Home Buyers Survey Barnstaple

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Barnstaple has a long history going back to Saxon times and has many architectural survivals dating back to earlier eras. For example its Victorian market survives, with its high glass and timber roof on iron columns.

Barnstaple was one of the "privileged ports" of the Spanish Company, (established 1577) whose armorials are visible on two of the mural monuments to 17th century merchants in St Peter's Church, and on the decorated plaster ceiling of the former "Golden Lion Inn", 62 Boutport Street (which became a restaurant next to the Royal and Fortescue Hotel). The Bear Street drill hall, a former military installation, a Grade II listed building, was completed in the early 19th century.

In general, survivals from the 19th century are predominant along with some remnants of earlier buildings. St. Anne's Chapel in the central churchyard is probably the best of the ancient buildings to survive however St Peter's Church's oldest parts most likely date back to the 13th century.

Queen Anne's Walk was erected around 1708 as a mercantile exchange. The Georgian Guildhall is also of interest as well as the Pannier Market beneath. The museum has an "arts and crafts" vibe with its tessellated floors, locally made staircase and decorative fireplaces.

There are, however, many newer build developments up to the present time.

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According to the UK Government's Public Health England, most areas in the locale of Barnstaple, including streets such as Walnut Way and Eliot Close, are subject to raised radon levels, as is most of the south west of England.

The highest radon levels are to Barnstaple's west and north – these have a maximum radon potential of 10-30% (the percentage is the chance of a property being built where Radon emissions might measure above the action level).

On a 'street' level, the Environmental Search always addresses radon levels among its other features – you'll have to get one if you're buying using a mortgage – and depending on the findings, you might be expected to buy a further specialised radon search.
Parish church claims on parishioners for chancel repair, where these occur, can be fairly costly, with individual households possibly being legally required to pay £1,000s.

Buying a chancel repair indemnity insurance policy for a property you're looking to buy is an easy and efficient way of protecting yourself against this possible when you're considering purchasing a property in and around Barnstaple's area. This policy generally costs around £20 to buy and normally covers the policy holder for claims to the limit of £1 million.
Once you've had an offer accepted for a property you're thinking of buying in Barnstaple and its locale, you'll want to assure yourself that any alterations carried out on the property have had the required planning permission granted and/or building control sign-off from the local building control authority.

Getting a local authority search is the speediest way to find out about these matters because it lists applications and permissions granted for both of these subject areas among other useful considerations examined. Depending on the findings, your conveyancing solicitor can raise further enquiries which might entail negotiations with your seller as a result or, if there are severe issues, might make you decide to pull out the purchase entirely.

Your lender will expect you to get this report if you're buying with a mortgage but you're well advised to do so anyway even as a cash buyer.

DevonDevon is a county in South West England and Exeter is its county town. It has two coastlines with both cliffs and sandy shores and the county has many seaside resorts and fishing ports on the coast whereas inland, terrain is rural and predominantly hilly. Population density is low compared to many other counties. The county also contains Dartmoor, the largest open space in southern England. Adjoining counties include Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Largest towns in the county, other than the city of Exeter include Plymouth (a city twice as large in population as Exeter and which is its own unitary authority), Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.

The county has motorway, the M5 (connecting Exeter with Birmingham), and Exeter has an international airport. There are 3 universities in the county; the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and the University of St Mark & St John.

The county contains the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor (shared with Somerset). Devon is famous for cream teas, has its own form of wrestling and contains the only place with an exclamation mark in its name in the UK - Westward Ho!

Listed Building Survey Barnstaple

We have local RICS Listed Building Surveyors who specialise in listed building surveys in Barnstaple. To find out more go to - Listed Building Surveys - Building Surveyor and Survey Cost in Barnstaple

Building Survey Barnstaple Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting North Devon Council at Lynton House, Commercial Rd, Barnstaple EX31 1DG, telephone 01271 327 711, or you can check the local authority website.

Read the following article if you are thinking about building an extension .

Local Building Survey Barnstaple

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Falmouth, Truro, Penzance and Bridgwater.

We employ only expert RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in Barnstaple. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our RICS surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing building surveys on properties in Barnstaple we'll be able to give you the detailed Barnstaple HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.

Home Buyers Survey Barnstaple

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Our Building Surveyor uses their local knowledge of Barnstaple to ensure they deliver a detailed homebuyers report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.

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We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for homebuyers survey reports is within 5 working days.

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Panel of RICS Surveyors

Ranging from 10 to 40 years all of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and have indemnity insurance that covers all of the work they undertake in a Home Buyers Survey in Barnstaple.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

A Home Buyers Survey is a visual inspection of the grounds and the internal/external structure of the property and identifies defects such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

Some of these defects you may not even see or know what to look for which makes getting a Home Buyers Survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, if you are considering buying a property in Barnstaple, incredibly important.

NB If you're a first time buyer, you might wish to click on What is a House Survey to find out more, including what happens during the inspection.

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If the Home Buyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Barnstaple then our surveyor explains what you need to do to get further advice on how to investigate them and get It resolved. 

If you are concerned about your property has any other defects then you MUST get a RICS Home Buyers Survey as the costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds.

If you can identify the defect before you purchase then you can get quotes for fixing it and either share the costs with the seller, or, in worst case examples, choose not to proceed.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.
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Do I have to be present at my survey?

Your RICS surveyor will not normally allow clients to be on site whilst they are inspecting a property.

Firstly, their indemnity insurance only covers themselves, not clients, if any damage was caused to the property during the course of their inspection.

Additionally, as you might expect, they need to concentrate fully on the job at hand and the presence of a client might interrupt their concentration, potentially causing a serious defect to be missed.

Our surveyors always call you post inspection to run through any areas of concern and if you have noticed any areas that look to have a problem we can let your surveyor know about this in advance and they will be sure to pay attention to the matter and note their findings in their report.