Sep 25,2012
Barty Sinclair
By: 'EDB Glasgow'
Sep 25,2012
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Overall would not recommend this surveyor.. In the current property market not easy to sell/buy houses and in my opinion the choice of language used within the home report was nothing short of protectionism in case of any comeback. While appreciate that this is now common in surveying reports the language used hindered the sale of our property unfairly when compared to reports on similar houses.

For example when selling a period proprerty that is over 100 years there is some evidence of structural movement. The surveyor takes it upon himself to "educate" anyone reading the report as to seasonal shifts in buildings due to teh weather, gravity etc and that cracks will apear that will require decoration. Any other home report would simply read that "movement in properties of this ageis common place, is long standing and non progressive" or something similar instead of war and peace! This long winded approach cost us as we accepted an offer on our house for the full value within two weeks of the property going on sale only for the purchaser to withdraw beecause of concerns of subsidence becuase of the warning of cracks in the home report. In fairness I diod go back to the surveyors after the withdrawal and they inserted that teh movement was non progressive......the horse had already bolted!

We were marked down becuase the original stained glass was not saftey glass again over zealous in my opinion.

Finally and most annoying of all, it is stated in the additional report attached to teh survey that there was not demand for rental of properties of this kind in this area which is factualy incorrect. It is this that has prompted me to write this review as it actually put the purchaser of our property (buy to let) off as they are not from the area. We are still in contact with teh purchasers and when our property did go on the rental market...four viewers in teh fiorst morning, four people wanteing to rent the property! This caused them to delay in making an offer which for personal circumstances had an impact on us.

Sour grapes...well yes perhaps and I should have checked teh home report more closely. My wife was pregnanet at the time of the move and the added hassle caused by the home report meant that our move was postponed till after the arrival of our seciond child, moving with a new born is not a great experience! The house that we had wanted to buy was no longer available.

All in there are plenty of surveyors and using someone else may be a better option.
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