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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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Which Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Colne

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a home constructed from standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Colne

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Colne) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example granite wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Colne

    This is an impartial valuation of the property. This is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Colne and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Colne property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any alterations, you should you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Colne property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Colne Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent mentioned subsidence could be a problem affecting the property. What are the risks, and what subsidence information does the Colne house survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In some older homes cracks may be visible in the Summer months[ that close up in the winter] when the materials contract, absorbing more moisture.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken pipes will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement,

must be halted. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is high levels of rainfall an issue in Colne? Can damaged downspouts decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that heavy rain and the effect it can have on property in Colne are often overlooked. If you have visited the new home in on a clear day, issues may have been hidden. Whether buying in Colne or elsewhere, difficult drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve for a reasonable cost.However, the damage caused, where not unblocked on a regular basis, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the home I expect to move into I think we saw that there was no RCD on the fuse board ; does a surveyor write anything on electrical system condition?

When performing a Home Buyers Survey in Colne the home surveyor should usually make a note on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a hazardous condition. This should include a general inspection of the unconcealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to areas like checking the condition of any fitted electrical appliances, e.g. storage heaters or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear. Reporting on any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician on the property should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Colne.

The IEE recommend a Periodic Inspection be conducted every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Colne and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Colne property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any alterations, you should you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Colne property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Colne Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent mentioned subsidence could be a problem affecting the property. What are the risks, and what subsidence information does the Colne house survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In some older homes cracks may be visible in the Summer months[ that close up in the winter] when the materials contract, absorbing more moisture.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken pipes will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement,



must be halted. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is high levels of rainfall an issue in Colne? Can damaged downspouts decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that heavy rain and the effect it can have on property in Colne are often overlooked. If you have visited the new home in on a clear day, issues may have been hidden. Whether buying in Colne or elsewhere, difficult drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve for a reasonable cost.However, the damage caused, where not unblocked on a regular basis, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the home I expect to move into I think we saw that there was no RCD on the fuse board ; does a surveyor write anything on electrical system condition?

When performing a Home Buyers Survey in Colne the home surveyor should usually make a note on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a hazardous condition. This should include a general inspection of the unconcealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to areas like checking the condition of any fitted electrical appliances, e.g. storage heaters or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear. Reporting on any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician on the property should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Colne.

The IEE recommend a Periodic Inspection be conducted every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

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