Why should I get a damp survey before buying a property?
Damp surveys can reveal a lot about a new property before you buy it, so it’s a good idea to be on the safe side and have a professional conduct one. From timber rot to a faulty damp proof course, there are all kinds of problems that can arise from damp which could cost you a lot of money after purchasing. Read on for our top reasons to conduct a damp survey before you buy a new property.
A damp survey will stop you wasting money
A damp survey will tell you exactly how bad the property's damp problems are. Walls, foundations and timber can all absorb moisture over time, and a damp survey will explain what the damage is, and how much it will cost to remedy. This will allow you to negotiate with the seller so that they either fix the damp problem themselves, or discount the property for costs of damp repair.
Damp can lead to other problems
If your property has a major problem with damp, then it’s likely that there will be other issues with the building. There could be a dry rot or woodworm problem as a result. Further investigation may be required to find the extent of the issues that the property has, but a damp survey is a great place to start.
Getting a damp survey before you buy a property is the best way to ensure the long-term health of the property and will help you avoid needing to sort out problems with damp further down the line. Sometimes, the issue is as simple as a leaky gutter, but in other cases more thorough treatment will be needed to damp proof the property.
If you are unsure if your damp proof course requires repair or if your home even has one in the first place, our damp experts can help! We are on hand to solve all your problems with damp across Dorset and Hampshire. Get in touch today on 01202 737739.