Kenyon Gough Chartered Surveyors

Three Bedroom | Level 2 HomeBuyer Report, Hale

altOne of our clients had fallen in love with a house in Hale.  They had been looking for their ideal home for a while and they loved the location of a 3 bedroomed semi-detached house, which had been extended at the rear of the property. 

The extension housed a large modern kitchen diner with patio doors to the back garden.  From their first viewing the client didn’t think there were any problems with the house and in the initial conversation said, ‘The house is in good condition so I’m not too sure that I even need a survey’. 

Our surveyor picked up on the following key issues:

  1. The house had suffered from subsidence and had been underpinned.
  2. The roof was reaching the end of its theoretical life expectancy and required repairs to spalled tiles in the short term and a full replacement in the medium term.
  3. The kitchen had not been professionally fitted which showed up when the kitchen units were closely inspected and doors did not catch shut properly and the design did not allow you to easily move between the sink, hob and fridge.
  4. The majority of the double glazed units had misted up and would need replacing.

Our client was initially concerned about the subsidence but it didn’t put them off the house.  Instead, for peace of mind, they acquired a Building Control Completion Certificate and the Certificate of Structural Adequacy, produced by a structural engineer, from the current owner.  They were satisfied the remedial work had been carried out to a good standard and that they would be able to get the appropriate house insurance.  Also, due to the condition of the roof our client was able to renegotiate the purchase price. The kitchen was not as modern or well installed as our client first thought and they realised there were some short-term repairs to be carried out.  However, overall they were happy to progress with purchasing the house knowing exactly what they were getting.

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Redhound Surveyors Ltd
Mottram House
43 Greek Street
Cheshire, SK3 8AX

07917 077592

LUCY GOUGH BA (Hons) AssocRICS, Director
07946 676746

We cover a large area of South Manchester and North Cheshire including: Alderley Edge, Altrincham, Bowden, Bramhall, Cheadle, Chorlton, Didsbury, Hale, The Heatons, Sale, West Didsbury, Wilmslow and everywhere in between...