Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Barnstaple and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Barnstaple property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Barnstaple property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .
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When I saw the building I am hoping to acquire it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit; does Barnstaple Homebuyer Report advise on the electrical system condition?
When carrying out a Homebuyer Report in Barnstaple your surveyor will usually make a note on the state of the electrics if it is clear that they are in a hazardous state of repair. This should include a general examination of any revealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as other things, for example examining the condition of any fitted appliances, for example electric showers or reporting on the condition of a sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear.
Verifying the existence of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey.
The IEE recommend a periodic test should be carried out every ten years (5 if letting).
We want to put in an offer on a place in Barnstaple. Is there any Flemish bond upkeep guidance we should be aware of??
Brick-constructed houses in Barnstaple do benefit from many advantages, but they can also suffer from a number of issues, such as weathering. The chartered surveyor should report on these, with feedback. An issue often addressed by surveyors in the region is sulphate attack. This results if a cement mortared-wall suffers a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Green Jason of Apartment 143/The Quarter/Egerton St, Chester, CH1 3NR on 07707 936857.
A number of styles of brick building are used in properties built throughout the ages. For instance, running, or stretcher, bond.
If the Barnstaple surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.
We are buying a 1979-built apartment in Barnstaple and spotted the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What are the risks, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if subsidence is found during the home survey?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Heave is less common, and may result from the removal of a tree or shrub.
This issue can occur in areas with soil with a greater-than-average concentration of sand, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. In serious temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. 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. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Barnstaple surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.
Will a Barnstaple surveyor go into detail on the condition or the safety of the gas supply?
The chartered surveyor will visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include whether the meter is in an escape route at the property, in addition to gas connected fixtures for example - the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. Gas fittings won't be dislodged. Gas is potentially dangerous, if you have any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.
Devon based local companies include Roundswell Plumbing And Heating of 7 Rooks Farm Road, Yelland, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271861094 and A J Engineering of 54 Park Avenue, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271859084.
We are buying a Barnstaple property but are worried about pests - Do we need a property surveyor?
Pests like rats may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Barnstaple.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be very expensive to resolve. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.
Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be identified after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath. Treatment for an infestation may include chemical treatment.