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.
When I was shown the mid-century home I am meaning to purchase it appeared that there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox, does a the County Durham surveyor report on electrical defects?
When preparing a County Durham Home Buyers Survey your surveyor should report on the electrical system if it appears that they are in a hazardous state of repair. This will include a by sight (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection view of any uncovered areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as potential areas for concern such as whether there is an off-peak /on-peak mains supply.
Confirming the existence of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in County Durham. Inspecting any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by an electrician should usually form part of the survey in County Durham .
The IEE advise that a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition is carried out every 10 years (5 if letting out). We recommend you always get local guidance from a certified electrician call D & S Developments , 23 Sandringham Rd, Crook, DL15 9DH .
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
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 .