Suitable Properties

Detailed below are some examples of properties that are definitely not suitable and those that require further investigation.

Definitely not suitable

  • Properties without a suitable build warranty (hint: 10 years if new, balance of the original 10 years where relevant)
  • Architect-certified properties
  • One bedroom homes
  • Mobile homes or temporary structures
  • HMOs (houses in multiple occupation)
  • Properties with annexes (hint: a granny flat)
  • Properties with Japanese Knotweed
  • Properties that are not complete (hint: sold “as is”)
  • Properties that are underpinned or stated to be defective
  • Properties with agricultural use restrictions
  • Properties which are used for purposes other than as a residence
  • Properties that do not front onto an adopted road
  • Private water supply
  • Homes with no central heating

Further investigation required

  • If work has been done on the property, this may have needed planning permission, building control or other approvals (hint: these must be in place before we will purchase)
  • Structural movement (hint: not acceptable if significant or ongoing)
  • Roads, sewers and septic tanks (hint: the situation may be complex and vary with the individual property; we must establish what will be in place on completion of the purchase and this may not be clear at first sight)
  • Renewable energy systems such as solar panels or wind turbines (hint: these must be owned by the seller, not leased)
  • Listed buildings (hint: depends on situation – listed building consent must be in place before any alteration or extension work is done)
  • If the property is in a building which contains or is close to a commercial unit please contact us. Whether the property is acceptable will depend on whether the commercial unit affects the value of the property or your enjoyment of it.
  • If there is a retaining wall at the property, whether it will be acceptable to us will depend on who owns the wall and its state and condition.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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