Home Buyers Survey Leicester
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For a HomeBuyer Report on a Leicester house or flat what does a a green light rating mean for 'E4 - Main walls' ?
Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. Efflorescence on external walls is one defect applicable to this section.
A 'green' condition rating of 1 confirms that no repairs are required. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of how concerning each aspect of the report is.
The vendor said that the had been a problem wth loose tiles, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. Will access to the roof of the structure be hard to organise?
This is often asked by buyers in Leicester who know that homes can often hide roof maintenance problems, such as dry rot. From wind braces to eaves,the whole roof will be taken into account. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.
Costly quotes for roofing jobs (such as a complete replacement) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A roofing specialist in Leicester can provide an estimate. Contact Mitchell Roofing Specialist Of Hinckley of 200 Kirkby Road, Barwell, Leicester, LE9 8FS on 07860 478356 for a quote.
When we were shown the building we are interested to buy we saw that there is an old fuseboard - does a Homebuyer Report in Leicester go into detail on the wiring and electrical system?
When preparing a Homebuyer Report in Leicester your surveyor should report on the electrics if it is clear that the electrics are in a hazardous state. This should include a visual (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection check of the unconcealed areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of possible problems relating to things like whether there is an off-peak /on-peak supply. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report conducted by an electrician should be part of the survey. Inspecting the documents from any recent PIR conducted by an electrician should be part of the survey in Leicester .
The IEE recommend that an electrical check should be carried out every 10 years (5 if if letting out).