Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Rubery and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.
If the Rubery property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Rubery property's general condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .
For more information you can get an instant Rubery House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
I am purchasing a Rubery house and am worried about the implications of clay soil. What should we expect a Building Survey to include?
The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant, with subsidence being a common example. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects. , such as a sticking door in the garage. There is a real benefit in booking a Rubery surveyor to carry out your Home Buyers Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.
I've put in an offer in Rubery. What suggestions can a Rubery property surveyor make? Is age a factor?
Brick-walled residential property in Rubery can be subject to distinct issues, ranging from defective mortar to frost damaged pointing. Such defects will be discussed in the report along with recommendations.
A defect often found is thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs. Homer J E should be able to assist with a maintenance quote. Contact them at 01244 810006 or 70 Sealand Rd, Sealand, Deeside, CH5 2RJ.
Brick-build property are used in properties built throughout the ages, leading to a range of styles and techniques. .
The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.
Poor roof maintenance caused problems at our old property, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What aspects of the home's roof will be reported on when the survey is performed?
Properties in Rubery with no other major issues could feature difficulties with the roof, for example, ponding. From ceiling joists to decking, the whole roof should be investigated. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of badly installed felting.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Rubery, but it is a health and safety necessity. A Rubery contractor can provide an estimate. Contact R & V Taylor Roofing Contractors Ltd of 1 Astwood Villa Astwood La, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4BB on 01527 821312 for details.
The neighbour commented that there may be asbestos ceiling material concealed in the property. What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous mineral. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials e.g. home appliances.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent heat resistance properties, it may be found in cooker insulation. Technically all forms are ultimately pernicious and may lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods.
Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to break asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. Never endeavour to handle it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a Rubery home survey. Your surveyor will mention the risk of asbestos risks and should recommend relevant tests.
Does the Rubery home survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a boundary wall) and how is it worked out
A Homebuyer Report in Rubery will include a valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate as standard. To estimate the valuation your independent surveyor will combine knowledge of Rubery and other things about the property e.g. size Surveyors also reflect on materials used and will use other assumptions like there are no hazardous materials. Surveyors will disregard certain things like furnishings e.g. carpets. The valuation is also on the basis that there are no compromising legal problems for example the tenure being as indicated (e.g leasehold). These will be investigated by your legal representative.
Additional local Rubery area conjectures, such as any cost of repairs being shared amongst tenants or water and drainage connectivity, are made as well as any significant local environmental problems like Rubery planning proposals (e.g flight path), also being considered.
A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee ; call for more info. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.