Increasingly when purchasing a property surveyors recommend that buyers employ a Gas Safe engineer to inspect the gas appliances at the property before completing the purchase. We go one step further and offer a home buyer survey. This would involve:-
- Reporting on the condition of the appliances installed at the property.
- Reporting on the approximate age and condition of the existing heating system
- Condition of the gas meter and pipe work installation.
- Condition of the existing hot water installation including cylinder, pumps and valves
- The approximate age and condition of/or the lack of controls for the system
Our reports will also inform you of any recommendations for replacement or repair in the future including estimated costs to carry out the work.
It is an expensive additional cost to find a system not working correctly or even the need for a new appliance due to age and condition shortly after taking possession of a property, especially if it has not been accounted for within your budget. Most surveyors reports will point out that the “central heating system is unchecked” – this is because in the eyes of gas safety regulations surveyors are not classed as “competent” persons.
You must be a Gas Safe registered engineer with the relevant qualifications to perform the tests required to issue the buyer with an accurate report regarding the heating and gas installation.