Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Property

Buying a property is one of the most significant financial decisions you can make. Whether you are buying your first home, a second property, or an investment, it is crucial to make informed decisions to protect your interests. In this blog post, we will discuss some common mistakes that buyers should avoid and highlight the importance of getting a survey completed by a Chartered Surveyor, even when buying a new build house.

1. Not Getting a Survey Completed

Many buyers make the mistake of skipping the survey process, especially when purchasing a new build. They assume that the developer has already inspected the property and that there are no issues. However, it is crucial to understand that builders may not spot potential issues, and even newly constructed properties can have hidden problems.

By getting a survey completed by a Chartered Surveyor, buyers can gain an objective and professional assessment of the property’s condition. A Chartered Surveyor is trained to identify any potential structural issues, damp problems, or other problems that may not be immediately apparent.

2. Not Checking the Title Deeds

Another common mistake is not checking the Title Deeds thoroughly. These documents provide essential information about the property, including ownership, boundaries, and any restrictions or covenants. By reviewing the Title Deeds, buyers can identify any legal issues or potential encumbrances that may impact the value of the property or their rights as owners.

It is always a good idea to have a solicitor or conveyancer review the Title Deeds on your behalf. They can identify any potential issues and ensure that everything is in order before the purchase is completed.

3. Not Checking the Building Regulations

Buying property that does not meet the required Building Regulations can have serious consequences. Buyers should check that the property has been constructed in accordance with the relevant regulations. This can include checking that any extensions or outbuildings have the relevant planning permission and building consent, as well as inspecting the building’s structure, insulation, and electrical installations.

Failure to comply with Building Regulations can result in legal and financial penalties, as well as potential health and safety issues for the occupants. It is important to have a professional Chartered Surveyor assess the property’s compliance with Building Regulations to ensure its safety and value.

4. Not Checking the Energy Efficiency Rating

In recent years, energy efficiency has become a significant concern in residential property – especially if the property is to be let out to tenants. Buyers should check the energy efficiency rating of a property before making a purchase. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides information about the property’s energy usage and potential for improvement.

Checking the EPC can help buyers make an informed decision about the sustainability of the property and the potential for cost-savings on energy bills. It may also influence the value of the property in the eyes of potential buyers in the future.

Buying a property can be a complex and involved process. By avoiding common mistakes and making the necessary investigations, buyers can protect their interests and make informed decisions.

Investing in a Chartered Surveyor’s expertise can further safeguard your investment. They are trained to identify and report on potential issues with the property, ensuring that buyers are aware of any potential risks or potential cost savings.

Remember, buying a property is not just about the property itself; it is also about protecting your investment. The team at Matthew Parkison Surveyors can help buyers to minimise the risk of making costly mistakes and obtain peace of mind.

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