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 0845 519 9589 to speak to our survey team.
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.
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.
For a local expert contact Grassendale Plastering, 111, Lumley St., Liverpool, L19 1QZ Tel. 07909 661645
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).