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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 Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Budleigh Salterton

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are buying a property built from conventional building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Budleigh Salterton

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Budleigh Salterton) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as granite wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Budleigh Salterton

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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  • Full Structural Survey
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Home Buyers Survey Budleigh Salterton

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Budleigh Salterton and which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Budleigh Salterton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Budleigh Salterton property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Budleigh Salterton Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External walls

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Budleigh Salterton, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?

Issues requiring some attention are labelled condition rating 2, but this may not be urgent.

A fairly common example may be mortar of a veneer wall that has badly deteriorated. All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Budleigh Salterton builder mentioned subsidence could be an issue. What subsidence information does the Budleigh Salterton house survey include?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Often, homes in Budleigh Salterton are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks that appear without warning may be a strong indication of subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. 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. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Budleigh Salterton home and am concerned that the clay soil foundations have suffered some subsidence. Will the Budleigh Salterton House Survey look into this?

Factors from fungal decay to flooding can cause problems for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues. Specific issues include soil movement. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Signs like warped window frames in the lounge can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Budleigh Salterton, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Budleigh Salterton and which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Budleigh Salterton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Budleigh Salterton property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Budleigh Salterton Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External walls

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Budleigh Salterton, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?

Issues requiring some attention are labelled condition rating 2, but this may not be urgent.

A fairly common example may be mortar of a veneer wall that has badly deteriorated. All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence


A Budleigh Salterton builder mentioned subsidence could be an issue. What subsidence information does the Budleigh Salterton house survey include?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Often, homes in Budleigh Salterton are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks that appear without warning may be a strong indication of subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. 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. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Budleigh Salterton home and am concerned that the clay soil foundations have suffered some subsidence. Will the Budleigh Salterton House Survey look into this?

Factors from fungal decay to flooding can cause problems for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues. Specific issues include soil movement. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Signs like warped window frames in the lounge can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Budleigh Salterton, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

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