Rat and Mice Infestation

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Rat and mice infestation: rats and mice are very common in the UK, can easily live in most houses and they can reproduce many times throughout the year (mice - 10 times, rats - 15 times). As they grow in population, they can gnaw through wood, pipes, wires and other structures, leaving vast amounts of droppings as they do so. Rats are also known to spread diseases such as Weil's disease through their urine, which can be fatal.

If you are buying a house, booking a home buyers survey is a good way to find out if your property has rat and mice infestation - your RICS surveyor has training and years of experience in noticing any tell-tale signs.

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How much can rat and mice infestation cost to remedy?

Professional fees for dealing with rat and mice infestation can cost as much as £500 or more if repeat visits are required. The cost of repairing structural damage - including replacing damaged furniture, clothes and textiles - can be much more, possibly many £1,000s.

If a surveyor finds evidence of rat or mice infestation, the buyer can demand, on average, a 9% reduction in asking price; for an averagely priced property in the UK, this is equivalent to £20,000 and upwards.

A valuer who finds evidence of rat and mice infestation might advise a lender to insist on a specialist report as a condition of the mortgage. A retention can be put on the loan until eradication work is carried out and verified.

What can I do to remedy it?

Speak to us about hiring a rodent eradication specialist. They can then advise you on the best course of action to take.

Need advice on rat and mice infestation? Call 0333 344 3234 or email us at help@samconveyancing.co.uk

*RICS Surveyors – Local Knowledge – Same Week Availability
Want help now? Call us on 0333 344 3234 (local call charges apply)

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