Why is it a good idea to get a damp survey before buying a property?
Damp, mould and condensation can cause a number of problems in a property. Aside from the fact that it can cause deterioration in the brickwork, render or stonework, wood rot and foul smells, dampness can cause considerable damage to flooring, joists, roof timbers and even door frames and windows.
It is always a good option to have a damp survey carried out on a property you are about to exchange to ensure that your investment isn’t going to present some nasty surprises.
A Damp Survey will highlight any additional repair costs
Buying a home with damp problems can be a costly experience. The damp could affect timbers within the property, some of which you may not notice from having a viewing. If timber rot, wet rot or serious damp issues aren’t addressed it could cost you thousands of pounds. Having a damp survey will identify these issues and provide leverage for negotiating the price.
In situations where the damp is extensive, it may provide you with the information you need to make a more informed decision as to whether or not you should continue.
Damp can affect your health
Mould and dampness can have a detrimental impact on health. According to the NHS website. Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks.
Knowing now that damp and mould can affect your health and your property, makes the question, “Is a damp survey worth it” much easier to answer!
For more information on damp and mould issues or concerns, contact one of our advisors for professional friendly advice.