We've just received our full buildings survey for the house we're in the process of buying.
It's an old house so there are a few issues that we should expect to have to fix in normal maintenance (I'm not too worried about these).
What I'm not sure on is there are a couple of things where they've recommended we get a specialist in to confirm their findings (damp specialist and plumber). Is it normal to have to get further people in? Are they just saying this to cover their backs?
First time buyer and feeling completely out of my depth!
They do cover themselves to an extent but if they feel it could affect the value of the property and incur significant unexpected costs , it is worth the extra £100's to get a specialist as it could save you £1000's longer term. Once better informed you codul decide whether you need to renegotiate the price to factor such things in or if you can do them over time and at roughly what cost.
If you go and ask your solicitor/estate agent to ask the vendor they may have had people look at things and have guarantees in place that can be transferred toyou for a small fee or they may have written reports or invoises for work that they have paid for which will set your mindat rest.
We borrowed the Which guide to moving house from the library which was very handy. Would highly recommend it. Most of it is common sense but when you're stressed anyway, I felt it was calming to read the book and know I was doing things right!!