The coronavirus pandemic has had a hugely detrimental effect on many industries and sectors of the UK’s economy, but one area that has bounced back strongly, thanks to help from the government, is the property sector.
While other industries have wilted, house prices are now 5.5% higher than they were just a year ago. Part of that is due to a “mini boom” in demand once the market reopened, while the temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland, has also played a huge part in stimulating the market.
Since the nationwide lockdown was lifted, estate agents have been busy showing clients around potential new homes, with queues of potential buyers for many of the properties on the market. If you’re one of those agents, you no doubt have been met with customers who would love to rush through their purchase as quickly as possible, but you should be recommending they take their time to make sure everything is right.
Encourage your clients to get a survey
Everyone going through a house purchase should know what a survey is, though many may underestimate the importance of these expert inspections. Many clients see it as just jumping through hoops to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, but it is important that your clients are aware of any potential problems with a property before they complete a purchase.
Yet there’s often an area of the property that most people are unaware is largely left off an ordinary RICS survey. A property’s drainage, including the condition of pipework and outside drains are usually left off such a survey. A drainage survey gives buyers the ability to literally see inside a property’s drainage system and identify any problems that might have otherwise been missed.
Whether a problem is big or small, be it water draining slowly down a bathroom plughole to something more disruptive and problematic, the root cause will be something buyers will want to have identified before proceeding with a purchase.
Having a drainage survey may well save them a huge amount of money, time and stress in the long run, during a time that is already stressful enough!
What exactly is a CCTV drainage survey?
A small high-quality camera is mounted on the end of a long, thin cable and fed down into the pipes of a property. The camera sends images back up the cable to a monitor, which allows Clear-flow’s drainage specialists to locate and identify 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 have a client who is considering a drainage survey for a house purchase, or you have a client who needs some advice on their drainage, call us on 0800 317 082.