February 17, 2014

How to Buy a Flood Proof Home and Avoid Flood Damage

This post was written by: Aston Bond Law Firm

The flooding disaster across the country at the moment is devastating lives, destroying properties and testing local communities to the extreme.  Many people believed that their properties would be safe from river flooding but instead many are being affected by ground water levels rising above the surface of the land.

When purchasing a property, there are certain steps you can take to assess whether the house is built on land that has a risk of flooding.  An environmental search, which is mandatory when obtaining a mortgage, will identify the initial issue of flooding and will suggest whether it is necessary to carry out further searches.  A specific flood search can be carried out which identifies multiple causes of flooding within a certain number of years, and the risk of any flooding occurring in the future.

Many local council websites contain a plethora of information on an area, so it is always helpful to look there for any information too.  Even looking at an ordinance survey map of the local area can reveal whether the property is situated on flat land or on higher ground.

Global warming may be a truth or a myth, but our planet does appear to be rising in temperature which in turn is causing sea levels to rise.  In a world where flooding is becoming a major issue for all, researching flood risk is now becoming essential when looking to buy a property.

Aston Bond’s conveyancing solicitors in Slough can help you make the right decisions when trying to buy a property that may be affected. Our conveyancing solicitors assist clients across England and Wales including Windsor, Datchet and along the Thames Valley.

For more information on how our solicitors can assist you please call us on 01753 486 777 or email info@astonbond.co.uk.

Francesca Shaw, Conveyancing Assistant


Aston Bond’s solicitors in Slough specialise in conveyancing. If your buying or selling a property please contact our specialist conveyancing solicitors by emailing info@astonbond.co.uk or calling 01753 486 777. Alternatively, you can visit our offices at 135 High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1DN.