Originally Posted by FutureGuy
Thanks for the reply. Apologies if I’m missing something but how is an engineer going to know if the electrics are needing replacing or the plumbing/heating is up to standard.
Why are so many other people here calling it out as a red flag?
Have we done things in a terrible order or something?
It’s not the engineers job to do that.
Or surveyors for that matter. You are buying a property from a particular period. The standard of the build is to that period. If you don’t like that, you don’t buy. The house doesn’t have to be up to any greater standard than the standards in place at the time of construction.
Are purchase survey is to highlight any possible issues, areas to which you can upgrade in the future or areas of concern at the moment.
If I point out cracking in a table wall, I recommend an engineers inspection and tell tail placement to monitor the cracks, but that takes a period of 2-3 months to rule out the risk of structural cracking or seasonal cracking.
If the vendors don’t allow that then you as the purchaser have to make the decision whether to buy or not.
Same goes for the plumbing. If it’s a 90’s built house, then you expect 90’s plumbing. If it requires updating, you factor that into your offer and decide to buy or not.