There is nothing more exciting than buying a new home. Whether it be the thrill of planning the decoration, or the excitement of taking on a project, this is a time to be seriously happy and filled with good anticipation. But before you sign on that dotted line and grab the keys, you need to make sure you are not going to be caught out with a whole heap of problems and repairs that are going to incur some serious costs. In short, before you buy, you need to get a damp report.
DBI.Ltd, who cover a whole host of building works and conversions in the Yorkshire and Teeside area explain why a damp report is essential when buying a new home.
A pre-purchase damp and timber report is an essential survey that anyone buying a new home or investing in a property needs to have carried out. A specialist damp and timber report investigates any existing or potential issues a property may have, checking for damp, mould, woodworm infestations, damaged timbers, wet and dry rot, and more.
In short, there are many problems that may not be immediately apparent to the eye, but if they are there, they will prove to be very expensive to put right, something you really don’t want when you have just bought your dream home. A detailed damp report will uncover deep issues before you invest, they may even change your mind, especially as damp can be a hazard to your health as well as your wallet, while dry rot could mean damage to your property structurally.
Finding these issues in your dream home doesn’t have to mean that you don’t buy the property, but it may be something you ask the seller to sort before the sale is concluded, or could be a consideration when it comes to your offer price. One thing that should be considered is that there may be problems if you are applying for a mortgage if issues are found.