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Homebuyer
Report
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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bitterne

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected if buying a property built from standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bitterne

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Bitterne) is also carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional , for example thatched roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bitterne

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Bitterne and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same.

If the Bitterne property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Bitterne property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get an instant Bitterne Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it best to go for a full structural survey before purchasing a modified Edwardian cottage near Bitterne?

Full Structural Surveys have been renamed as the Building Surveys. You should choose the Building Survey for the house you are contemplating. The HomeBuyer Report is all you really need if investigating a post fifties unmodified Bitterne home of normal construction materials and methods. You should be aware of one or two restrictions exist with a Building Survey as a Bitterne surveyor is not authorised, unless safe to do so and with consent from the owner, open up the structure of the property for example, or inspect under floor (unless accessible).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Bitterne, and the property's foundations have been built on clay soil. Does the Bitterne Building Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay, with sub-soil shrinkage and soil movement being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! There is a real benefit in booking a Bitterne surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. 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.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a property with a converted attic in Bitterne - What aspects of the loft will be looked into for the survey?

Bitterne residences in good condition will suffer dry rot, among a range of other roofing issues. Every element should be checked, e.g. trusses. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Bitterne, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the house surveyors will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

The maintenance of a roof need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A roofing contractor in the local area can provide an estimate. Speak to SPP Roofing of 106 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9HG on 023 8044 6629 for details.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Bitterne and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same.

If the Bitterne property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Bitterne property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get an instant Bitterne Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it best to go for a full structural survey before purchasing a modified Edwardian cottage near Bitterne?

Full Structural Surveys have been renamed as the Building Surveys. You should choose the Building Survey for the house you are contemplating. The HomeBuyer Report is all you really need if investigating a post fifties unmodified Bitterne home of normal construction materials and methods. You should be aware of one or two restrictions exist with a Building Survey as a Bitterne surveyor is not authorised, unless safe to do so and with consent from the owner, open up the structure of the property for example, or inspect under floor (unless accessible).



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Bitterne, and the property's foundations have been built on clay soil. Does the Bitterne Building Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay, with sub-soil shrinkage and soil movement being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! There is a real benefit in booking a Bitterne surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. 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.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a property with a converted attic in Bitterne - What aspects of the loft will be looked into for the survey?

Bitterne residences in good condition will suffer dry rot, among a range of other roofing issues. Every element should be checked, e.g. trusses. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Bitterne, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the house surveyors will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

The maintenance of a roof need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A roofing contractor in the local area can provide an estimate. Speak to SPP Roofing of 106 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9HG on 023 8044 6629 for details.

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