Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Calstock and which would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Calstock property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Calstock property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt get an instant Calstock Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
We are buying a loft-conversion in Calstock. What will our chartered surveyor check when the house is surveyed?
Homes in the area that are otherwise ideal can, to the disappointment of their would-be owners, still suffer difficulties with the roof. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from ridge flashing to gables, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.
The expense of a complete replacement, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. A roofing specialist with positive reviews can provide a quote.
What impact should wet weather have on a property in Calstock? Where there are problems, what should we do?
Climate change is regularly in the news. However rainfall and the effect it can have on your property are not given more thought by property buyers. If you have only visited the new home in on a sunny day, obvious defects may be harder to find. This could then result in hazardous mould.
These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve, if caught early, unless they are not cared for. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.
The neighbour commented - saying there may be asbestos cement sheets in existence at the property. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic substance. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials e.g. coatings spayed on beams.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good tensile strength properties, it may be found in cement sheet.
All forms are ultimately dangerous and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to break the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken immediately.
Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. They will note suspected asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.
Will my survey give a property valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as site clearance)
A Homebuyer Report in Calstock will include a valuation and a Reinstatement Cost. In order to determine the correct valuation the surveyor will call upon knowledge of Calstock and other factors relating to the property e.g. number of bedrooms The valuer will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and will make certain other assumptions e.g. there being no serious defects. Surveyors disregard certain things like furnishings.
Further area assumptions, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to Calstock environmental problems like brine mining activity, which will also be factored in. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Please call for information. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
When I visited the house I am interested to purchase, it appeared that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system; does Calstock survey go into detail on the wiring and fusebox?
When conducting a Calstock Building Survey a RICS surveyor should usually comment on the condition of the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a dangerous state. A Home surveyor is required to possible problems relating to things like checking the outside installations like power in garages. Inspecting the documentation from the most recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in Calstock.
Confirming the existence of any evidence of the most recent PIR handled by an electrician should usually form part of the survey in Calstock .
The IEE strongly advise that an electrical check is carried out every 10 years (5 if renting out).