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.
When we were shown the building we are interested to buy we saw that there is an old fuse board - 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 letting out).
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
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.