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Potential damp is buyers’ biggest concern

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11/11/2015
Property surveyors are asked to check structural issues, damp and roofing by worried homebuyers
Potential damp is buyers’ biggest concern

When wannabe homebuyers commission a property survey, it’s damp that most concerns them, according to a new survey out from reallymoving.com.

It analysed data from the 6,000 people a month who book a home survey through their website to find the most common area of concern highlighted by buyers.

Structural concerns (such as cracks, subsidence, flooring and roofing worries) are the most frequently raised issue, representing 35% of all requests to surveyors.

Damp and moisture (such as damp, rot, leads, flooding and guttering) are the second most common concern, covering 24% of the potential issues that buyers wanted their surveyors to look closely at. In fact, damp was the single biggest issue raised by homebuyers.

The third biggest area of concern was roofing related issues accounting for 17% of concerns, followed by extensions at 9%, fixtures and fittings at 7%, plumbing and heating at 7% and external worries making up the final 1%.

Around a third of people (32%) make specific requests about these areas of concern when they request survey quotes.

The survey also revealed that most registrations are for Home Buyer Reports (45%), while 38% of buyers want a Building Survey and the remaining 18% don’t know which is the best level of survey for their needs, so need to discuss it with a surveyor to be advised.

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