Should I get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hampden Pk and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Hampden Pk property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to make significant alterations, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer comprehensive details of the Hampden Pk property's condition in addition to advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice why not obtain a Hampden Pk Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
For the Hampden Pk HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects impacting 'E6 - Outside doors' ?
The surveyor will confirm that all external doors work, but will not force open any without keys. In general, glazing and safety glass issues are also checked. Broken door glazing is one example.
RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give house buyers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a Hampden Pk home. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show how serious the issues which the surveyor has discovered actually are. Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. These can include dangers such as the suspected presence of asbestos, or extensive structural damage. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific Hampden Pk house being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.
The next-door neighbour warned us that access to the attic could be hard to organise. Which issues relating to the attic will be reported on when the survey is performed?
This is often asked by buyers in Hampden Pk who know that homes can often hide damage to the roof. From ridge flashing to clay tiles, the whole roof will be considered. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.
High quotes for roofing jobs (such as insulating the attic) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor a quote for any suggested work. Speak to John Fulton Limited of 100 Riverford Road, Glasgow, G43 1PX on 0141-636 5500 for an estimate.
A builder mentioned subsidence may be an issue affecting the home. What subsidence information does the Hampden Pk Home Buyers Survey include?
Movement of a house on a structural level is called subsidence. A builder should return to a new house within a few months in order to make repairs.
There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Hampden Pk homes. For example, water leaking from a cracked mains drainage pipe will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
I am worried about insects in the Hampden Pk property we plan to buy. Do we need a property surveyor?
Any questions about pests affecting a Hampden Pk house may not be asked by the lawyer. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can put your health in danger and affect its value. It may not be obvious that a house is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Remedies can be disruptive to residents, and may require you to move out during the work in extreme cases. As awareness of less common problems grows, more surveys should identify these and advise on remedies.
Does a Hampden Pk surveyor go into detail on the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply?
Your chartered surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas (and oil heaters) at the property, as well as gas connected fixtures such as associated asbestos. However, the Hampden Pk RICS surveyor will not remove external fittings and he or she won't run any tests of any kind on the system or appliances. Gas can be hazardous, if you have any worries relating to gas installations, contact a gas safe engineer.