Should I select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Hanham and which is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.
If the Hanham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to make significant alterations on the Hanham property, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Hanham property's state of repair and it includes more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt why not get a Hanham Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
The vendor said that damp had been a concern, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?
Local property that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, bowing beams. Any part of the roof or loft, such as parapet walls, ought to be checked. Problems can often arise in the case of flat roofs, caused by holes or cracks in the waterproof layer.
High estimates for roofing jobs (such as felting a flat roof) 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. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a Hanham roofing specialist can provide one. Call CMH Leadwork & Roofing Services of 27 Hill Lawn, Bristol, BS4 4PH on 0117-904 0953 for an estimate.
What advice would you give for a 70s home with English bond walls?
Brick-walled Hanham property can be affected by various issues and defects, such as frost damage. For example, sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and will destroy the structural integrity of the wall and may require immediate attention. Contact Baines Warren for a repairs estimate at 07803 165653 or 29 Sulby Dr, Ribbleton, Preston, PR2 6RR.
A selection of different courses and brick making techniques of brick building have been a feature of house construction in this country for 100s of years. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume.
What is subsidence? What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report look into?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience some minor cracking. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new building within a few months in order to repair settlement damage.
Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.
We are buying in Hanham, and think we saw signs of pests in the living room - What can we do?
Questions regarding the infestation of a Hanham property may not be raised during the conveyancing. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can put your health in danger and affect its value. An affected property may not always be easy to identify. As an example, mice are able to squeeze through even small gaps and holes, and quickly spread disease through their droppings. Treatment for an infestation may include removal of infected furniture. The home surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP.
What's the danger of flooding in Hanham. Can a Hanham surveyor consider any flooding?
A wide variety of factors can cause flooding, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. The Environment Agency maintain a flood risk alert service, with regular updated risk assessments. The home survey may also, where appropriate, advise on urgent repairs.Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the home or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood risk alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.