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).
I want to acquire a property in LE1 for around £163, 592. What things will a Leicester local surveyor take into account during a property valuation report ?
There are many factors which could have a bearing on the price of property from the length of lease to whether it is near the coast or has a coastal view. It often helps to put side by side house values achieved in the area for similar properties.
The average house price recorded at the Land Registry between Jul and Oct 2012 was £149, 692, which is £13, 900 less than the asking price (£142, 329 was the blended house/flat average). 11, Whixley Road, Hamilton, Leicester, Leicester, Leicester, LE5 1BN a detached property sold for £234, 950 .
The most reliable way for you to get a formal house valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report in Leicester which includes a Property Valuation Report as part of the service.
The qualified surveyor will go to the house as well as considering the wealth of factors that might affect property prices.
Do stone-walled properties generate high upkeep costs for owners? Are there specific defects to consider?
Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Defects such as algae affect many stone-walled Leicester houses. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. These are employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. A survey will include a range of suggestions or requirements for maintenance, such as careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage.
Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.
If you a undertaking repairs, and require matching stone, contact a Leicester expert. For example, Britains Heritage Ltd at Shaftesbury Hall, 3 Holy Bones, Leicester, LE1 4LJ may help.