Furthermore electrical issues can be a hazard to your health if you touch any live parts causing an electrical shock or a burn and could be a potential fire hazard.

4. Asbestos

It was banned in 1999 after the serious implications on human health were identified. It causes issues when exposed and inhaled. Asbestos is commonly found within flooring, roofing, insulation and within walls and ceilings. If your property was build post-2000, you’re unlikely to be affected by asbestos.

If found, asbestos can be isolated safely by a specialist, this however is reliant on the condition of the Asbestos, if it is found damaged or already exposed this may not be possible. Alternatively a specialist may have to remove the asbestos and dispose of it safely.

5. Structural Movement

Any signs of cracking or movement needs investigation. Structural problems can be caused by a myriad of reasons, and a more detailed survey should be conducted. It can result in walls, ceiling or floors to collapse. If you notice small cracks on the ceiling or walls, it may be caused by natural means and still needs investigating.

Are Home Buyer’s Surveys Worth It?

Homebuyer’s Surveys are a good way to avoid unexpected repair cost further down the line. If you want to have peace of mind when buying a new property carrying out a home survey is the best option for you.

If you’re unclear on whether you need a survey, which survey would be best suited for the property you’re purchasing, or need some additional reassurance, Munday + Cramer can advise you, Click here to get in touch with our expert team of RICS Chartered Surveyors.