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.
Will there be any considerations I need to consider if planning to buy a home in County Durham in Annfield Plain conservation area ?
Annfield Plain is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information visit their website. There are thousands of designated conservation areas in England and Wales that are designated and monitored by the local authority. Annfield Plain is monitored by Durham County Council at County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL - Call 0300 123 7070.
A Building Surveyors need to possess local knowledge of local considerations and the effect they have on the property. House prices will likely be higher because of them being in their original state.
Surveyors can be expected to advise you whether the location could be is designated and Section I of the Homebuyer Report will advise suitable questions are conducted during the conveyancing process. Unauthorised adjustments to the building may be advised in your survey, however these should be investigated by the lawyer. C W Booth & Co are based in 5-7 Cockton Hill Road, County Durham, County Durham, DL14 6EN and may be prepared to give you some pointers. Tel:
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