Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Caddington and which would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.
If the Caddington property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Caddington property's condition and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .
For more information why not obtain a Caddington Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
What should we be worried about when buying a house in the region a refuse landfill site
Landfill Sites take many forms including industrial refuse. No one really wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns might include heavy metals .
Surveyors will note structural problems linked to the site. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets as well as Central Bedfordshire Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .
We are buying a 16th Century property in Caddington. What impact will the home's rafter roof have on regular maintenance?
A building's age can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers, and Caddington structures built with traditional methods can be unexpectedly hard to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist knowledge may be needed. Construction materials, such as locally-quarried stone, may also need to be sourced. This can be a good opportunity to discuss lowering the purchase price to cover repair costs.
When I viewed the mid-century home I expect to lease, it looked like there is old wiring; will the Caddington surveyor advise electrical defects?
When preparing a Caddington Home Buyers Survey a surveyor will remark on the condition of the electrics if it is obvious that the electrics are in a dangerous state.
This should include a visual examination of the open sections of the wiring as well as things, for example examining the condition of any fitted appliances, e.g. storage heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings. Looking at any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by an electrician should form part of the survey in Caddington.
The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advocate a PIR need be completed every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out). For help on electrical testing - speak to A1 Strobe Electrics , 34 Five Oaks, Caddington, Luton, LU1 4JE .
We are buying a property built in the mid 60s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? What should we expect a Caddington Property Survey to include, and what defects will be reported on?
The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Caddington can have unwanted consequences. Specific issues include soil swelling. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of floorboards, to complete structural failure. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the house will be considered. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.
We are buying in Caddington, and think we saw signs of an infestation in the dining room. How do we investigate further?
Property purchasers in Caddington should know that is not a requirement that a seller report on an infestation. Signs may not be obvious, for example, dust mites make they habitation in furnishings and bedding, and are a common source of allergies. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include removal of infected furniture. The RICS surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP.
What will a RICS Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco Victorian house in Caddington which we wish to buy.
Stucco is just a smooth and flat render. Typically stucco is applied to brick that sets to an attractive smooth appearance that resembles stone. The effect is very appealing and is common on some Victorian and Georgian properties. Stucco is often problematic and Caddington Home Buyers Suveys can detail any number of problems for instance when movement of the wall leads to cracks
Another example of problems associated with stucco may result from the supporting significant loads such as cracking under the eaves. Re-coating problems with stucco can be difficult as the skills are getting harder to find.
We are purchasing a 1977-built flat in Caddington and saw evidence of that there is a 20mm crack above the windows in the bathroom. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey consider?
Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be put right quite easily.
Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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.