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 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
In the HomeBuyer Report what are the usual a green light rating defects affecting 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?
A fairly common example may be loose or missing elements of fascias or soffits. Section E8 covers more decorative aspects of the property's exterior, inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Ornamental joinery such as finials or mock Tudor panelling will be investigated.
Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1, but this does not mean
that no future work is required. Seasonal checks may still be appropriate to prevent deterioration.
We are buying a apartment in Hall Green and noticed that there is a 6mm gap between the living room wall and the door frame. Is this a severe concern, and what subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor review?
Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. Generally, subsidence can be put right. Many homes are erected with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.
Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline. In severe weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.
Does the RICS surveyor go into detail on the safety of the gas heaters?
A surveyor will visually look at the accessible parts of the system. This will include gas heaters for instance, as well as gas affiliated installations such as ventilation of flue (if blocked). A Hall Green RICS chartered surveyor will not remove fittings and will not do any tests on the appliances or system. Of course, gas is potentially deadly, should you have any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer.
Hall Green based gas engineers include BSP Gas & Plumbing Services of 23 Green Bank Avenue, Hall Green, Birmingham, West Midlands Tel. 07803586799.