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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bath

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a property made of conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bath

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Bath) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this option for non standard property such as architecturally unusual buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bath

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Bath and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Bath property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works on the property, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Bath property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Bath Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Bath? Does a Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Bath can have unwanted consequences. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects.. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. A Bath surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

Green (condition rating 1) is the best possible assessment, and confirms that this part of the home is in a good state. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed.

In Bath, an example may be no drip edge on the chimney cap. They should be examined, using binoculars if access to the roof cannot be arranged.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a flat in Bath and saw evidence of there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably. Is this a serious risk, and what subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Bath should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. Often, homes are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that sitting flat and could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Bath and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Bath property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works on the property, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Bath property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Bath Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Bath? Does a Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Bath can have unwanted consequences. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects.. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. A Bath surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.



Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

Green (condition rating 1) is the best possible assessment, and confirms that this part of the home is in a good state. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed.

In Bath, an example may be no drip edge on the chimney cap. They should be examined, using binoculars if access to the roof cannot be arranged.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a flat in Bath and saw evidence of there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably. Is this a serious risk, and what subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Bath should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. Often, homes are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that sitting flat and could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

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Recent Bath Surveyor Reports

  • An example of spalled brick fascias

    By Martin Tate September 29th, 2012

    Spalling is caused by water being allowed to penetrate behind the front edge of brickwork or masonry. During cold spells the water freezes, causes the front edge to flake or “spall” away. As is often found in older properties, once the bricks begin to deteriorate due to frost action, it...