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New Homeowner finds bomb under the stairs

Steve Jackson acted for a property developer client in the purchase of a property in Grimsby. Following completion, his client found a waist-high rocket bomb or shell together with ammunition in an under-stairs cupboard.

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The discovery by a client of ammunition and what looked like a rocket bomb or artillery shell under the stairs of a house he had just bought is a vivid, if extreme, example of why property buyers should thoroughly check potential purchases. Steve Jackson acted for a property developer client in the purchase of a property in Grimsby. Following completion, his client found a waist-high rocket bomb or shell together with ammunition in an under-stairs cupboard! it is not every day that people are likely to find live ordnance in their new homes but there can be many other nasty surprises in store for unwary property buyers. At the very least, home buyers should visit a property before completion and give it a thorough check, ensuring that (for example) appliances such as boilers are in working order. Given that buying a property is often the biggest financial commitment that many of us make in our lives, most people would be well advised to commission a professional to carry out a full survey. The surveyor should be able to spot and point out any major potential problems and, importantly, will carry professional indemnity insurance if they miss something they should have spotted. ​

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Why is a survey on the property I wish to buy so important?
In English law when a property is sold the principle of ‘Buyer Beware’ applies. The property is effectively ‘sold as seen’. For example, if the boiler breaks down the day after the sale is completed or if you find that the property suffers with rising damp, you will have to bear the cost.
Where can I find out more about surveys?
The RICS site explains the different survey options available to you and will direct you to a local RICS Surveyor. In certain areas we may be able to recommend a surveyor to you.
Is there anything else we need to do before the moving date?
When your legal adviser lets you know how much money they need to complete the purchase, you need to ensure that you let your legal adviser have money in cleared funds before the moving date. Otherwise you risk defaulting under the terms of the contract.

 

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