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.
I am going to buy a house in County Durham. What things will a surveyor consider when carrying out a RICS valuation ?
There are a huge number of issues which could positively or negatively affect property values from the general economy to whether the property is listed. .
The most reliable way for home buyers to get an accurate and professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as part of the service. Your RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).
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.
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.