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Homebuyer
Report
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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What HomeBuyers Survey should I select for my house purchase in Chard?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Chard

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to buy a property made of standard materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chard

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Chard) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for non standard , for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chard

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by cash purchasers or anyone requiring 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 for a property in Chard and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Chard property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Chard property's condition as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a Chard Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should we be aware of if buying a building proximate to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms including domestic rubbish disposal. No one ideally wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns include methane gas generation. Potential health problems for example abdominal wall problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Chard RICS surveyors will note structural problems linked to the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases and South Somerset Local Authority and address any concerns you may have .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder mentioned subsidence might be worth checking. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the home survey?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Chard should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In some older buildings cracks are noticeable in Summer that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken drainage will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Chimney stacks

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Chard house, can you give some examples of Condition rating 2 defects for chimney stacks?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. As buyers in Chard are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point, but this may not be urgent. Chimney stacks are reviewed visually, using binoculars as required. A chimney which is too short above the roof level, for example, would be reported here.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Chard and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Chard property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Chard property's condition as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a Chard Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should we be aware of if buying a building proximate to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms including domestic rubbish disposal. No one ideally wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns include methane gas generation. Potential health problems for example abdominal wall problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Chard RICS surveyors will note structural problems linked to the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases and South Somerset Local Authority and address any concerns you may have .



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder mentioned subsidence might be worth checking. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the home survey?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Chard should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In some older buildings cracks are noticeable in Summer that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken drainage will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Chimney stacks

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Chard house, can you give some examples of Condition rating 2 defects for chimney stacks?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. As buyers in Chard are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point, but this may not be urgent. Chimney stacks are reviewed visually, using binoculars as required. A chimney which is too short above the roof level, for example, would be reported here.

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