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 purchasing a defective regency apartment property in Leicester - is it necessary to opt for a full structural survey?
The Full Structural Survey is now dubbed a Building Survey. RICS would recommend that you opt for the Building Survey in relation to the apartment you are contemplating. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a post fifties unmodified apartment built out of typical construction materials i.e. brick walls and tiled roof. There are certain provisos are integral with any residential survey as RICS chartered surveyor is not in a position to force or open up the fabric of the property for example, or comment on non-permanent out buildings.
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.
I am intending to buy a property near Bridge At Rearsby , will this affect the property's value?
Bridge At Rearsby is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Monuments of local importance can enhance the attractiveness of an area. Examples of other nearby sites of interest are Castle Mound, Iron Age Enclosure and Kibworth Harcourt Post Mill.. Your RICS surveyor will consider all local criteria during the home buyers survey in Leicester. Visit the English Heritage website for further information on Bridge At Rearsby.