The coronavirus pandemic has affected absolutely every aspect of our lives in 2020, from our mental health to the economy. The months of uncertainty and lockdown have had a huge effect on every aspect of the world and national economy, from retail and hospitality to the housing market.
The UK government has made numerous decisions to try and give varying sectors a shot in the arm to help them recover. The housing market was one of these sectors, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak having brought in the temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland.
That means that buyers could save as much as £15,000 on stamp duty, with the average bill falling by around £4,500! It sounds fantastic for house buyers, with predictions that nine out of ten people buying during this time will pay no stamp duty. But it won’t last forever, with the measures only running until March 31st next year in an effort to prop up the flagging property market.
It can be tempting to rush through any purchase and get yourself on the property ladder as quickly as possible, but you should take your time and make sure everything is right — despite the savings, buying a house is undoubtedly the biggest financial commitment you’re ever likely to make.
Make sure you have a survey
Whether you’ve bought a house before or not, you’ve likely heard the term survey when it comes to home purchases; in essence, these expert inspections reveal a property’s condition and identifies any problems for a prospective buyer. It helps avoid any potential headaches down the line — and it should be extended to your drains and pipework too.
A normal RICS survey will focus on the property itself — the walls, ceilings, damp and structural issues. It can even cover boundaries and loft spaces and windows. Yet the drain survey picks up where the normal survey ends and gives the ability to see inside the property’s drainage system and identify any issues that would not normally be visible before you commit to the purchase.
CCTV drain surveys are great for this and discovering and diagnosing problems in drainage systems. Whatever the drainage problem might be, from something truly disruptive like water failing to go down the sink or something less severe like a slightly slower flow than normal, the root cause will be something you’ll want to identify before you buy your new home. Ultimately, it could save you a huge amount of money, time and stress in the long run.
So what exactly is a CCTV drainage survey?
A small high-quality camera is mounted on the end of a long, thin cable. The cable is fed down into the pipes and the camera sends images back up the cable to a monitor, which allows our drainage specialists to locate and identify any blockage or problems.
They can be used to give you a full assessment of the drains of a property pre-purchase and are suitable for homebuyer reports. Clear-flow also have a history of working with many estate agents and surveyors in the South West.
Clear-flow are experts in identifying the cause behind your drainage problems and unblocking drains. If you are considering a drain survey for a house purchase or need some advice on your drainage, call us on 0800 317 082.