Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Hersham and which one is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.
If the Hersham property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer comprehensive details of the Hersham property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .
For further advice you can get a Hersham Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
A next-door neighbour warned us about insects in the area. Will a surveyor look into this?
Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. Signs may not be obvious. For example, cluster, or swarming flies, are often found in lofts and can be a serious, seasonal annoyance if not treated. Remedies to pests can include chemical treatment and removal or excision of affected timber. The property 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.
Do stone-walled property create more problems for the owner? What should we look in to?
Ranging from Beer Limestone to Rockingstone Sandstone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves.
Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, limestone can quickly deteriorate. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.
If you need more assistance, consider a stonemason or specialist in Hersham. Stone Traders, Field Common Farm, Field Common La, Walton-On-Thames, KT12 3QH (Phone: 0844-800 4045), for example, could assist.
The vendor has mentioned that there could be asbestos cement sheets at the building. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a pernicious silicate material. Some types may be in building materials e.g. toilet cistern. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good heat resistance properties, it may be found in textured coatings.
All forms (including white) are dangerous and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods.
If discovered, one must be careful however, not to move it and expert advice should be sought ASAP.
Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey. They will note the risk of asbestos during the survey and will suggest further investigation.
Does a survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall) and what does it include?
The Homebuyer Report contains a valuation and will also include a rebuilding cost. To fully consider an accurate estimate of the value of the building the valuer will use local Hersham market factors and other factors about the property e.g. style of architecture Your Hersham surveyor will also consider materials used and will draw upon other assumptions, for example there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected. Surveyors ignore certain things like furnishings e.g. carpets.
Further Hersham conjectures, like services, are made in addition to any Hersham environmental issues like the property being underneath a flight path, also being considered.
A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
What is subsidence? What subsidence issues will the home survey look into?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses experience some minor cracking, particularly new-build properties or those with a recent extension In addition, some homes in Hersham are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.
This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.
Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.