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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 Cambridge

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are buying a property built from conventional materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cambridge

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Cambridge) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for non standard e.g. stone wall or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cambridge

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Cambridge property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any works or an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will give comprehensive details of the Cambridge property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Cambridge Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the thirties house we are interested to buy we noticed that there was some evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Homebuyer Report in Cambridge write anything on electrical system condition?

When preparing a Cambridge Homebuyer Report the surveyor will comment on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state.

This will include a by sight inspection (without removing any fittings) of the unconcealed areas of the wiring as well as issues like reporting on the condition of the fitted electrical appliances like storage heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings.

Confirming the existence of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the survey.

The IEE suggest a PIR should be carried out every ten years (5 if letting out).

Building Surveys on apartments

If purchasing a poor condition Victorian apartment property - is it necessary to upgrade to a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now known as a Building Survey. If looking into purchasing an unusual Cambridge home like a neglected house, Building Survey is the most appropriate survey. It will provide full and often serious professional advice concerning the homes construction materials in conjunction with any defects, shortly after a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings. Out buildings should be assessed.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a home in Cambridge and noticed the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be repaired.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Cambridge property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any works or an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will give comprehensive details of the Cambridge property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Cambridge Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the thirties house we are interested to buy we noticed that there was some evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Homebuyer Report in Cambridge write anything on electrical system condition?

When preparing a Cambridge Homebuyer Report the surveyor will comment on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state.

This will include a by sight inspection (without removing any fittings) of the unconcealed areas of the wiring as well as issues like reporting on the condition of the fitted electrical appliances like storage heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings.



Confirming the existence of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the survey.

The IEE suggest a PIR should be carried out every ten years (5 if letting out).

Building Surveys on apartments

If purchasing a poor condition Victorian apartment property - is it necessary to upgrade to a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now known as a Building Survey. If looking into purchasing an unusual Cambridge home like a neglected house, Building Survey is the most appropriate survey. It will provide full and often serious professional advice concerning the homes construction materials in conjunction with any defects, shortly after a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings. Out buildings should be assessed.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a home in Cambridge and noticed the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be repaired.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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Recent Cambridge Surveyor Reports

  • Major damp problem due to lack of damp proof course?

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    This property was suffering from a number of damp issues throughout, but the most pronounced was to the bay window area at the front of the house. Rising damp resulting from a lack of DPC or Damp Proof Course was suspected but ruled out by the surveyor. A DPC consists of non permeable...