Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in London Colney and which would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.
If the London Colney property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the London Colney property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .
For more details get a London Colney Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
There may be a danger of white asbestos flooring materials at the house. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials e.g. fire doors. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in duct connectors.
All forms are hazardous and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact inhaling a one fibre is not fatal.
If discovered, one must be careful never to move the asbestos and professional advice should be sought urgently. Getting rid of asbestos is expensive but must be conducted by trained experts. London Colney Surveyors cannot verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. However they will mention potential asbestos and should recommend professional testing.
On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in London Colney, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?
Issues requiring some attention are labelled condition rating 2, but they are not considered to be urgent or serious. They may also require frequent upkeep.
The surveyor's report on the condition of the external walls will consider all visible defects. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. Cracks to non-structural walls is an example of this.
Can I get an independent and professional valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding a retaining wall) and how is it worked out
A Homebuyer Report in London Colney will include a valuation and also a reinstatement cost as a standard part of the survey. When calculating the property's value the surveyor will should use local property market knowledge and other considerations about the property e.g. size The valuer will also consider construction methods and will make certain key assumptions e.g. there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected.
A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. It will also be assumed that there are no costly legal problems such as there being no on going disputes. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancer.
Further London Colney assumptions, for example service connections, are made in addition to London Colney environmental problems like the property being underneath a flight path, also being considered.
Mould caused problems in the past, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What should we check when the property is surveyed?
This is often asked by London Colney home buyers who know that homes can often hide roofing woes, like bad drainage. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the trusses to the ridge flashing. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in London Colney, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including amateur repairs.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of London Colney, but it is a health and safety necessity. A contractor in London Colney can provide an estimate. Contact Fairweather Roofing & Building Services of 4/Jacob Court/Russet Drive, St. Albans, AL4 0AY on 01727 859286 for more information.
When I went to see a sixties house I want to buy, the agent said that there could be corrosion of the wiring - will the London Colney surveyor go into detail on the wiring and fusebox?
When carrying out a London Colney Home Buyers Survey a qualified surveyor will remark on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state. A Home surveyor is expected to report on potential areas for concern such as the whereabouts of the meter. A check for the documents from any recent PIR conducted by an electrician will usually form part of the Homebuyer report in London Colney.
To get advice in London Colney on electrical testing contact Thornton Electrical , 5 Thornton Rd, Potters Bar, EN6 1JJ .
Is there a flood risk in London Colney, and will the London Colney surveyor look for any flooding damage, or if other properties have been affected?
The impact of flooding, both in the region of London Colney and nationwide, is a serious concern for residents, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded.
As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. Flood water can enter a home in London Colney through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. The Home Buyers Survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.