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 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
What should we be wary of when buying a home proximate to Bescaby Landfill Site on St Marys Lane and landfill sites generally
Landfill Sites take many forms for example: hazardous waste material. A huge number of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales including Leicester. Risks include chemicals like dioxins. Health problems for example congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .
Surveys in Leicester will consider structural defects resulting from the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will conduct environmental searches of the Landmark databases as well as Leicester Local Authority and advise you .
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
I have been told that subsidence in Leicester could be worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey consider?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations.
Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.