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Home Buyers Survey in Harpenden

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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Harpenden

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Harpenden

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Harpenden) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

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    Property Valuation Report in Harpenden

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more

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Home Buyers Survey in Harpenden

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Harpenden and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Harpenden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, you should you carry out a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Harpenden property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Harpenden Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will a Harpenden Surveyor be looking for on a smooth stucco Victorian home in Harpenden.

Stucco is really just smooth type of render. Commonly it is applied to brick that dries to a very smooth surface. It is very aesthetic and is/was was often applied to Georgian houses. Stucco is very similar to plaster to apply. It used to contain lime (to make it workable) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Harpenden Homebuyer Reports frequently detail any number of problems which can include trapped moisture resulting in damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the application is taken down to ground level and short circuits the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Re-coating Stucco problems can be expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Harpenden, what input does the surveyor give for a 80s residence with Diagonal bond walls? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick converted property in Harpenden will indicate both minor and serious issues. These can include erosion or cracks. One serious matter is sulphate attack. This results if a cement mortared-wall suffers a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. Contact Smith Steve for a repairs estimate at 020 8686 3363 or 5 Woburn Rd, Croydon, CR0 2AB.

Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like common bond, which is made up of stretchers (long faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every 6 courses or rows, to the rare, such English garden wall bond is often a mix of Flemish and Monk bonds. It may be appropriate to renegotiate the price of a property if a survey reveals even superficial brick wall problems.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Poor roof maintenance brings up bad memories for us, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What will our Harpenden house surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Homes in the area in otherwise fine condition could feature roofing problems, such as. Any part of the roof or loft, such as parapet walls, ought to be checked. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like amateur repairs.

The expense of laying tar paper or felt, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable contractor in Harpenden. Speak to Acorn of 12 Tewin Clo, St. Albans, AL4 9XL on 01727 844112 for a quote.

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there may be asbestos ceilings at the apartment. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard and does the Harpenden building survey report on it?

Asbestos is a dangerous material. Some types are found in the building materials including ceiling boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in boilers. Technically all forms are ultimately hazardous and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact inhaling a one fibre will not kill you.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to displace it and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Professional removal of it may be expensive must always be completed by trained experts.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. They will report on potential asbestos during the survey and will inform you of the options.