Home Buyers Survey St Helens

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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 St Helens.

Top tips for a St Helens Home Buyers Survey

St Helens mainly developed in the Industrial Revolution period so most properties observable there only go back as far as this period, barring the odd survival from earlier times. This latter includes the Quaker Friends' Meeting House, which, although it was converted for use by the Quakers in 1678, it had been used for another purpose a long time before then.

St Helens' modern Town Hall was built in 1876 and the Mill Street Barracks were completed in 1861. The Gamble Institute was built in 1896 and is now the town's central library. There are a number of Victorian residential properties visible, mainly terraced and cottages.

St Mary's Low House Catholic Church in North Road was opened in 1929 – it has a 40m tower and a dome of a mixed Gothic and Romanesque style. There are numerous standard construction properties built in various decades of the 20th century, built both privately and municipally, consisting of terraced, semi-detached and detached properties with a number of flat developments.

Church Square shopping centre was built in the early 1970s. Construction has continued to the present day and there are a number of new build developments.

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Sometimes for certain areas you might look to buy in around St Helens, you'll be advised to get a further ground stability search or coal mining search. This advice will be apparent as a recommendation from the findings of the main searches and/or your lender might insist on you getting one as a condition of getting a mortgage, should you be buying with one.

Such a report – in this case a Terrafirma Ground Report – was taken out for a property in Nutgrove Road, St Helens WA9 5JS. This detailed report had an in-depth assessment concerning whether coal or other mining nearby would be likely to cause ground instability and also considered other natural ground perils, recorded ground movement, the presence of radon gas, oil and gas activity and whether there were any mineral mining activities planned.

In the case in question, the only matter flagged up was that the property was located within 1000m of a valid mineral planning permission, however the report also stated that the permission did not mean the area in question had actually been developed and further, that any development was unlikely given the increasing urbanisation of the locale.
The Local Authority Search's main strength is in flagging up any land charges and matters relating to planning permission and building control which might affect the value of a property you're looking to buy.

For example, such a search, bought for a property in Richards Grove, St Helens WA9 2DN revealed that the dwelling was in an area subject to a smoke control order and that while there were no planning permissions lodged for the building, the correct building regulations sign-off had been noted for a gas fire installation and FENSA certificates lodged for a total of 18 windows and 2 doors.

Even an absence of planning permission records can be invaluable to your conveyancing solicitor; if your surveyor notes that alterations have been made to the property which would normally require planning permission, this can trigger your solicitor to make further enquiries to attempt to ascertain the true situation. This might ultimately result in negotiations with your seller, if remedy is required, or you deciding to pull out of the purchase if subsequent projected costs and hassle are adjudged to be too much to proceed to exchange of contracts.
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 in the St Helens area is an easy and efficient way of protecting yourself against this possible eventuality and among many others, one such policy was taken out for a property in Tickle Avenue, St Helens WA9 1RS. This policy generally costs around £20 to buy and normally covers the policy holder for claims to the limit of £1 million.

Listed Building Survey St Helens

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

We have completed HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys near you:

  • Lower Hall Street, St Helens WA10 1GD
  • Ilfracombe Road, St Helens WA9 4NN
  • Milton Street, WA9 4BQ
  • Gregson Road, St Helens L35 5DL
  • Prescot Road, St Helens WA10 3HR

Building Survey St Helens Planning

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting St Helens Council at 3rd Floor, Wesley House, Corporation St, St Helens, Saint Helens WA10 1HF, telephone 01744 676 789, or you can check the local authority website.

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

Local Building Survey St Helens

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Liverpool, Widnes, Warrington, Salford, Bolton, Wigan and Southport.

We work with specialist RICS Building Surveyors to undertake Home Buyers Surveys in St Helens. 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 St Helens we'll be able to give you the detailed St Helens HomeBuyers report that you will need to know and what defects there are with your property.

Home Buyers Survey - What does it cover?

A Home Buyers Survey is completed by a qualified RICS surveyor and delivers a visual inspection of the property in St Helens and the surrounding garden. The aim of the survey, whether a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, is to identify potential risks or defects that you may not know are there such as cracks or damage to the structure of the property, subsidence, damp and infestations.

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Level 2 HomeBuyer Report with a Valuation

A HomeBuyer Report, also known as a Home Buyers Survey, is generally suitable for:

  • Bungalows
  • Flats
  • Standard construction houses

The majority of St Helens's leasehold flats require only a RICS HomeBuyer Report but for any Victorian conversions, a Building Survey may well be required.