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.
Does a RICS surveyor check out the safety of the gas appliances?
A RICS surveyor will locate and visually check out any easily accessible parts of the system. The survey will include the location of the meter for instance, in addition to gas affiliated installations e.g. fixed external ventilation hearths. If there are any gas fittings they won't actually be taken off. The system won't be tested. Most people are aware that gas can be deadly and if there are any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.
Gas Safe firms in County Durham include Eric Barrass of 54, Chaucer Drive, Crook, County Durham Tel. 07988893482 and Heat Care of 28 Cooperative Terrace, Stanley, Crook, County Durham Tel. 07964 139406.
The regulations stipulate that all landlords have to conduct appliance and installation inspections yearly and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment .
Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and what will it include?
A Homebuyer Report in County Durham will include an independent valuation and also a reinstatement cost. To work out an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will call upon in depth understanding of the County Durham market and other factors relating to the property e.g. size Surveyors also evaluate construction methods and make certain other assumptions such as no significant problems.
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
Additional local area assumptions like the property being insurable, are made as well as any significant local environmental concerns like local mining issues, which are also considered as part of the valuation.
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.