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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 I pick for my planned home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Didcot

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are purchasing a home made of conventional building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Didcot

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Didcot) is also conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard , for example timber frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Didcot

    This is a professional valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Didcot and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Didcot property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Didcot property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Didcot Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will the Property Surveyor examine on a stucco rendered semi detached home in Didcot.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is in fact just a kind of smooth render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying brick that dries to an even finish. It is very appealing and is often found on Victorian houses. It may have lime in it in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Didcot surveyors sometimes report defects which can include trapped moisture leading to damp problems which need attention. Other issues may be when the render is taken down to ground level bypassing the DPC. Resolving problems with stucco can be difficult as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be bugs at the house in Didcot we're buying, but we are not certain. What should we do?

Didcot home buyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can put your health in danger and affect its value. It may not be obvious that a building is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked. As an example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Remedies to insect infestation can include use of insecticides. Your chartered surveyor may report on signs of infestation, especially if you have raised your concerns beforehand. Speak to a pest control specialist, such as Total Pest Control (UK) Ltd, 31 Foxhall Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7AQ on 0123 581 9511, to discuss remedies.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a apartment in Didcot and saw evidence of wall cracks in the garage, could this be evidence of subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor review?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. In some older structures cracks appear in the Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Didcot and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Didcot property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Didcot property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Didcot Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will the Property Surveyor examine on a stucco rendered semi detached home in Didcot.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is in fact just a kind of smooth render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying brick that dries to an even finish. It is very appealing and is often found on Victorian houses. It may have lime in it in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Didcot surveyors sometimes report defects which can include trapped moisture leading to damp problems which need attention. Other issues may be when the render is taken down to ground level bypassing the DPC. Resolving problems with stucco can be difficult as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.



Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be bugs at the house in Didcot we're buying, but we are not certain. What should we do?

Didcot home buyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can put your health in danger and affect its value. It may not be obvious that a building is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked. As an example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Remedies to insect infestation can include use of insecticides. Your chartered surveyor may report on signs of infestation, especially if you have raised your concerns beforehand. Speak to a pest control specialist, such as Total Pest Control (UK) Ltd, 31 Foxhall Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7AQ on 0123 581 9511, to discuss remedies.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a apartment in Didcot and saw evidence of wall cracks in the garage, could this be evidence of subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor review?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. In some older structures cracks appear in the Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

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