Home Buyers Survey County Durham
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 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
I am going to buy a house in County Durham. What things will a surveyor consider when carrying out a RICS valuation ?
There are a huge number of issues which could positively or negatively affect property values from the general economy to whether the property is listed. .
The most reliable way for home buyers to get an accurate and professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as part of the service. Your RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).
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 .
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.