Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Fairford and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Fairford property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to make an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Fairford property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice get a Fairford Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
A neighbour warned us that access to the roofing could be a problem. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What should we do about roof repairs?
This often causes anxiety for home buyers with a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Many residential properties can be hiding serious issues with the roof. Any part of the roof or loft, such as ceiling joists, ought to be checked. Your chartered surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.
Re-flashing and re-tiling, among other aspects of roof repair, can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. Speak to Uzzell M J of 16 The Street, Marston Meysey, Swindon, SN6 6LQ on 01285 810994 for more information.
We are planning to buy a 1981-built property in Fairford and spotted the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What are the risks, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?
Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home within a few months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.
New cracks wider than 3mm to the external walls of the property., or noticeable widening cracks which have remained stable for some time, may indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. 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.
Is clay soil an issue in Fairford? What should we expect a Fairford Building Survey to include, and what defects will be reported on?
Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Fairford buyers. 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. For example, minor wall cracks in the kitchen may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.
Taking precautions, such as checking that the downpipe drains correctly, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Patches of waterlogged 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.
Is £266, 462 a reasonable amount to be buying a property in GL7 for and what factors will RICS surveyor allow for when valuing house prices in Fairford ?
There is a vast array of things which could affect property values for instance noise from flight paths or whether the property is on an adopted road. One method is to analyse house values registered at the Land Registry for similar properties.
The average house price registered between Jul and Oct 2012 was £251, 662, which is £14, 800 less than the selling price. The average factoring in houses and flats was £227, 989. 11 Isis Lake, Spine Road East, South Cerney, Cirencester, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL7 5LT a detached property was purchased for £24, 595 .
The most reliable way to get a professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report in Fairford which includes a Property Valuation Report as standard. Your qualified surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme.
A professional surveyor will go to the site as well as allowing for the long list of issues affecting property prices.