Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Pocklington and which one is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same.
If the Pocklington property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to carry out significant alterations, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Pocklington property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice why not get a Pocklington Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
We are buying a 1965-built apartment in Pocklington and found that the living room floor was uneven. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?
Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Pocklington should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement.
There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Pocklington homes. For example, water leaking from a damaged drains will wash soil away from the foundations. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. Signs of potential subsidence include sticking doors or windows.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
We think this house is located by a brook. Is there a major flood risk? Would our building survey search for possible flooding damage, or whether flooding has affected other properties?
Contrary to popular opinion, the distance a Pocklington residential property is from the nearest river or coast is not the only measure of flood risk, and the value of a residential property in an at-risk area may be impacted. It is strongly recommended that a home is protected, before any water damage happens.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. The house surveyor may ask the vendor or agent about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.
The neighbour stated there might be asbestos walls being found in the home. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be treated?
Asbestos is a deleterious silicate material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials e.g. sealant.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in roof tiles.
All forms are hazardous and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to break it and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.
Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a Pocklington HomeBuyer report. However they will note suspected asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.
We are concerned about bugs. What advice should we get?
Pests like ants may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Pocklington.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can impact a home's worth. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, the smell of ammonia in or behind cupboards may indicate mice, even if no droppings are found. Treatment for pest problems may include traps or destruction of tainted materials. Your Pocklington surveyor may report on signs of infestation, but if you have specific concerns they can be taken into account. Contact a specialist, e.g. Yorkshire Pest Control Ltd, C/O Cranswick Garden Centre, Burn Butts Lane, Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, YO25 9JN, or call 0137 727 0746, to discuss remedial options.
Does a chartered surveyor advise on the state of the gas installations?
The local surveyor will visually survey any accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect the mains gas installation where relevant, in addition to gas associated fittings, for instance ventilation of flue (if blocked). If there are any fittings they however, won't be detached. Gas is potentially fatal and if there are any worries about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.