Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Pickering and which would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Pickering property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to make substantial modifications, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Pickering property's condition as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .
For more details why not obtain an instant Pickering House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Will the Home Survey look into this?
There are several common problems associated with clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including shrinking of clay soil. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! A Pickering surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. 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.
I am purchasing a property in Pickering and the seller has suggested that it has been constructed with Darley Dale stone. Are there any potential issues that need to be investigated, and what does the survey cover?
If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including erosion of pointing joints. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Stone quarried in the area is common to local Pickering houses, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include removal of invasive plants, such as ivy. Purchasers renovating Pickering houses should be aware that the British Geological Survey's GeoReport includes a stone matching service. To source stone quarried in Pickering, you can contact local suppliers.
Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Wykeham Quarry, Wykeham, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9QU, quarrying Sand & Gravel, for details. Call 01723 862142 for more information.
If you need more assistance, consider a stonemason or specialist in Pickering. For example, Dring Stone Ltd, Rock House Farm, Hartoft, Pickering, YO18 8RR (Tel: 01751 417237) may help.
Does the RICS surveyor inspect the condition or the safety of the gas supply?
A chartered surveyor will visually check the accessible parts of the system. The surveyor will look at the location of the meter where relevant, as well as gas related appliances or installations e.g. chimney linings. Should there be any external fittings they won't be dislodged. Of course, gas can be dangerous and if there are any concerns about gas fittings, contact a gas safe engineer.
North Yorkshire based local Gas Safe registered companies include Michael Magson Ltd of Bordeaux House, Whitby Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire Tel. 01751477537 and T G Power Limited of Power House Complex, Raf Fylingdales, Pickering, North Yorkshire Tel. 01751476100.
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 stipulate landlords have to complete appliance and installation inspections annually and punishments for failure to comply are criminal .
A next-door neighbour warned us about bugs affecting some homes. What should we do?
Pickering homes are generally free of vermin, but it is inadvisable to risk buying without more information if you have suspicions.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be costly to fix. An affected building may not always be easy to identify, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation, but may not be spotted for months. Remedies can take time, so if you opt to proceed with the purchase, check with a specialist how long treatment will take.RICS guidelines on the issue of vermin are something of a 'grey-area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your surveyor.