Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Bayswater and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.
If the Bayswater property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Bayswater property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects and maintenance options .
For more details why not get a Bayswater House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
For a HomeBuyer Report on a Bayswater house what effect will a Condition rating 2 have on 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?
A fairly common example may be vines. This section includes visual aspects of the roof, checked with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Ornamental joinery such as finials or mock Tudor panelling will be investigated. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate how concerning each aspect of the report is. Condition rating 2 suggests that the aspect of the house or flat in question will need some work. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention.
Should we do a full structural survey when considering a extended sixties cottage in Bayswater as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report?
Regularly (incorrectly) called a Full Structural Survey by house buyers, it is now defunct and as it has been replaced by RICS and the correct name is now the Building Survey. If you are buying an altered house like a poor condition house, it is the right home survey to get. Following an exhaustive inspection of the inside and outside of the house, a non prescribed format of report will be sent to the prospective purchaser outlining thorough and crucial insight about the condition of the house. There will be several limitations with a Building Survey to consider because a qualified surveyor will not be able to open up the fabric of the of the Bayswater building e.g. undoing electrical fittings.
A builder friend commented that there is some brown asbestos sealant concealed in the house. Which types of asbestos are a concern?
Asbestos is a noxious fibrous structured mineral. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials e.g. vinyl flooring. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in asbestos blocks.
All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. If found, care should be taken never to displace it. Professional advice should be sought without delay.
Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will report on possible asbestos risks and should advise accordingly.
Which Bayswater Surveys include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing a garage)
A Homebuyer Report on a Bayswater property will include a property valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate. To properly appraise the correct valuation your chartered surveyor should use awareness of the Bayswater property market as well as other factors relating to the property for instance: style of architecture The RICS surveyor will also consider construction methods and use other assumptions e.g. there are no damaging materials. Surveyors ignore certain things like furnishings. It will also be assumed that there is an absence of any impossible to rectify legal issues for example your potential purchase is sold with vacant possession. Such concerns will be clarified by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..
Further Bayswater conjectures, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to any Bayswater environmental issues like intrusive noises or smells, which are also considered as part of the valuation.
A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
When we viewed the unmodernised property we want to move into it appeared that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system; will the surveyor report on any faults with the electrics?
When performing a Bayswater Home Buyers Survey the surveyor will usually comment on the state of the electrics if it is clear that the electrics are in a hazardous state.
This will include a non invasive look-over of any revealed parts of the wiring or fusebox in addition to things, for example examining the nature of the electrical fittings in bath or shower rooms or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of switch gear.
Verifying the existence of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will form part of the survey.
The IEE recommend that a Periodic Inspection need be completed every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).
Is rainfall an issue in Bayswater, and does our Bayswater home buyers survey mention it? Can damaged drainage decrease our property's value?
I find it odd that the effect which high levels of rainfall has on a structure is rarely considered properly. If you have investigated the house in dry conditions, defects may not have been obvious. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve, if caught early, unless they are not cleared out regularly. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.