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.
My partner and I are purchasing an older converted barn in County Durham. What effect will the structure's box frame structure have on maintenance?
Older construction methods and materials can create difficulties for an owner, and County Durham property built with traditional methods can be a chore to maintain. It is often the case that specialist
expertise is necessary. Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced.
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.
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.