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Congratulations. You see some of us surveyors have to know that kind of thing. Its only valuers and Building Society numpties who recommend that the roof, walls, floor, damp, woodworm, electrics, heating ow and the rest of the house should be inspected by an expert and er that will be £600 please.

Proper Independant Chartered Building Surveyors do a proper job.
 
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From the BBC today:
The introduction of Home Information Packs is to be delayed until August - when they will be brought in for sales of four-bedroom properties.

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So Estate Agents will have to revise their usual sales BS of making the house bigger than it really is by calling the study an extra bedroom and starting calling bedrooms something else to get the deal.

You can just see it - no madam you'll have to move all the beds to the garage and call this a two bedroom house with two study's.
 

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One very minor and small point.

The Home Condition Report is Optional.

Im one of the said criticised RICS bods. Im fully in favour of the HIP's, but heres the reality.

People want information for nothing. Nobody is going to have a survey report prepared on their house when they are selling it when that survey is optional. Would you pay to have someone potentially tell a buyer about the faults and defects in your house when you want to sell, pushing down the price or making it unsaleable.

The street gossip being ow dont buy number 40 its got woodworm. So what its costs next to next to solve it.

Until the HCR is mandatory its a complete red herring.

I also agree that 90% of RICS Valuers dont know jack about property defects. They dont need to. When getting a survey get one from an independent RICS Chartered Building Surveyor. Ask to see an example of a previous report so you can see if they just recommend other poeple. A good surveyor wont mind being asked about what they are going to provide and email delivers this information whilst your talking to him on the phone. Buy on what your getting not how cheap the fee is.

Finally anyone charging £600 for a Homebuyers report is ripping you off unless your buying an expensive property of course.

Finally I say again Im fully in favour of HIPs but the Government hasnt the balls to implement it properly.

Oops this has turned into a minor rant now .
 
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