Imagine you buy your perfect new home and after the completion date, all you need to worry about is moving in. You get settled after a few months but you notice some dark specks on your walls. Damp is creeping through the walls and ceilings. It’s not just annoying, it’s quite devastating. No one chooses to buy a home irrespective of levels of damp. This is one of the reasons why home buyers engage the services of a surveyor, prior to buying a home. Only a fully qualified surveyor can assess the conditions of a home and investigate damp levels.
Property disputes soon after completion or moving date, arise generally between the property owner and a neighbour, estate agency or council. Unfortunately it can be against the previous owner. It’s quite tricky when the dispute is against the previous owner because the deal is already done. The completion date is done and dusted. But were you sold what you were promised? Any problems with the property will have to be dealt with swiftly and with the help of a property lawyer.
Property sellers try their best to groom their home in order to look as appealing as possible to the seller. Not only will they tidy up and clean up, they’ll possibly paint the walls and conceal any imperfections. They mask the home in an attempt at making the product look a lot better than it is. Surveyors don’t always see these concealed imperfections, so they’re not a guarantee that you’re getting exactly what you’ve bargained for. But there’s also the possibility that the seller was unaware of these imperfections, which can be serious problems for the buyer.
Your property might be affected by rising damp or penetrating damp, which can be caused by problems in the building’s structure. If this is a problem that was not raised by the surveyor or the seller, and it isn’t included in any documentation, you need to contact a property lawyer and a qualified surveyor. The seller might be responsible for repairs and any damages. Please get in touch with us if you have just bought a property with damp problems. We’ll be able to offer initial free advice. SG
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