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.
My partner and I are purchasing a 16th Century converted stable in Leicester. Will repairs costs be higher?
Many purchasers have looked at purchasing a home with character, such as a farmstead. Use of traditional methods, however, can be problematic. Leicester homes built with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be difficult to maintain. You should consider that specialist expertise may be needed. .
Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced. Built between 1120 and 1220, Castle, Hall is an example of a traditional property in Leicester.
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.