Homebuyer sometimes called Pre-Purchase drain surveys are recommended by estate agents – and often insisted upon by mortgage lenders and insurers – ahead of buying a property. There are advantages to be had both for the buyers, who will know exactly what the state of the drains and pipework on the property are before they agree to a contract, and for the seller, who can then sell the property with confidence with any problems either resolved or pointed out.
We carry out many such surveys in the area around Warminster in Wiltshire. This usually involves using specialised CCTV camera equipment to uncover potential drainage problems.
Our home buyer drain survey clients, tell us that they value our expert insight into the drainage systems they are buying or selling along with a property. It’s one more box to tick, and easily accomplished unobtrusively, taking away the stressful risk of possibly inheriting or passing on unforeseen drainage problems with a property purchase/sale.
Purchasing a property is a costly and complicated business so it is well worth investing in any measures you can find to get a thorough appraisal of the building and grounds that you are spending out on. Knowing in advance what problems exist, or might occur, allows you to evaluate your purchase, make an informed decision, and plan ahead.
The drainage system on the property is out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind when you are buying a property.
A drain survey can identify any existing weaknesses or potential problems with the pipes and drains on the property – important information that may be useful in price negotiations. Then there is the fact that when you take the property on you will have a comprehensive plan of the drainage system to help you in future if you plan extensions, renovations or even when you eventually sell the property on.
CCTV drainage surveys play a key role in the mapping of drains and sewers in cases where underground infrastructure needs to be identified before a building project can start on a site. Whether it’s a new build or an extension, commercial or industrial, it is vital to know where drain pipes and other related structures are positioned before work starts.
Early intervention if potential problems are picked up can save a great deal of money and disruption down the line.
Some of the issues that a home buyers’ drainage survey can pick up are:
- Cracked or broken pipes
- Poor installation with seepage from pipe joints
- Subsidence or collapse somewhere in the pipe network
- Tree root intrusions
- Blockages causing backed up sewage
- Infestation by pests such as rats
Whether it is mandatory or not for your particular property transaction, it is definitely a wise move to commission a pre-purchase or pre-sale drain survey by a professional, certified company like Simpsons Drainage Ltd. Forewarned is forearmed.