Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Melling and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is basically the same the same.
If the Melling property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap however it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Melling property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Melling Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
We are planning to buy a home in Melling and found the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What subsidence information does the Melling Home Buyers Survey include?
Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water accumulates in soil. This causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.
Subsidence-related cracks are in most cases thinner towards the bottom of the crack, if it runs up a wall. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.
There is a flat in L31 for £117, 600. What considerations will a Melling chartered surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in Melling ?
There are many factors which could positively or negatively affect the price of property such as the homes proximity to contaminated land or whether the property is on an adopted road. You can try to compare with prices achieved in the nearby area for similar properties. The mean flat price completed between Jul and Oct 2012 was £96, 500, which is £21, 100 less than the price being asked. The combined house/flat average was £142, 854. 21, Hudson Road, Maghull, Liverpool, Sefton, Merseyside, L31 5PA a leasehold flat sold for £96, 500 .
The only way for you to get an impartial house valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) by default.
The RICS surveyor should go to the building in addition to considering all other factors that can impact on values.
What impact should wet weather have on a building? Where there are issues, what should we do?
Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is overlooked by home buyers. If you have only been to the new home in dry weather, defects may not have been obvious, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Melling or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously, unless they are disregarded. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.
The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Building Survey to include?
Factors from damp to groundwater flooding can cause problems for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues. Specific issues include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage.
Taking precautions, such as ensuring rainwater goods and drainage all function efficiently, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Patches of very dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.