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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 property survey should I pick for my prospective home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cowley

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are purchasing a property made of conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cowley

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Cowley) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cowley

    This is an independent valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Cowley and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Cowley property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give comprehensive details of the Cowley property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Cowley Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1810s Cowley property with stone walls. What potential issues must we watch out for?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include deteriorating bedding.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material.

Home Buyers Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. An example would be replacing missing or badly worn stones.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Nexen Exploration UK Ltd, Charter Place, Vine Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JG, which quarries Coalbed Methane, for details. Call 01895 237700 for more information.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems? I am buying a property in Cowley. Does a Cowley Home Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with uneven soil compaction and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. For example, cracked plaster may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like swift repair of any collapsed drains. Patches of very dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic caused problems in the past, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What will our building surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?

This is often asked by Cowley buyers who know that homes could feature roof maintenance problems. From clay tiles to collar beams, the whole roof should be investigated. The Cowley surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Cowley, but it is a health and safety necessity. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a Cowley roofing contractor can provide one.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Cowley and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Cowley property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give comprehensive details of the Cowley property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Cowley Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1810s Cowley property with stone walls. What potential issues must we watch out for?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include deteriorating bedding.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material.

Home Buyers Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. An example would be replacing missing or badly worn stones.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Nexen Exploration UK Ltd, Charter Place, Vine Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1JG, which quarries Coalbed Methane, for details. Call 01895 237700 for more information.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems? I am buying a property in Cowley. Does a Cowley Home Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with uneven soil compaction and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. For example, cracked plaster may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like swift repair of any collapsed drains. Patches of very dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic caused problems in the past, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What will our building surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?

This is often asked by Cowley buyers who know that homes could feature roof maintenance problems. From clay tiles to collar beams, the whole roof should be investigated. The Cowley surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Cowley, but it is a health and safety necessity. If a estimate for roofing work is required, a Cowley roofing contractor can provide one.

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