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.
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.
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.
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.