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How to be a Smarter House Buyer

How To Be A Smarter House Buyer

One of Yorkshire’s top surveyors shares his tips, trade secrets and opinions in a book for buyers. Outspoken and highly qualified, Jon Charters-Reid is never short of sound advice or strong opinions on his specialised subject: Property.

It is no surprise that the former joiner and building site manager, who is now a chartered surveyor and chartered building engineer, has added “author” to his CV with his newly-published book “How to be a Smarter House Buyer”.

Although it is packed full of tips, it is not your usual buyers manual thanks to a rigorous examination of the housing market, which Jon believes is broken. “This is mainly due to the activities of the corporate world. Big business and national government have both contributed to a market that is overly complex, insufficiently regulated and that fails to work on a local level,” he says.

This book is available in hard copy or downloadable e-version, trust us, this will be the best £3.48 you have ever spent, converting that into actual ROI. As Jon states, this is a book for everybody, just take a look at the reviews below…..

5 Star Review

As a painter & decorator and been in the trade for almost 32 years, you tend to think you know a good bit to what there is in the housing market!! the do and donts in and outs!

It felt like he was one of those magicians giving the game away how it all works and steering us through it with his help!

The graphics fonts and type settings are great makes it a really easy read. This book has revelations we all should know so give it a go if your interested in house buying developing or first time buying it’s got to save you a few quid.

I’d love to contact the author if he’s bringing volume 2 out soon

5 Star Review

I am Estate Agent with 10 years experience. It is refreshing to read a common sense approach to buying and selling property.

I will be recommending that my clients read this book before putting their property on the market, or completing a property purchase.

5 Star Review

Bought this book when it was first published. It is very informative and very easy to read. The large text helps with this! Jon gives lots of information about the pitfalls of buying a property. It really helped me have more of an understanding of the whole process.

The book is also amusing to read.I particularly liked the part that referred to a roofer who was putting roof slates on a property the wrong way! I would recommend the book and Jons advice on property in general.

Why Get a Survey?

Getting a survey might get you a better deal on your property. Armed with all of the facts, you're in a better position to negotiate.

If there's previously unexpected damage to the property, the cost of repairs, for example, could be deducted from the original price point. As you can see, a survey is an essential part of saving money!

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A Schedule of Condition is a detailed and factual record of the condition of a property. The Schedule of Condition is usually prepared for contractual reasons to establish the condition of the property at a set date in time. This is most frequently used during the beginning of a lease agreement or for party wall agreements. This can be carried out on residential and commercial premises.

A Schedule of Condition can be requested by a landlord, tennant, employer, contractor or neighbour.

Having a Schedule of Condition completed by an independent expert provides verification of the property's condition. This is important in the event any party raises a claim or negotiation.

A Schedule of Condition is different from a Condition Survey. The Schedule of Condition is a record of a building's condition accompanied by descriptive annotations and photographs, usually appended to a legal document. A Condition Survey, however, is a document prepared to identify the condition of the building with the purpose of determining what works are required, if any.

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