I am considering making an offer on a house.
I have contacted a surveyor and have been quoted around the €500 mark to get this done.
However, after a brief conversation it seems his report and my idea of what the report should be don’t tally.
I thought for the price it would be fairly comprehensive and check everything.
Things I’d like to get checked:
The walls – these are papered and yer man is not going to strip them for me. I’d like to get them checked for any issues.
The entire plumbing works, pipes etc. Does the jacks flush properly. Is the water pressure up to scratch?
The electrics. Are there any issues with the wiring? How many sockets are there and the locations of them.
The attic. Is it sound, it is suitable for conversion? Where would a stairs leading to this go?
The insultation of the gaff. What would be the best way to do this. Someone told me outside insulation will dent if a ball is kicked against it?
Ventilation – Is this something that can be checked? Open a window boss
The chimney. Does it do its job? I would prefer not to kill the family just yet.
Can he/she/they test this with smoke?
The heating. It is up to scratch.
Flooring – What lies beneath… that lino.
Roof. Will it hold?
Any issues with the foundations.
Extension. Is this sound – was it done properly – will it require attention?
**From the report **– A detailed report containing all of the above but including estimated cost for any repairs/work that needs to be carried out.
Now perhaps my expectations are too high for just the surveyor’s report/role.
Who else would I need to have on the case? A builder? A structural engineer? Duncan Stewart?
Can I be present while all this is being checked out? Not to wreck heads but just to see what I’m getting for the money I’m spending and ask anything else that comes to mind.
Will the EA be present too? I presume so as he has the keys?
The EA has fobbed off some of my concerns as just minor things – nothing a tenner can’t fix type of thing.
What would be the best way to proceed after getting this report with regard to the offer?
Do buyers make an offer subject to the report and deduct estimated costs from the offer or just make an offer after getting the report?
Obviously, I’d only like to get one survey done but I’d like to get it done thoroughly to avoid heart/ass ache in the future.
Any additional suggestions, thoughts or experiences welcomed and appreciated.
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