Home Buyers Survey Leicester
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Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Leicester and which would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.
If the Leicester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to carry out any alterations, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Leicester property's general condition as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options .
For more information why not get an instant Leicester Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0845 519 9589 to speak to one of our advisers.
Does the Leicester surveyor report on the safety of the gas flues?
A RICS surveyor will visually survey the easily accessible parts of the system. This will mean gas related areas such as the meter location/position for example, as well as gas related gas installations in the house such as fixed external ventilation hearths. External fittings or housings will not however be removed. Gas is potentially unsafe, should there be any worries about gas, call a gas engineer.
Gas Safe firms in Leicester include LG Maintenance of 91 Newhaven Road, Leicester Tel. 07950280851 and A R Plumbing & Heating Solutions of 9 Tillingham Road, Leicester, Leicestershire Tel. 07877179918.
What will the RICS Surveyor look for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Leicester.
Stucco is just a type of render. Typically stucco is layered over brick that sets to a smooth stone like appearance. The finish is highly grand in appearance and is found on Georgian houses for example. It used to contain lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to help stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Leicester Building Surveys can report potentially expensive to remedy problems for instance trapped water leading to problems with damp.
Another example of problems associated with stucco may include sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Re-applying problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are getting harder to find.
For a local expert contact SMJ Construction, 15, Homemead Avenue, Leicester, LE4 0LN Tel. 07976 316902
My partner and I are purchasing a 16th Century converted stable in Leicester. Will repairs costs be higher?
Many purchasers have looked at purchasing a home with character, such as a farmstead. Use of traditional methods, however, can be problematic. Leicester homes built with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be difficult to maintain. You should consider that specialist expertise may be needed. .
Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced. Built between 1120 and 1220, Castle, Hall is an example of a traditional property in Leicester.