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.
The vendor said that the had been a problem with loose tiles, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. Will access to the roof of the structure be hard to organise?
This is often asked by buyers in Leicester who know that homes can often hide roof maintenance problems, such as dry rot. From wind braces to eaves, the whole roof will be taken into account. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.
Costly quotes for roofing jobs (such as a complete replacement) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A roofing specialist in Leicester can provide an
estimate. Contact Mitchell Roofing Specialist Of Hinckley of 200 Kirkby Road, Barwell, Leicester, LE9 8FS on 07860 478356 for a quote.
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.
If we are purchasing in Leicester, what suggestions can a Leicester property surveyor make for residences constructed with brick? Will it make a difference if render is applied?
Brick converted property be subject to diverse problems, such as sulphate expansion. Such defects will be discussed in the report. A defect requiring immediate attention is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. A local builder should be able to assist. Call Phase Brickworks Ltd, 65 Woodford Rd, London, E7 0DJ on 020 8555 9991 for a quote for repair work.
Brick-constructed property are used in properties built throughout the ages, leading to a good selection of methods and styles. For example, rowlock, which is often found at the top of a wall.