Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Nine Elms and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.
If the Nine Elms property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will give a thorough analysis of the Nine Elms property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more detailed advice get a Nine Elms Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
Can clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues? I am buying a property in Nine Elms. Can my House Survey consider this?
Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Nine Elms buyers, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and soil movement being relatively common. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Nine Elms house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. A Nine Elms surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.
The estate agent warned us that access to the house's roof could be something to worry about. What aspects of the house's roof will be reported on?
This is a common concern for property purchasers. Homes throughout Nine Elms can often hide roofing woes, like incorrectly applied waterproofing. From sheeting to wind braces, every element of the roof must be reviewed. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of a poor asphalt covering.
Replacement of tiles and other roof repairs need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A local contractor with good feedback should be able to assist with a quote.
Are there any issues I would be advised to check out when planning to buy a house in Nine Elms in the vicinity of conservation area ?
There are thousands of conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local authority.
Your surveyor must have local knowledge of local issues and any effect may have with the property and its value. The value of homes is, more often than not, greater which is down to the areas being preserved. However many conservation areas have been neglected and are in poor condition e.g. ugly satellite dishes
Property surveyors will inform you if the property could be classified as such and Section I
of a Homebuyer Report will recommend suitable questions are conducted by your conveyancer. Unapproved developments that do not have Local Authority approval should be commented on, however these should be concern for the lawyer.
A local builder said subsidence could be a concern affecting the flat. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report review?
Subsidence is movement in a structure's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be fixed quite easily.
Cracks to a floor are an obvious suggestion of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. On the inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.
Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.
There is a house close to SN25 in Nine Elms for £203, 946. What things does a RICS surveyor consider when valuing house prices in Nine Elms ?
There are a huge number of issues that might affect house prices for instance the number of bedrooms or the number of bathrooms. As an indicator, one can try to consider the prices of house registered at the Land Registry for similar properties.
The average house price paid between Jul and Oct 2012 was £194, 946, which is £9, 000 less than the selling price. The average factoring in houses and flats was £187, 573. 26, Sharp Close, Shaw, Swindon, Swindon, Swindon, SN5 5XN a detached property was sold in the last 3 months for £242, 000 .
The only way to get an impartial home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report as a core component.