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 0845 519 9589 to speak to a member of our team.
The vendor has mentioned that there could be asbestos cement sheets at the building. What are the issues with asbestos and will this be a hazard?
Buildings constructed prior to the eighties might contain some asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a noxious silicate material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials such as toilet cistern. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful
characteristic heat resistance qualities and it may be found in textured coatings. It is mainly found in South Africa.
All forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.
Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to displace the asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. Professional removal of asbestos is costly but absolutely must be conducted by professionals. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos during the survey. They will mention potential asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.
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.
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.