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Homebuyer
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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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What Home Survey should I select for my intended home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hook Norton

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are purchasing a property built from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hook Norton

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Hook Norton) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for non standard , for example timber frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hook Norton

    This is an independent valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Hook Norton and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Hook Norton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out alterations on the property, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does give you comprehensive details of the Hook Norton property's general condition as well as advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Hook Norton Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled Hook Norton property. What related issues must we watch out for?

Poorly pointed or installed window frames can often cause problems for properties with stone walls. Defects such as deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled properties. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for decoration. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Hook Norton subsidence may be an issue. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In general, homes in Hook Norton are erected with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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 tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for Hook Norton property? Will the Building Survey consider this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. Visible results may be anything from cracked plaster to a hard-to-open drawing room door.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Parcels of waterlogged 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.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Hook Norton and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Hook Norton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out alterations on the property, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does give you comprehensive details of the Hook Norton property's general condition as well as advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Hook Norton Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled Hook Norton property. What related issues must we watch out for?

Poorly pointed or installed window frames can often cause problems for properties with stone walls. Defects such as deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled properties. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for decoration. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Hook Norton subsidence may be an issue. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In general, homes in Hook Norton are erected with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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 tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for Hook Norton property? Will the Building Survey consider this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. Visible results may be anything from cracked plaster to a hard-to-open drawing room door.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Parcels of waterlogged 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.

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