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Homebuyer
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Building
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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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Need a Home Survey ? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Calcot

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to buy a property made of conventional materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Calcot

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Calcot) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more thorough. Select this for unconventional e.g. timber frame or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Calcot

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Calcot and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Calcot property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations on the property, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Calcot property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Calcot Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been told that clay soil can be the cause of many issues for homes in Calcot. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this?

Clay soil can create several issues for property owners, with soil compaction or compression and swelling of the soil being relatively common. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco coated Victorian home in Calcot that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is actually just a type of render. Normally it is applied to red brick to form an even finish. Stucco is very aesthetic and is often found on Victorian houses for example. Stucco is often prone to defect and Calcot Homebuyer Reports commonly reveal potentially expensive to remedy problems e.g. when movement of the underlying wall leads to cracks

Another example of problems may result from the burden of heavy load above such as cracking under the roof joists. Remedying Stucco problems can be expensive as renderers are becoming more difficult to find.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Calcot subsidence could be a concern. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new structure after some months in order to repair settlement damage.

Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground and could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Calcot and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Calcot property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations on the property, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Calcot property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Calcot Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been told that clay soil can be the cause of many issues for homes in Calcot. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this?

Clay soil can create several issues for property owners, with soil compaction or compression and swelling of the soil being relatively common. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.



Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco coated Victorian home in Calcot that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is actually just a type of render. Normally it is applied to red brick to form an even finish. Stucco is very aesthetic and is often found on Victorian houses for example. Stucco is often prone to defect and Calcot Homebuyer Reports commonly reveal potentially expensive to remedy problems e.g. when movement of the underlying wall leads to cracks

Another example of problems may result from the burden of heavy load above such as cracking under the roof joists. Remedying Stucco problems can be expensive as renderers are becoming more difficult to find.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Calcot subsidence could be a concern. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new structure after some months in order to repair settlement damage.

Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground and could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

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