Surveyors must tell you about things like dry rot, insufficient support, poorly built extensions and subsidence so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to buy the house and if should you pay the asking price.
If your house survey was not adequate and you suffer a loss then our expert professional negligence solicitors can advise if you can claim from your surveyor for the loss in value of your home or, if less, the cost of making it right. This is the difference between what you paid and what you should have paid; it allows you to recover any loss you made paying over the odds.
You must be careful to ensure that you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible as you have a period of six years from the date of the survey to bring a claim against a surveyor.
If you have bought a house or are looking to buy a property you will have instructed a surveyor to undertake either a Homebuyer Report or a full survey.
Whilst there is often a great price difference between these it is always worth getting a full survey.
A full survey requires the surveyor to go over the structure and surface of the house to advise you of any problems.
A Homebuyer Report is only to reassure the bank that the house is worth enough for the mortgage you want. There can be issues with Homebuyer Reports where home buyers lose money due to surveyor negligence. In such cases it is necessary to look for legal advice in order to claim for the loss you made on your house.
The last thing you want when you move in is to notice problems with the property that the surveyor missed. If these are things the surveyor should have told you about then you may be able to claim against your surveyor for negligence.
Call our Professional Negligence Solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
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