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BLOG: Buying a house? Who’s in your corner?

Has buying a house ever seemed like a frustrating or stressful process to you?

Where sellers have an estate agent on their side to represent their interests throughout the process, including marketing the property, negotiating the highest possible sale price, advising on the next steps, keeping to their desired timescales, advising what do if there is a problem etc, buyers don’t have anyone in a similar role.

The fact is that if you’re a buyer, you’re very much on your own.

You may have a mortgage adviser who will help you secure the money needed from a lender to complete the purchase. However, aside from this, their remit is very limited. You will also have a solicitor to undertake the conveyancing on the property you’re buying but they will almost never actually see the property and are only usually instructed once the sale itself has been agreed.

Outside of this, buyers are left to fend for themselves and don’t have anybody acting as an ‘agent’ on their behalf – somebody impartial that they can discuss things with and fully represent their interests from start to finish.

It’s no wonder then that people find buying a property such a stressful process. Buyers have to enter the minefield of purchasing a property without professional representation ‘in their corner’ – having to decide on an appropriate price, putting the offer in, negotiating the price themselves, and deciding what type of survey to get. Thereafter, they’ll often be left with minimal advice as to interpreting the surveyor’s report, deciding whether to chip the price, understanding the amount of repair work that is needed, arranging further checks on electrics and boilers, asbestos surveys…the list goes on.

It doesn’t have to be like this. As an independent practice of Chartered Surveyors, Lea Hough offer a more personal service than is offered by many corporate national firms. When you receive a survey or valuation report from us, the member of the team who conducted the survey or valuation is only a phone call away. We will make ourselves available to ensure you understand all of the report’s contents, also offering you further advice you may need so you can be clear what step to take next. Should you require us to prepare any further reports, or evidence to renegotiate on price, we can provide these services.

Furthermore, if you decide to proceed with the purchase, our team can also help with assessing the feasibility of alteration / extension works. Then once the sale is complete, we can handle the design and do the drawings, submit planning applications and manage building works.

It is also worth remembering that any advice we offer is truly impartial as our fee it isn’t dependent on whether or not the sale goes through.

Buying a property often signals moving on to the next stage in life and in the most part, should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Yet for so many buyers, the stress experienced along the way detracts from this. The team at Lea Hough will do our very best to smooth the stress of the process from our part. We want you to be confident that you have made the right decision and ultimately be happy with your property purchase – so we will always go out of our way to provide the best service we can.

For more information about our residential property services, including RICS Homebuyer Report, Building Survey Report or Valuation Report, please contact us.

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"I have read your report again and I appreciate the level of detail and the effort you have gone to in surveying the property - thank you. You’re looking at properties every day and you know what you’re looking for – so you’ve seen things that I would never have spotted. You have opened my eyes on numerous defects on this property and am seriously thinking about leaving the idea of buying. The report was money wells spent!"

Guido Staffa, GS Tiling Contractors Ltd.