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.
What should we be aware of when buying a house proximate to Hill Top Quarry and landfill sites generally
Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. industrial refuse. Thousands of sites affect many thousands of people in the UK including County Durham. Risks might include
structurally instability. Potential health concerns such as gut problems have been linked to landfill sites .
Surveyors in County Durham will note structural issues connected with the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as County Durham Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .
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.
What effect should rain have on a County Durham building? Could it affect the property value?
The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact wet conditions can have on a house is ignored. If you have investigated the home in good weather, obvious defects may be harder to find.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply.