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Can someone please explain surveys too me? (First time buyer doesn't get it!)

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Thandeka Wed 26-Aug-09 13:38:26

Okay so a mortage requirement is to have one of "their" surveys done. But we also have a recomendation of a top whack surveyor who is very thorough and good. We defo want a thorough full survey as its an old house and spending £600 on a survey could save us 250k of heartache!

So what is best to do- pay once for top whack mortage survey once mortage going through thus avoiding paying for two surveys.

pay now for top whack independent survey done next week to highlight any problems and if its not a viable sale we can walk away before too far down mortage and solicitor fees route. If we do then proceed we would just have bare minimum survey done to meet mortage requirements? Or is this daft and paying twice?

bigstripeytiger Wed 26-Aug-09 13:45:42

Can you contact the mortgage company to see if they will accept a survey from your surveyor? If that is who you want to use?

Or go with a surveyor approved by the mortgage company, but get the full survey done rather than just the mortgage valuation?

Thandeka Wed 26-Aug-09 14:02:00

haven't quite finished sorting the mortage yet! Had an agreement in principle but didn't suit our circumstances so trying to find better one. But that makes sense- must try and sort mortage asap!

annh Wed 26-Aug-09 14:13:13

The survey which the mortgage company do is mandatory but it is for their benefit - basically, they want to be sure that your house is worth the amount they are lending on it and that if they need to sell in future because of non-payment of mortgage, they will be able to get their money back. You should not rely on that to highlight any/all issues with the house. It is up to you if you choose to have the additional, comprehensive survey done - apparently some people don't - but unless you feel confident in identifying problems with dry rot, crumbling roof tiles, structural cracks etc. then you are potentially facing some very expensive shocks down the line.

Thandeka Wed 26-Aug-09 14:24:23

That is very helpful thankyou.

Right will book in proper survey soon then....

puffylovett Wed 26-Aug-09 16:39:38

2 things to mention re surveys - there's varying levels, ie you can have a homebuyer survey which is more in depth than the mortgage survey, or you can have a full structural survey done which SHOULD highlight all faults.

Its worth shopping around - I got a quote for £250 for a full builders structural survey recently. However, make sure that whoever you go with if you choose the top level, you have 'comeback'. So if for example the house turns out to have dry rot or smething equally expensive but it wasn't picked up on the survey, you can chase them for the cost of the repair.

I think that's how it works, anyway 1

Thandeka Thu 27-Aug-09 08:34:39

I replied to this but my post got lost. Bah!

Wow-£250 please let this surveyor be in North London and you used them and would reccomend!

In fact any other reccomendations on surveyors? (My shopping around consists of asking mumsnet!)

puffylovett Thu 27-Aug-09 17:44:49

No, sorry - am oop north !!

I googled building survey and came across a site of chartered surveyors where they email you a bunch of quotes. I think it was

Thandeka Thu 27-Aug-09 20:34:29

awesome got some quotes. Thankyou so much!

Thandeka Fri 28-Aug-09 15:14:50

Just have to post how awesome my dad is!

He came and did a "dad survey" and his phenomenal knowledge revealed the electrics and the internal roof support were a bit buggered plus issues with flooring downstairs! We have now had to pull out of sale but have not forked out £500+ for a survey to find this out.


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