Home Buyers Survey 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.
Can we get Flemish bond advice for the house in County Durham we are buying? What impact do County Durham environmental conditions have?
Brick residences be subject to various issues and defects. For instance, frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely and should be taken very seriously. SJL Brickwork at Unit 117i Wearfield Business & Innovation Centre, Sunderland Enterprise Pk, Sunderland, SR5 2TA should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 0191-516 6806.
A great deal of variety, both in appearance and manufacture of brick building feature in construction throughout County Durham. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. .
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
We are planning to buy a home and the vendor has informed us that it has been built with Portland stone. What should we look in to, and what does the survey cover?
External wall maintenance is essential to the health of County Durham buildings. Defects such as deteriorating bedding affect many stone-walled County Durham buildings. Stone quarried in the area is common to local County Durham buildings, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the use of this declined with the introduction of cement. These walls will need frequent upkeep.
Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.
Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Todhills Brickworks Quarry, Todhills Brickworks, Newfield, Newfield, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 8BA for details. Call 01388 604071 for more information.