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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER On your marks, get set...


bake! Yes it’s that time of the year again - The Great British Bake Off is back! I was primed in front of the TV, cuppa in hand on Tuesday night ready for series 10 of GBBO - my other half was given strict instructions not to talk unless the adverts were on. (Sorry Graham!)


It got me thinking about those cosy nights by the fire… the heatwave is over and autumn looks like it’s on the way (it’s currently raining!) But what if the fire hadn’t have worked when I first moved in? Or more importantly the boiler?


There are so many things in a property that could potentially be defective, from the structural stability of the property, to the boiler, the oven that has been kindly left by the seller, the septic tank that serves the property or the fireplace and flue.


When buying a house you should bear in mind the phrase “caveat emptor”- Latin for “let the buyer beware”. When buying a property the onus is on the buyer to make sure that they are satisfied with the property. I would therefore recommend the following steps:


• Consider obtaining a Home Buyers Report which will spotlight urgent matters that could have a substantial effect on the value of the property and need attending to or further investigation.


• If any issues arise within the Home Buyers Report, consider obtaining quotes/ reports for the works needed.


• Look into obtaining Gas Safety Certificates and/or Electrical Certificates for all gas and electric appliances in the property.


• Ask whether the seller has an up-to-date boiler service for the boiler. If the seller doesn’t have one or is not willing to obtain one, you may wish to obtain one yourself.


• If the property has any unusual features, such as being served by a septic tank, consider having an expert to check whether the apparatus complies with any current regulations and whether it is in good working condition.


Right I’m off to try my hand at a genoise sponge… wish me luck!


Emma Williams Solicitor


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