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.
Can Doulting stone-built structures be a challenge. Which related issues should we consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
From Farmington Stone to Golconda Dolomitic Limestone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Problems which impact stone-built houses can vary greatly, with issues like staining being quote common. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to houses, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for decorative elements. Maintenance tips include using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings. If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact
the British Geological Survey for more detail. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.
For more details, consider a stonemason or other knowledgeable contractor in the area, such as Fireplace Factory Outlet Ltd, Unit 12 13, Wheatland Business Pk, Wallasey, CH44 7ER.
We are buying in Liverpool. What will we need to pay attention to when buying older property? Will the home's age be a problem?
Many purchasers would be interested in owning a home with character, such as a Medieval cottage. Vernacular, or traditional, architecture, however, can concern buyers, and Houses featuring traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to repair. You should be aware that specialist expertise may be needed. Especially for listed buildings, Traditional building materials may be required. If the building you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your chartered surveyor for further advice.
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).