Caveat Emptor

This is the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made; “caveat emptor still applies when you buy property”.

Buying property is likely to be one on the most expensive purchases you ever make. Can you tell if there has been a cover up? You need to know as much about the building before you buy it, so having a survey could save you thousands of pounds in costly repair bills.

Buying a listed building adds in another risk. Were the repairs and alterations carried out before or after the building was first “listed”? Was listed building consent obtained for extensive repairs and all alterations? If the work was completed without consent, this is a criminal offence which passes with the title. The non-compliant work may have to be reversed. Remediation costs may be very high and are in addition to the repair costs. What is the total financial risk?

Our specialist listed building surveys provide the answers.