Home Buyers Survey Leicester
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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.
The estate agent stated there is a possibility of asbestos boards around radiators affecting the property. What are the issues with asbestos, are there any health risks, what are the remedial options and Should I be worried?
Buildings constructed prior to the mid 80's will in all probability include any number of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a pernicious
material. Some types were commonly found in the building materials including paper lining. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in painted over ceilings. It is mainly found in Canada. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are hazardous and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.
If found, care should be taken not to disturb it. Professional advice should be sought urgently. Getting rid of it will likely be expensive but absolutely must be conducted by trained experts. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos during a Leicester building survey. Your surveyor will report on suspected asbestos risks and should inform you of the options.
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, responsibilty 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 dilligence 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