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.
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.
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 .
What will the Chartered Surveyor look out for on a stipple rendered (stucco) regency semi detached home in County Durham.
Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a sort of flat finish render. Usually it is layered over brick to form a smooth and even finish. The coating is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Georgian properties. It can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and County Durham Home Buyers Suveys can report defects such as trapped water resulting in damp problems. Other issues could involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Resolving problems can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.
For a local expert speak to A1 Plastering, 1 Sanderson Road, Hurworth, DL2 2AU Tel. 07814 729741 or 01325 789315