Should I get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Streatham Vale and which one would be the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.
If the Streatham Vale property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to do any major works, you should you choose a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap however it does give comprehensive details of the Streatham Vale property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more details get a Streatham Vale Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.
Are there any factors we should look out for when intending to buy a period property in Streatham Vale in the vicinity of a conservation area?
There are thousands official conservation areas throughout the country that are designated and monitored by local councils. Surveyors in Streatham Vale must have sufficient knowledge of relevant local area factors and the effect may have on the building. Property Prices is, more often than not, enhanced which is down to them being in their original state. However many of them are falling into are falling into shoddy condition e.g. out of keeping extensions
Surveyors will report if the property is or might be in a conservation area and Section I
of your Homebuyer Report will recommend additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted by your legal representation. Unsympathetic extensions to the property may be advised in your survey, however these should be concern for your legal representative.
The estate agent has mentioned there might be asbestos wall panelling concealed in the flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be treated?
Asbestos is a dangerous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials e.g. artex.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent heat resistance properties, it may be found in the home appliances. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to break it and professional advice should be sought immediately.
Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos during a Streatham Vale building survey. Your Streatham Vale surveyor should report on the risk of asbestos and will advise accordingly.
We are intending to buy a home in Streatham Vale, does the property surveyor consider indications of water damage, or if other houses on the street have been affected?
Burst dams, tidal activity and inadequate drainage can cause flood damage, and home buyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available.
As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the Home Buyers Survey may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the property or on adjacent sites. The chartered surveyor may ask the residents if the property has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.
The Environment Agency have updated the status for the River Wandle Catchment in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton, near Streatham Vale, to 'No warnings' on 16 Jul 2012.
*Correct as of 4th Jan 2013
Should I carry out the full structural survey if purchasing a abandoned period cottage in Streatham Vale as an alternative to a HomeBuyer Report?
Sometimes and incorrectly referred to as a Full Structural Survey by many home buyers, it is now defunct and has actually been given a new moniker by RICS and the right name is now the RICS Building Survey.
The HomeBuyer Report is appropriate for a non period unmodified Streatham Vale house of standard building materials i.e. brick and tile. When buying a modified house e.g. a poor condition house - it is now the correct survey to choose. Following an exhaustive survey of any accessible parts of the house, a non prescribed format of report will be posted to the prospective purchaser summarising comprehensive and crucial professional advice about the condition of the house. There are one or two provisos with a property survey insofar as a chartered surveyor cannot (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric of the of the Streatham Vale building e.g. removing the contents of cupboards.
Poor roof maintenance brings up bad memories for us, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What does a chartered surveyor investigate during the survey?
Property in Streatham Vale in otherwise fine condition can be hiding serious damage to the roof, including. 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 a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.
Repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal.