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New House Drainage Checks

New House Drainage Checks

During the exciting but stressful event of buying a house, you’ll be filling out a lot of paperwork and doing a lot of research. Buying a house is a big financial decision, so it’s important you know absolutely everything you need to know about your new house before you sign the contract. We’ve compiled an article on new house drainage checks so you can see why surveying the drainage isn’t such a bad idea!

smelly drains at a house viewing

What is a home buyers survey?

When buying a new home, it’s highly recommended you complete a home buyers survey, as you’re most likely buying the most expensive thing of your life. Although a property survey is optional, it is highly recommended as they can help you avoid expensive and unwanted surprises in the long-term. It is well worth the investment of a few hundred pounds when you’re investing tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds in a property.

A surveyor will inspect the property and tell you if there are any issues which may cost you in the long-term. This could include structural issues or damp, but everything relevant is covered in the report, depending on the type of report you choose. The report provides an easy to understand commentary on the house, so you won’t be left confused with any technical jargon.

What’s covered in a home buyers survey?

what is covered in a home buyers survey?

Depending on the type of home buyers survey you choose, it could include any of the below details in the final report:

  • A recent valuation of the property for the open market
  • General background information on the property and the surrounding area
  • Cost estimation of rebuilding parts of the property for insurance purposes
  • Assessment of any damp, drains, and insulation
  • Condition of the property’s timbers – checking for woodworm
  • Damp tests on the walls
  • Details of urgent issues with the building that needs specialist attention before signing the contract
  • Details of major problems in the property

It’s always best to read the report you receive in full so you know all the relevant details before signing a contract. Remember – surveyors work for you and offer an independent report, so you can trust the information you’re receiving.

Types of home buyers survey

the different types of home buyers surveys

Depending on the type of home survey you choose to carry out, you’ll receive varying levels of details on the condition on your new potential home.

Condition report

The most basic survey you can buy, a condition report costs around £300. The report doesn’t go into detail about the issues the property has, nor does it give advice on how to fix them. It provides traffic light indication on the condition of the property, with ‘green’ meaning okay, ‘orange’ meaning cause for concern, and ‘red’ meaning serious repairs are vital before a purchase is made.

Home buyers report (survey only)

This report tells you about any major problems and costs upwards of £350. The surveyor will be non-intrusive, so will not drill holes, lift up floorboards and such, so any report will be limited.

Home buyers report (survey and valuation)

This option includes everything from the above but also includes a valuation and insurance reinstatement value (which is the amount of money you’d get if your house was destroyed). This report can cost upwards of £450.

Home condition survey

Costing anywhere between £400-£900, the home condition survey is conducted by specialists and includes all practical and relevant information you want to know when buying a property. This could range from internet speed in the area to an analysis of the structure.

Building survey

A building survey is the most expensive option, but it is often the best one to choose. Depending on the size and cost of your house, the price can range from £500-£2000. Building surveys are a comprehensive and extensive report, leaving no stone unturned. Surveyors will check everything in the house, from the attic, behind walls, underneath floorboard and much more. The surveyor will give advice on repairs and provide estimates on the cost. You will also receive a valuation and an insurance reinstatement value estimate of the property – if asked for.

What’s not covered in a home buyers survey?

Although the home buyers survey is a comprehensive survey, there are some things that won’t be covered in the report – like drainage plans. Although the immediate drains will be checked for blockages, the surveyor won’t check the layout of the public drains and whether this would cause an issue in the future. You can get this information by contacting the council for information.

Common problems with new builds

Due to the growing population of the UK, there is an increasing demand for new properties. The population rises at a fast pace, forcing property developers to quickly build houses. Many of these new builds are almost immediately inhabited, proving the need for them is great, but due to the time constraints on new builds, often rushed and shoddy work done to the new house drainage systems. New property development in Bridgend, Wales, turned green gardens into bogs, leaving many new homeowners with bills as much as £6000 to rectify the issue.

Most public drainage systems weren’t designed to be relied on by this many homes, causing significant damage down the line. With reports like this surfacing from many new developments, it’s important to check the drainage of your new home, as pooling water can not only destroy your garden, it also poses a significant health risk.

Best practices for new builds

best practices when buying a new build house

If you’re thinking about buying a new build, we’ve got some tips on what to look out for when deciding on your purchase. You can receive a new-build snagging survey, which starts from £300 depending on the size of the property. This ensures all issues are highlighted and passed onto the developers, who will fix them.

When viewing the property, check the taps run at the right temperature, the radiators work and ask if the pipes are insulated and not lead, which would have to be replaced if this was the case. Also, contact the council for information about the new development, including changes to any public drains, so you aren’t left with bogged up gardens in the future.

Here at Express Clear, we offer comprehensive drainage services throughout Doncaster and the surrounding areas. Our team of highly qualified drainage contractors can provide guidance for your new house drainage checks. For more information on our services, please get in touch with a member of our team today.


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