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 .
For more information get an instant Liverpool Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
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.
Can clay soil foundations cause problems? I am buying a house in Liverpool. Can a Home Survey consider this?
The content of soil around the foundations of a home in Liverpool can have unwanted consequences. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including uneven soil compaction. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Signs like a sticking door in the drawing room can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Liverpool, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
What will the Surveyor examine on a smooth stucco semi detached home in Liverpool which I am thinking of purchasing.
Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is in fact a smooth and flat render. Usually stucco is layered over brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. It is very beautiful and was often applied to Regency houses. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as animal fibres to help prevent cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in Liverpool can detail any number of problems e.g. trapped moisture culminating in problems with damp needing repair.
Another example of problems associated with stucco may involve attack from salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Remedying problems can be dear as renderers are getting more difficult to find.
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