Home Buyers Survey County Durham
Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham
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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. 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.
A home we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a County Durham Home Survey look into this?
If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a County Durham house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
We're planning to buy in County Durham. Is there a flood risk, and will the County Durham surveyor check for possible flood damage?
Soil-clogged drainage, rain and overflowing steams can cause flood damage, and house buyers and owners are understandably concerned. It is strongly recommended that precautions are taken, before flooding occurs. Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a County Durham property, such as via incorrectly fitted window frames. Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect County Durham property enables the residential surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. Also included on Environment Agency's flood danger alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.