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.
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
I am purchasing a flat close to Castle Steads Camp , will this affect the property's value?
Castle Steads Camp is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Monuments of local importance can certainly increase the desirability of an area. A surveyor will consider all regional factors when carrying out the home buyers survey in County Durham. Visit the English Heritage website for more information on Castle Steads Camp.
What will the Chartered Surveyor look out for on a stipple rendered (stucco) regency semi detached home in County Durham.
Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a sort of flat finish render. Usually it is layered over brick to form a smooth and even finish. The coating is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Georgian properties. It can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and County Durham Home Buyers Suveys can report defects such as trapped water resulting in damp problems. Other issues could involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Resolving problems can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.
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