Home Buyers Survey Hall Green
Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in Hall Green
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Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hall Green and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Hall Green property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Hall Green property's general condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice you can get a Hall Green House Survey Quote or call us 0845 519 9589 to speak to a member of our team.
Can Doulting stone-built properties be difficult to repair. Are there any major defects that we should be aware of? Does the surveyor give advice on this?
Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Portland Hard Blue Limestone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like weathered stone will vary with the particular type of stone. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Buyers should consider that stone can have a great
effect on the long-term viability of a property or extension, resulting in higher repair costs in future.
For example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.
If you a undertaking repairs, and require matching stone, get in touch with a local firm. For example, Flamebuoyant, 499a Stratford Rd, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4LP may help.
Should we get a full structural survey prior to acquiring a defective sixties warehouse apartment close to Hall Green?
Structural surveys have a new title and are now named Building Surveys. We recommend that you choose a Building Survey for the apartment you are contemplating. The HomeBuyer Report is appropriate if investigating a mid century or later unmodified Hall Green apartment of standard building materials. You should be aware of a number provisos exist with any survey because a chartered surveyor wont be able to force or open up the fabric of the Hall Green apartment nor can he/she inspect no ladder available for flat roofs.
We are concerned about pests. How do we investigate further?
Any questions about pests affecting a Hall Green building may not be asked by the lawyer.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be very expensive to resolve. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles. Treatment for a serious infestation may include use of poison and removal of infected furniture. Rather than pulling out, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.