Home Buyers Survey Leicester
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Is it advisable to investigate rainwater goods, and does our HomeBuyer Report mention it? Can damaged rainwater goods decrease our property's value?
As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the impact heavy rain can have on Leicester houses is not given the attention it deserves by property buyers. For instance, spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts strongly suggest that the gutters are a cause for concern. Poor drainage can lead to penetrating damp.
Whether buying in Leicester or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix.However, the damage caused, where left untreated, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.
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.
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.