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 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
Can we get Flemish bond advice for the house in County Durham we are buying? What impact do County Durham environmental conditions have?
Brick residences be subject to various issues and defects. For instance, frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely and should be taken very seriously. SJL Brickwork at Unit 117i Wearfield Business & Innovation Centre, Sunderland Enterprise Pk, Sunderland, SR5 2TA should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 0191-516 6806.
A great deal of variety, both in appearance and manufacture of brick building feature in construction
throughout County Durham. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. .
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
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.
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