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.
A next-door neighbour warned us about pests affecting properties nearby. What should we do?
Homes in Leicester are generally free of infestations, but it is inadvisable to risk buying without more information if you have suspicions. This matter should be taken seriously. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, silverfish are common in damp kitchens and bathrooms, but only appear at night, and can therefore be difficult to spot. Remedies can be disruptive to residents, and may require you to move out during the work in extreme cases. The property
surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP.
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).
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.