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 a Building survey in Leicester include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes and how does the surveyor work it out?
Leicester Homebuyer Reports a professional valuation as well as a reinstatement cost estimate. When calculating the valuation your RICS valuer will call upon knowledge of Leicester and other things about the property for instance: desirability of the location. Surveyors also reflect on construction methods and draw upon key assumptions such as it is connected to mains services .
A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
Further area conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or service connections, are made as well as any significant environmental issues like flightpaths, which will also be factored in.
The estate agent stated there is a possibility of asbestos boards around radiators affecting the property. What are the issues with asbestos, are there any health risks, what are the remedial options and Should I be worried?
Buildings constructed prior to the mid 80's will in all probability include any number of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a pernicious material. Some types were commonly found in the building materials including paper lining. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in painted over ceilings. It is mainly found in Canada. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are hazardous and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.
If found, care should be taken not to disturb it. Professional advice should be sought urgently. Getting rid of it will likely be expensive but absolutely must be conducted by trained experts. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos during a Leicester building survey. Your surveyor will report on suspected asbestos risks and should inform you of the options.
Will there be any things we need to be aware of when buying a home in Leicester near All Saints conservation area, particularly in respect of to property values?
All Saints is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating significantly. For detailed information visit their website or contact Jenny Timothy on 0116 252 7296. There are thousands official conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local council. All Saints is monitored by Leicester City Council at New Walk Centre, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZG. Contact 0116 252 7000.
Your surveyor must have local knowledge of local issues and the relation they have with the building and its value. House prices will probably be enhanced which is down to the areas being preserved.
Surveyors can be expected to note if the home looks like it may be classified as such and Section I of the Leicester Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted during the legal process. Unconsented modifications to the property will also be advised in your survey, however these should be concern for the lawyer. Bp Legal Solicitors are a local firm situated at 221 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3HT might be happy to give you some pointers. Tel: 0116 253 6856