Construction expert when buying a house
As a buyer, you should use a construction expert to have your own review of the property done and to have the damage detailed in the condition report. A construction expert works under a principle of impartiality, which means, among other things, that it must not be the same construction expert who made the condition report which reviews the house for the buyer.
What is a construction expert?
The title of construction expert is a designation issued by the Danish Safety Technology Authorities.
It requires, among other things, five years of relevant experience and education as either a building designer, architect, or engineer. In addition, all construction experts have undergone and passed a course in the house inspection scheme to ensure that they carry out their inspections according to a common framework.
In other words, the designation guarantees that the construction expert possesses not only education but also relevant experience and practical knowledge of construction and damage.
Find a construction expert with Bomae
When you choose to include a construction expert in your buyer advice, your advisor at Bomae arranges the review.
Therefore, you don't have to do anything other than sitting back and enjoy the ease and excitement of buying your dream home.
After the construction expert has inspected your home and reviewed the condition report, we will return the findings to you so that you are fully informed about what you are getting into if you buy the home. Our construction expert's review of the house will also be used in the negotiation process with the estate agent.
Any errors and damages will be turned into financial benefits for you through price reductions. Read on below to get an insight into the contents of the condition report and why it pays – literally – to get expert buying advice when you want to buy a home.
Examples of damage according to the scale.
An example of K1 damage can be of an aesthetic nature, such as minor cracks and dents in the wallpaper. These are not serious injuries, but they can damper the joy of living in the house.
A K2 injury can be, e.g. punctured double-glazed windows. Punctured double-glazed windows do not immediately cause problems in other parts of the home, but they can contribute to creating a bad indoor climate.
Examples of K3 damage can be loose tiles in the bathroom or holes in the roof - both can cause significant moisture problems if they are not taken care of in time. When you look at the damages in the condition report, assessing them may be more appropriate based on what it will cost to have them repaired and not what designation they have been given. Because even though K3 damages are the more critical according to the rating scale, they are not necessarily more expensive to repair. If you bring your construction expert into the picture, you can be sure to get an overview of the costs of various repairs.
Pay particular attention to UN damage.
An injury can also be marked as UN. This applies if it cannot be placed in either K0, K1, K2 or K3, but the construction expert recommends that the relationship be investigated further. As a buyer, you must pay particular attention to UN damages because a change of ownership insurance does not generally cover errors and injuries that should have been clarified before the purchase agreement was signed. A UN damage can cover severe damage, and if you buy the home without investigating the injury further, you, the buyer, bear the risk.
Read the house type description carefully
A condition report also contains a general description of the house type. This is to set a standard for what expectations you as a buyer should have of certain house types. This section is crucial because it tells you what damages you can expect to experience in your selected home. The condition insurance does not cover expected wear and tear, which is almost a natural consequence as the home ages.