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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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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.

Asbestos roof tiles

A Cambridge builder commented that there is a danger of blue asbestos Artex present in house. What is asbestos?

Asbestos was not fully prohibited until the late 90's so buildings constructed earlier than then may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example cement. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in ceilings. The main origins of asbestos were South Africa.

All forms are ultimately dangerous and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a one fibre will not kill you.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to displace asbestos and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Getting rid of it can be expensive must always be completed by professionals. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a Cambridge HomeBuyer report. However they will note potential asbestos during the Cambridge survey and should offer advice.

Gas flame

Will the RICS surveyor go into detail on the safety of the gas installations?

A surveyor will visually examine the easily accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the routing of any gas pipes at the building, as well as gas affiliated fittings for example - chimney linings. Should there be any external fittings they however, won't be undone. Gas can be hazardous, should there be any worries about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

Cambridgeshire based local firms include Paul Drew Heating and Plumbing Ltd of 5, South Terrace, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07828170552 and Matt Evans Heating of 38 Sheppard Way, Teversham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07805904281.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Dutch bond brick on this Cambridge house might need repairs - what should we do?

Cambridge properties with brick walls can indicate a range of defects. One particularly serious issue is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Contact several local builders for quotes, including J C Design & Building Services of 12 Staines Rd, Feltham, TW14 0HD on 020 8890 5093.

For home purchasers in Cambridge seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern.

Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

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.

Asbestos roof tiles

A Cambridge builder commented that there is a danger of blue asbestos Artex present in house. What is asbestos?

Asbestos was not fully prohibited until the late 90's so buildings constructed earlier than then may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example cement. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in ceilings. The main origins of asbestos were South Africa.

All forms are ultimately dangerous and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a one fibre will not kill you.



Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to displace asbestos and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Getting rid of it can be expensive must always be completed by professionals. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a Cambridge HomeBuyer report. However they will note potential asbestos during the Cambridge survey and should offer advice.

Gas flame

Will the RICS surveyor go into detail on the safety of the gas installations?

A surveyor will visually examine the easily accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the routing of any gas pipes at the building, as well as gas affiliated fittings for example - chimney linings. Should there be any external fittings they however, won't be undone. Gas can be hazardous, should there be any worries about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

Cambridgeshire based local firms include Paul Drew Heating and Plumbing Ltd of 5, South Terrace, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07828170552 and Matt Evans Heating of 38 Sheppard Way, Teversham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07805904281.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Dutch bond brick on this Cambridge house might need repairs - what should we do?

Cambridge properties with brick walls can indicate a range of defects. One particularly serious issue is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Contact several local builders for quotes, including J C Design & Building Services of 12 Staines Rd, Feltham, TW14 0HD on 020 8890 5093.

For home purchasers in Cambridge seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern.

Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

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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...