Home Buyers Survey County Durham
Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham
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Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in County Durham and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.
If the County Durham property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to make alterations on the County Durham property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the County Durham property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice you can get an instant County Durham Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
My partner and I are purchasing an older converted barn in County Durham. What effect will the structure's box frame structure have on maintenance?
Older construction methods and materials can create difficulties for an owner, and County Durham property built with traditional methods can be a chore to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced.
Will bugs affect the purchase price of a home - How do we investigate further?
County Durham properties are generally free of pests, but it is inadvisable to risk buying without more information if you have suspicions. Evidence may not be easy to find. For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include destruction of tainted materials. If you strongly suspect an issue with woodworm, or any pest, speak to your County Durham surveyor
What should we be aware of when buying a house proximate to Hill Top Quarry and landfill sites generally
Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. industrial refuse. Thousands of sites affect many thousands of people in the UK including County Durham. Risks might include structurally instability. Potential health concerns such as gut problems have been linked to landfill sites .
Surveyors in County Durham will note structural issues connected with the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as County Durham Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .