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 .
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 .
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.