One of our surveyors in Oxford recently carried out a survey on a house that faced some particularly unfortunate hidden defects. Upon inspection, he found that a section of the ring purlins supporting the roof structure was badly cracked and poorly supported. A roofing contractor was asked to provide a quote for the work required to remediate the issue – this came to £10,241.
At the same property, our surveyor discovered an asbestos roof above an outdoor storage shed that was cracked and close to collapsing. The removal of the roof was quoted at £800.
Our surveyor also recommended that the buyers check whether planning permission had been sought for the internal works that had taken place, such as the removal of walls to create an open-plan kitchen and dining area. The owners were unable to provide proof, therefore, our surveyor advised the buyers that indemnity insurance should be obtained to cover the likelihood of action being taken by the Local Authority.
All-in-all, a success – had the buyers not commissioned a survey, the results could have been disastrous and even more expensive. This also put them in an excellent position to go on to renegotiate the price with the seller.