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.
We are intending to buy a property in Leicester, does the property surveyor consider indications of flood damage?
The Law Society estimate that 2.2m houses are exposed to water damage caused by flooding, and the value of a house in an at-risk area is often impacted by this threat.
As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.
Flood water can enter a house through several routes, including seepage through walls. Details relating to signs of flooding may be reported in Section J of the HomeBuyer Report. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.
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.
Will there be any things we need to be aware of when buying a home in Leicester near All Saints conservation area, particularly in respect of to property values?
All Saints is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating significantly. For detailed information visit their website or contact Jenny Timothy on 0116 252 7296. There are thousands official conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local council. All Saints is monitored by Leicester City Council at New Walk Centre, Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZG. Contact 0116 252 7000.
Your surveyor must have local knowledge of local issues and the relation they have with the building and its value. House prices will probably be enhanced which is down to the areas being preserved.
Surveyors can be expected to note if the home looks like it may be classified as such and Section I of the Leicester Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted during the legal process. Unconsented modifications to the property will also be advised in your survey, however these should be concern for the lawyer. Bp Legal Solicitors are a local firm situated at 221 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3HT might be happy to give you some pointers. Tel: 0116 253 6856