When you purchase a new property, you might get a building inspection. A building inspection gives you a rundown of your property, looking for any structural issues and problems in the home that may require work. This is performed by a builder and therefore, potential plumbing issues may be missed.
What is a pre-purchase plumbing report?
A pre-purchase plumbing report takes a more detailed look at the plumbing of the home. A pre-purchase plumbing report is undertaken by an experienced plumper, which means you’ll have a comprehensive review of the property and will cover the pre-existing plumbing problems that may be missed in a building inspection. If you’re looking for a property to purchase, then you need to know all of the costs, issues and traits your potential new home has, especially with an expensive aspect; the plumbing.
Why choose a pre-purchase plumbing report?
Builders might check if toilets flush or taps turn on and off, but they are unlikely to give you a full cost analysis of any plumbing repairs that need doing. Missing these off can end up costing you more in future.
By identifying the problems before you sign the purchasing completion papers, the current homeowner’s insurance can cover the costs of repairs, and you are the not responsible for meeting the fee when you move in. Therefore, the best way to avoid being caught out is to get a plumbing report done before buying your new property.
Remember, a builder is not qualified to know all the plumbing aspects of a property, whereas a plumber will know all of the ins and outs of the total plumbing system.
What does it involve?
By getting an experienced plumber in to carry out the inspection, they can determine if there are any issues that will need to be dealt with. Depending on your property, plumbers will undertake the most appropriate surveying techniques.
One surveying method a plumber may suggest and undertake is a CCTV survey. A CCTV survey of drains to get a full picture of the whole system. A CCTV survey is relatively quick and non-invasive as a technique, and DVD recordings can help provide proof of the problems.
How do you get one?
At ASAP Plumbers we strongly recommend undertaking a pre-purchase plumbing inspection as we know how expensive it can be to repair the plumbing in a new home, especially after a costly house purchase.
There are specialist companies in the UK that are qualified to provide a pre-purchase plumbing survey. At ASAP Plumbers, we have a team of skilled plumbers who have extensive experience in property plumbing inspections and will conduct a full and thorough plumbing inspection to help provide you with a comprehensive review of the property, so you know the issues and costs before you’ve signed for the property.
If you’d like to arrange a pre-purchase plumbing inspection at a time that’s convenient for you, then get in touch by calling us on 020 3441 6626 or fill out our contact form.