A common question put to conveyancers by purchasers, is whether searches are necessary, they can be costly and time consuming.  Often purchasers wish to get the purchase through and at the least cost.  It understandable, buying a house is expensive business.  A case in the news this weeks shows, yet again, the importance of searches.  When buying a house the onus is on the buyer to make sure they make the necessary searches and enquiries, the maxim is 'buyer beware' buyers must buy with caution and only after they have satisfied themselves that they truely know what they are buying.  The recent case shows a mining shaft opening up in a back garden and a garage falling in.  The case shows the importance of ensuring searches are done before you buy property.   If you do find out before you purchase a property that the land may be subject to historic mines, then steps can be taken to ensure appropriate insurance is in place or you can choose to buy elsewhere.  A ground stability search will set you back £30-£35.  Compare this to the cost of your property falling into a big hole and the maths is pretty simple.