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Chartered Surveyors and Domestic Energy Assessors in Chichester, carrying out professional surveys and inspections across West Sussex and the South East.

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Are home surveys worth it or are cynicism and the usual survey caveats causing potential buyers to shy away from the fee expense? Nick Brereton wants a few of his experiences to be circulated so feel free to transmit the below to your clients at your discretion:

Surveys by experienced Surveyors (not Mortgage/Loan Valuers pretending to be expert Surveyors as well as Valuers) who are independent from your chain of home Sales and string of finance companies, answer this question very clearly..... Yes, home surveys are needed as an essential service to protect buyers investment. It is impossible to accurately analyse statistics as we have incomplete data, but our estimations suggest that the average net benefit of Buyer Surveys completed by us will be a sum between 10 to 16 times the survey fee.

We have found subsidence, old/discontinuous as well as recent/active, highly dangerous chimney stacks, a very clear incidence of house and loft condensation and mould, active woodworm and devastating floor decay plus inevitable wall dampness issues and not only in older homes.

Other issues frequently found are ground movement and defective drainage systems, inadequate Conservatory foundations and floor slab and the ever rising bodging by Cowboy Builders and well-intentioned Home Owners.

Surveys should be considered an essential part of Home Buying and not a luxury to be avoided.

Call Nick Brereton MRICS on 07887 629 450 for Survey Product advice and Fee Quotations.