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.
For a HomeBuyer Report on a Leicester house or flat what does a green light rating mean for 'E4 - Main walls' ?
Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. Efflorescence on external walls is one defect applicable to this section.
A 'green' condition rating of 1 confirms that no repairs are required. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of how concerning each aspect of the report is.
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 .
Does the Leicester surveyor report on the safety of the gas flues?
A RICS surveyor will visually survey the easily accessible parts of the system. This will mean gas related areas such as the meter location/position for example, as well as gas related gas installations in the house such as fixed external ventilation hearths. External fittings or housings will not however be removed. Gas is potentially unsafe, should there be any worries about gas, call a gas engineer.
Gas Safe firms in Leicester include LG Maintenance of 91 Newhaven Road, Leicester Tel. 07950280851 and A R Plumbing & Heating Solutions of 9 Tillingham Road, Leicester, Leicestershire Tel. 07877179918.