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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.
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.
I suspect there is a possibility of asbestos pipe lagging insulation situated in the building. What are the issues with asbestos?
Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Some types were commonly found in the building materials such as patching compounds. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic fire retarding qualities and it may be found in vinyl flooring. The main origins of asbestos were the US.
All forms are ultimately deadly and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.
Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to break the asbestos and expert advice should be sought without delay. Getting rid of it will probably be expensive but absolutely must be conducted by experts. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a Liverpool survey. Your Liverpool surveyor should report on potential asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.
What impact may rainfall have on a Liverpool building?
The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact rainfall can have on a structure is not considered. One indication that rainwater goods are at risk is leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage. Poor drainage can lead to rising damp.
The good news is that drainage problems are generally easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are left untreated, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.