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.
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.
For a local expert speak to A1 Plastering, 1 Sanderson Road, Hurworth, DL2 2AU Tel. 07814 729741 or 01325 789315
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
Damp in the attic has created issues for us in the past. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What does a home surveyor investigate during the survey?
This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Houses across County Durham can still be subject to roof maintenance problems, such as incorrectly applied waterproofing. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the trusses to the parapet walls. The RICS surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
The prospect of large bills for roofing jobs (such as loft insulation) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.
However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Contact Breward Roofing of 1 St Philips Close, Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8BD on 01388 661308 for details.