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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 should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Dorset

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a property made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Dorset

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Dorset) is also carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example granite wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Dorset

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Dorset and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Dorset property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give a thorough analysis of the Dorset property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Dorset Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying in Dorset, and think we saw signs of pests in the hallway. Will a house surveyor look into this?

Homes in Dorset are not usually impacted by serious cases of pest problems, but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not recommended. Regrettably, pest problems can be costly to fix and carry serious health risks. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. Remedies to an infestation can include chemical treatment and removal or excision of affected timber. As awareness of less common problems grows, more surveys should identify these and advise on remedies.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have read that clay soil can be the source of maintenance problems for property in Dorset. What should we expect a Dorset Home Survey to include?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with subsidence being a common example. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a property. For example, cracks along the kitchen wall may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Dorset surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Damaged Render

What will a RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered home in Dorset.

Stucco is really just a type of render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying red brick hardens to form a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. The coating is highly beautiful and is common on some Victorian and Georgian homes. Sometimes it can have lime in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Dorset Building Surveys commonly show potentially expensive to remedy problems which can include trapped water resulting in damp problems needing repair

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include attack from salts absorbed from bricks. Re-coating problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as the skills are getting rarer.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Dorset and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Dorset property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give a thorough analysis of the Dorset property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Dorset Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying in Dorset, and think we saw signs of pests in the hallway. Will a house surveyor look into this?

Homes in Dorset are not usually impacted by serious cases of pest problems, but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not recommended. Regrettably, pest problems can be costly to fix and carry serious health risks. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. Remedies to an infestation can include chemical treatment and removal or excision of affected timber. As awareness of less common problems grows, more surveys should identify these and advise on remedies.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have read that clay soil can be the source of maintenance problems for property in Dorset. What should we expect a Dorset Home Survey to include?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with subsidence being a common example. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a property. For example, cracks along the kitchen wall may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Dorset surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Damaged Render

What will a RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered home in Dorset.

Stucco is really just a type of render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying red brick hardens to form a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. The coating is highly beautiful and is common on some Victorian and Georgian homes. Sometimes it can have lime in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Dorset Building Surveys commonly show potentially expensive to remedy problems which can include trapped water resulting in damp problems needing repair

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include attack from salts absorbed from bricks. Re-coating problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as the skills are getting rarer.

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