Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Greenford and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Greenford property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it will give you a thorough analysis of the Greenford property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .
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We are planning to buy a apartment in Greenford and found a gap below the skirting board in the kitchen. What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report investigate?
Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new structure after time has passed so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.
There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Greenford homes. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and begin to slide downward. 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 begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.
Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
I am buying a converted barn. Will the age of the house be an issue?
Many buyers in Greenford would be interested in owning a old, characterful home one day. Vernacular architecture, however, can often be problematic. Greenford structures constructed with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be difficult to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. .
Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced. Discuss this with your Greenford surveyor for further advice.
If we are purchasing in Greenford, what input does a property surveyor in Greenford give for a 80s residence with brick? Does the age of the property matter?
Brick-built homes demonstrate several benefits, but they will also suffer from a range of defects. This could be anything from crumbling mortar to lack of a damp proof course. For instance, brick rot, resulting from decades of exposure to condensation or damp at ground level and should be taken very seriously. L T Construction should be able to provide an estimate for repair work. Contact them at 16 Long La, Larkton, Malpas, SY14 8LP or 01948 820284.
Greenford home purchasers may need to consider that a good selection of methods and styles can be found across Greenford, and as such, repairs may be more involved than they appear. If the 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.
Will our Greenford chartered surveyor inquire into any water damage, or whether flooding has affected neighbour's houses?
Soil-clogged drainage, rain and overflowing steams could all cause major water damage caused by flooding, and owning a house in Greenford in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. A flood alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Less expensive preventative measures include air brick covers. The house surveyor will usually recommend that the home purchasers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.
The Environment Agency have updated the status for the The River Brent from Hendon to Brentford including Brent Cross, Tokyngton, Alperton, Greenford and Hanwell, near Greenford, to 'No warnings'.
*Data accurate 04/01/2013