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.
The estate agent mentioned subsidence may be worth checking. What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.
Cracks that appear without warning could indicate subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new
trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
What should I be wary of when purchasing a building next to Marlpit Wood near Wood Lane and landfill sites generally
Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste e.g. domestic waste material disposal. There are 1, 000's of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK including Liverpool. Concerns might include structurally instability. Health issues such as gut problems have been linked to landfill sites .
Surveys in Liverpool will notice any structural issues linked to the landfill. Your solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database and Liverpool Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .
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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