Protect your investment: for home buyers, property investors and landlords
Investing in a new home, whatever type of property you’re buying, is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.
Although it is now a requirement that anyone selling a home has an energy performance certificate (EPC) and valuation report for the property, these will not identify any potential problems with existing insulation. You can pay as much as £900 (as at January 2016) for these reports, yet neither of them include an inspection of the property’s cavities.
A serious problem hiding in the walls
Insulation that is old, damaged or that has been poorly installed can all cause cold spots and allow damp to penetrate. However, these problems can take years to show up. In the meantime, the house is silently losing heat and the problems are growing.
So a visual inspection alone cannot determine if a house has suitable insulation and is not at risk from penetrating damp. To do this you need to:
- Look inside the cavity to check the quality of the insulation
- Look inside the cavity to check for voids
- Check for adequate ventilation
- Check the condition of the flue
The survey for an EPC or property valuation report does not include these checks. Ours does.
Are you in a high exposure area?
There is a greater risk of a problem with home insulation if the property is in a high exposure area.
High exposure areas are measured by the level of exposure a property has to wind driven rain
Find out if the home you’d like to buy is in a high exposure area
Buy with confidence
Under our Check Before You Buy service, we’ll inspect the condition of the insulation in the property you’re interested in buying.
This will identify any necessary remediation works and give you the information you need to decide whether or not to make an offer – and crucially what that offer should be.
Hopefully it will allow you to buy the home your heart is set on, confident in the knowledge that it’s free from any long-term problems caused by penetrating damp.