Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Hope and which one would be 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 Hope property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you intend to do any an extension, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Hope property's condition as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt why not obtain a Hope Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.
My partner and I are buying a barn conversion in Hope. Will upkeep costs be higher?
For houses in Hope built before the 20th Century, age can sometimes be an issue, and Hope property built using traditional methods can be difficult to maintain. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced. This can mean expensive ongoing repairs. If the home you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your RICS surveyor for more information.
Will there be any issues I would need to be conscious of when purchasing an extended house in Hope inside a conservation area ?
There are over 9, 000 of designated conservation areas throughout the country which are governed by local councils. Hope surveyors are required by RICS to have local knowledge of relevant local area issues and the connection may have with the building. Prices is typically more than prices outside the area as a result of them being largely unspoilt However many areas have been neglected and are in a poor state for example - unauthorised alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings
RICS surveyors are expected advise you if the property might be in a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal
advisers of a Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted by your solicitor. Unsympathetic adjustments to the building should be noted in the survey but these are really more a concern for your legal adviser.
I know that Hope subsidence might be a problem. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. Often, homes in Hope are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.
Cracks to a drawing room are a plain suggestion of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.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 some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. 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 recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.
What should I be fearful of if buying a maisonette proximate to a refuse tip
Sites used for landfill take many forms for example: inert waste material disposal. No one really wants to live near one (80% of people live under 2km away from one). Risks might include complex organic chemicals. Potential health concerns such as downs syndrome have been linked to landfill sites .
Hope surveyors will notice any structural problems linked to the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out environmental searches of the Landmark databases in addition to Flintshire Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .
I am worried about an infestation in the home we plan to buy. Will a surveyor look into this?
Property in Hope are not usually impacted by serious cases of pest problems, but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not recommended.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can impact a home's worth. An affected property may not always be easy to identify.
For example, cockroaches hide during the day, in light-fittings, beneath cracks in floor tiles or behind appliances. You may not spot them until moving in. Treatment for pest problems may include insecticides or destruction of tainted materials. The 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.
The neighbour stated there may be a risk of blue asbestos paper lining in existence at the property. Why would there be asbestos?
Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials for example cement sheet. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent tensile strength properties, it may be found in cement.
All forms are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to break it and professional advice must be taken ASAP.
Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will report on potential asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.
Does a surveyor look into the serviceability of the gas mains supply?
The surveyor will visually examine any accessible parts of the gas system. This will mean gas related areas such as the meter location/position at the property, in addition to gas connected fittings, for instance fixed external ventilation hearths. The Hope surveyor won't actually remove external fittings nor will the surveyor conduct any tests whatsoever on the gas system. Gas is potentially unsafe and if there are any concerns relating to gas installations of any type, contact a gas safe engineer.