Home Buyers Survey Liverpool
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Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Liverpool and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.
If the Liverpool property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Liverpool property's general condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
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I have put in an offer on a Liverpool house with a loft conversion - What aspects of the attic will be checked?
Liverpool property in otherwise fine condition could unfortunately be experiencing damage to the roof, including. From dormers to wind braces, the whole roof should be investigated, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.
Given the high cost of major roof repairs like replacement of a failed dormer, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a roofing contractor in the local area can provide one.
When I went to see a property I am interested to acquire, it looked like there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox; will a Liverpool survey go into detail on electrical defects?
During a Home Survey in Liverpool the RICS surveyor should usually mention the overall electrical system if it is obvious that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory condition. This should include a by sight look-over of the open areas of the wiring or fusebox in addition to areas e.g. reporting on the condition of any visible wiring. Looking at any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by an electrician should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Liverpool. A check for the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed should usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Liverpool .
The IEE suggest that an electrical check be completed at least every 10 years (or every 5 if renting out).
Is there a flood risk in Liverpool, and will the building survey check for indications of water damage, or if neighbouring property have been affected?
Flooding has become a major issue, not least because last year was the second wettest on record. Both home buyers and home owners in areas in danger of flooding are right to be worried. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a house, such as via badly fitted air bricks. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. The house surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.