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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

Weathered granite wall

What are the implications of buying a property built with granite walls?

Granite is rarely used in modern construction and not often encountered when conducting a Homebuyers Report. However it was quite a common building material in the 18th and 19th century in some parts of the country - mostly the south west of England. If you are buying a period property in one of these areas you may find that granite was used to build parts or even whole walls of your home.

Often granite was used to build the lower courses of the wall and this actually serves well as a damp proof course, minimising the likelihood of rising damp. These walls were typically built with lime mortar but surveyors sometimes discover that cement has been used to patch up areas of pointing. Many find this to be unsuitable from an aesthetic point of view. More importantly the cement does not form a good bond at the margin between the stone and the mortar and this can allow for water ingress.

Once water gets in the freezing and defrosting cycle can lead to cracking which exacerbates the situation allowing more water penetration. Ultimately damp can therefore be an issue. If you are buying a house made of Granite your surveyor will look closely for any issues. As Surveyor Local employ local experts, your surveyor will know exactly what to look for.

Roof damage from heavy snow

Will the surveyor be able to see any historical damage resulting from heavy snowfall?

Snowfall in many parts of the UK is not often heavy or continuous enough to cause severe long-term damage. However, in areas of the country which are more exposed, both frost-thaw cycles and damp caused by melting snow can cause problems. Snow falling on a roof can melt as a result of heat escaping from the home, seep into cracks in roofing tiles and brick work, and then refreeze as the temperature drops.

Over time, this will erode brick and stonework, causing cracks and leaking roofs. The seasonal impact of snowfall can make it difficult to assess a property's exposure, but a surveyor should offer maintenance advice to prevent or mitigate deleterious effects. This can include common sense practices such as clearing snow off the roof, but may also include specific guidance for loft ventilation, insulation and drainage.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I am looking for London brick upkeep guidance - can a UK surveyor assist?

Brick-built UK residential property do benefit from many advantages compared to other types of construction. Unfortunately, they also indicate diverse problems, ranging from signs of movement to lack of a damp proof course. A problem regularly identified is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall.

For example, Flemish bond or sailor bond are both used in UK residential property. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

Weathered granite wall

What are the implications of buying a property built with granite walls?

Granite is rarely used in modern construction and not often encountered when conducting a Homebuyers Report. However it was quite a common building material in the 18th and 19th century in some parts of the country - mostly the south west of England. If you are buying a period property in one of these areas you may find that granite was used to build parts or even whole walls of your home.



Often granite was used to build the lower courses of the wall and this actually serves well as a damp proof course, minimising the likelihood of rising damp. These walls were typically built with lime mortar but surveyors sometimes discover that cement has been used to patch up areas of pointing. Many find this to be unsuitable from an aesthetic point of view. More importantly the cement does not form a good bond at the margin between the stone and the mortar and this can allow for water ingress.

Once water gets in the freezing and defrosting cycle can lead to cracking which exacerbates the situation allowing more water penetration. Ultimately damp can therefore be an issue. If you are buying a house made of Granite your surveyor will look closely for any issues. As Surveyor Local employ local experts, your surveyor will know exactly what to look for.

Roof damage from heavy snow

Will the surveyor be able to see any historical damage resulting from heavy snowfall?

Snowfall in many parts of the UK is not often heavy or continuous enough to cause severe long-term damage. However, in areas of the country which are more exposed, both frost-thaw cycles and damp caused by melting snow can cause problems. Snow falling on a roof can melt as a result of heat escaping from the home, seep into cracks in roofing tiles and brick work, and then refreeze as the temperature drops.

Over time, this will erode brick and stonework, causing cracks and leaking roofs. The seasonal impact of snowfall can make it difficult to assess a property's exposure, but a surveyor should offer maintenance advice to prevent or mitigate deleterious effects. This can include common sense practices such as clearing snow off the roof, but may also include specific guidance for loft ventilation, insulation and drainage.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I am looking for London brick upkeep guidance - can a UK surveyor assist?

Brick-built UK residential property do benefit from many advantages compared to other types of construction. Unfortunately, they also indicate diverse problems, ranging from signs of movement to lack of a damp proof course. A problem regularly identified is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall.

For example, Flemish bond or sailor bond are both used in UK residential property. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

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