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.
Does a RICS surveyor check out the safety of the gas appliances?
A RICS surveyor will locate and visually check out any easily accessible parts of the system. The survey will include the location of the meter for instance, in addition to gas affiliated installations e.g. fixed external ventilation hearths. If there are any gas fittings they won't actually be taken off. The system won't be tested. Most people are aware that gas can be deadly and if there are any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.
Gas Safe firms in County Durham include Eric Barrass of 54, Chaucer Drive, Crook, County Durham Tel. 07988893482 and Heat Care of 28 Cooperative Terrace, Stanley, Crook, County Durham Tel. 07964 139406.
The regulations stipulate that all landlords have to conduct appliance and installation inspections yearly and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment .
When purchasing a neglected Edwardian end of terrace home in County Durham, should I get a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name and is now entitled the Building Survey. It is the right home survey if buying a modified property e.g. a period house in County Durham. The written report will give in depth and salient professional advice concerning the buildings construction materials as well as any technical details, shortly after a thorough visual inspection of the accessible parts.
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.
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