Home Buyers Survey 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.
Does the Hall Green home survey include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a boundary wall) and what will it include?
A Homebuyer Report on a Hall Green property will contain an impartial valuation and a rebuilding cost. When calculating the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will take into account local Hall Green market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. general condition. Surveyors also evaluate style of architecture and use key assumptions, for example no significant problems.
A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. It will be assumed that there aren't any expensive legal problems like proper access over pathways. Such concerns will be clarified by your conveyancer.
Further Hall Green assumptions, for example water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to Hall Green environmental concerns like local mining issues, also being considered.
I have heard that clay soil can be an issue for houses in Hall Green. Will your Hall Green Home Survey look into this?
Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the house will be considered. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
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.