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Know before you buy!


Congratulations! You’ve found your dream home in London. Amidst the excitement of new beginnings, please don’t overlook the importance of a thorough inspection, especially regarding the hidden world behind the walls: the house and plumbing or heating system. An unexpected problem can quickly drain your wallet and turn your dream home into a stressful renovation project.

This is where a pre-purchase survey from a qualified professional, like MML Plumbing, becomes an invaluable investment.

What to expect from a plumbing survey

The inspection takes around 1-3 hours. ( depends on the size of the property.) They include the following properties: The plumbing survey will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. During the inspection, the gas-safe registered plumber provides a detailed assessment of the plumbing system in each bathroom, shower room, wet room, toilet, water pressure, heating systems, and essential components such as water heater, cloakroom or kitchen. Each survey includes information and a professional opinion on recommended work and the current state of the system. Following the inspection, we’ll provide you with a detailed report supported by photos or videos.

Finally, if required, a quote for any recommended work will be provided. The central heating and boiler report and inspection including the visual survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. During the inspection, the gas-safe registered heating and boiler engineer provides a detailed assessment of the central heating in each room and the boiler itself. Each report includes information and professional opinions on recommended works, the current state of the boiler, and central heating. Following the inspection, we’ll provide you with a detailed report supported by photos. Finally, if required, a quote for any recommended work will be provided.

*excluded services: CCTV drain survey, structural issues and damping.

Benefits of the Inspection and Report

The plumbing survey can help with the heating and plumbing needs of a customer. 

Financial Clarity:

Gain insight into potential repair or replacement costs upfront, empowering you to negotiate with confidence and avoid unexpected expenses before buying.

Risk Mitigation:

Identify hidden plumbing, heating, or boiler issues before committing to buying a house or property, minimising the risk of costly surprises and future disruptions.

Informed Decision-Making:

Armed with detailed inspection reports, make informed choices about property investments, prioritising your safety, comfort, and financial well-being.

Negotiating Power:

Leverage identified issues in negotiations with sellers, potentially securing price reductions or necessary repairs to align the purchase price with your budget and expectations.

Long-Term Investment Protection:

Safeguard your investment by addressing potential concerns early, ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your home systems.

Peace of mind:

Enjoy the assurance of a thorough assessment by qualified professionals, knowing that your future home is equipped with a robust and reliable infrastructure.

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What does a pre-purchase plumbing survey cover?

Imagine moving into your new home only to discover a hidden leak causing extensive water damage to your new house or a failing boiler that leaves you shivering in the winter. A plumbing inspection proactively identifies potential problems before they become major headaches (and expenses).

  1. Plumbing system evaluation
  2. Heating system inspection
  3. Boiler assessment
  4. External leak detection
  5. Water pressure examination
  6. Fixture inspection (e.g., faucets, toilets)
  7. Thermostat assessment and many more.

The Money-Saving Power of a Pre-Purchase Plumbing Survey

While the upfront cost of the plumbing survey might seem like an additional expense, it can be a lifesaver in the long run. Here’s how:

Avoid costly repairs and surprises: unforeseen plumbing problems can come with hefty repair bills. The report and inspection help you factor in potential repair costs when negotiating the property’s price.

Peace of Mind for Budgeting: Knowing the condition of the system allows you to budget for potential repairs or replacements upfront, avoiding unexpected financial strain after closing the deal.

Informed Investment: A report empowers you to make informed decisions about the property. You can weigh the potential plumbing costs against the overall value of the home.

Bargaining Power: The report can be a valuable insight used as leverage during negotiations with the seller, especially if it identifies significant plumbing issues needing repair.

Plumbing Inspection

A plumbing inspection is a vital process that evaluates the condition and functionality of a property’s plumbing system. Conducted by qualified professionals, this inspection involves a comprehensive assessment of various components, including pipes, fixtures, water heaters, and drainage systems. Plumbing inspections are crucial for identifying potential issues such as leaks, clogs, corrosion, or faulty installations that could lead to water damage, mould growth, or inefficient operation. By detecting problems early on, homeowners can address them promptly, avoiding costly repairs and ensuring the optimal performance and longevity of their plumbing infrastructure.

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Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection

A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is an essential step in the home-buying process, providing prospective buyers with valuable insights into the condition of a property’s plumbing system. This inspection is typically arranged before finalizing the purchase agreement and involves a thorough evaluation of the plumbing infrastructure by certified plumbers or inspection professionals. During the inspection, experts examine all aspects of the plumbing system, from pipes and fixtures to water pressure and drainage, to identify any existing issues or potential concerns. By obtaining a detailed report on the plumbing system’s condition, buyers can make informed decisions about their investment, negotiate effectively with sellers, and avoid unexpected plumbing expenses after closing the deal. Ultimately, a pre-purchase plumbing inspection offers peace of mind and financial protection by ensuring that buyers are aware of the property’s plumbing condition and any associated repair or maintenance needs.

Beyond Pre-Purchase Surveys: Your One-Stop Shop for All Your Plumbing Needs

MML Plumbing is more than just pre-purchase surveys! We offer a wide range of plumbing services to keep your London home’s plumbing system functioning smoothly, saving you money in the long run.

    • Boiler Installations and Servicing: Our experts can help you choose the right boiler for your needs and budget, handle installation efficiently, and provide regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
    • Leak Detection and Repair: We use advanced tools to locate hidden leaks quickly and efficiently, minimising the damage and repair costs.
    • Bathroom and Kitchen Refurbishments: Our experienced plumbers can handle all the plumbing aspects of your bathroom or kitchen renovation, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience.
    • Commercial and domestic plumbing and heating services. This includes anything you can think of when it comes to plumbing inspection, repair work, maintenance or installations.
    • Domestic gas services, such as gas cookers and hob installations. CP12, annual boiler service and many more.

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How much does a pre-purchase plumbing survey cost?

The cost of the plumbing survey can vary depending on the size and complexity of the property. However, at MML Plumbing, we offer competitive rates to ensure your investment is accessible and carried out by plumbing specialists.

What is a plumbing survey?

A plumbing survey is a detailed assessment of a property’s plumbing system, conducted by qualified professionals. It involves inspecting pipes, fixtures, and other components to identify potential issues or areas in need of maintenance or repair. And many more.

What is a pre-purchase survey?

A pre-purchase survey is an inspection carried out before buying a property to assess its overall condition. It includes examinations of various systems, such as plumbing, heating, boiler, and more, aiming to uncover any potential problems or defects.

Why is a plumber important?

Plumbers are essential for installing, maintaining, and repairing plumbing systems in homes, businesses, commercial properties, and public infrastructure. They ensure the proper functioning of water supply, drainage, heating, and sanitation systems, contributing to health, safety, and comfort.

What is the use of plumbing?

Plumbing is crucial for providing a clean water supply, removing wastewater, and maintaining hygiene in homes, buildings, and communities. It enables essential functions such as bathing, cooking, sanitation, and heating, promoting health and well-being.