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Homebuyer
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Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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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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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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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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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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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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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
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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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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Which Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Arundel

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to purchase a property made of conventional building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Arundel

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Arundel) is also conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard , for example thatched roof or older properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Arundel

    This is a professional valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Arundel and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Arundel property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Arundel property's condition along with advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Arundel Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We want to put in an offer on a place in Arundel. Is there any London brick maintenance advice we should be aware of?? Will it make a difference if render is applied?

Brick-walled Arundel flats can indicate a number of issues, such as efflorescence. For instance, sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and will destroy the structural integrity of the wall and should be taken very seriously. For more information, contact a local builder, Hand J of 15 Osborne Rd, Crowborough, TN6 2HN on 01892 661752.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Contact a specialist for more information if this is of interest.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Arundel may be a concern. Is this a major risk, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey reveal?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence.

In some cases, subsidence or movement is challenging to identify, as the things which a surveyor will look for could quite easily be as the result of several factors. Inside, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Window frame

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Arundel what does a Condition Rating 1 mean for 'E5 - Windows' ?

One example issue could be a sash window with a damaged mechanism. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. Condition rating one indicates that no repairs are necessary, but this does not mean that no future work is required. Seasonal checks may still be appropriate to prevent deterioration.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Arundel and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Arundel property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Arundel property's condition along with advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Arundel Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We want to put in an offer on a place in Arundel. Is there any London brick maintenance advice we should be aware of?? Will it make a difference if render is applied?

Brick-walled Arundel flats can indicate a number of issues, such as efflorescence. For instance, sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and will destroy the structural integrity of the wall and should be taken very seriously. For more information, contact a local builder, Hand J of 15 Osborne Rd, Crowborough, TN6 2HN on 01892 661752.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Contact a specialist for more information if this is of interest.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Arundel may be a concern. Is this a major risk, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey reveal?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence.

In some cases, subsidence or movement is challenging to identify, as the things which a surveyor will look for could quite easily be as the result of several factors. Inside, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Window frame

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Arundel what does a Condition Rating 1 mean for 'E5 - Windows' ?

One example issue could be a sash window with a damaged mechanism. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. Condition rating one indicates that no repairs are necessary, but this does not mean that no future work is required. Seasonal checks may still be appropriate to prevent deterioration.

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