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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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What Home Survey do I need for my planned property purchase in Houndsditch?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Houndsditch

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home made of standard materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Houndsditch

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Houndsditch) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more detailed. Select this for unconventional e.g. wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Houndsditch

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Houndsditch and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Houndsditch property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, you should you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Houndsditch property's condition as well as an opinion on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Houndsditch House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Houndsditch, and will the home buyers survey check for flooding?

Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity could all cause major flooding, and purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the Houndsditch house in question is in danger, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Houndsditch area likely to affect the property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence could be a problem. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses experience some minor cracking. In some older houses cracks may be visible in the Summer months , but these should close up in Winter when the materials soak up moisture.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, undermine foundations to cause subsidence, particularly in clay soil as water is removed from the soil by trees. Signs of potential subsidence include new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in Houndsditch that I wish to buy.

Stucco is really just dense render. Normally stucco is layered over brick hardens to a smooth flat finish. Stucco render is highly aesthetic and was common on some Regency homes. Stucco is often prone to defect and Houndsditch Homebuyer Reports commonly detail any number of problems for example, when movement of the wall leads to cracks that allow for water penetration.

Another example of problems might result from the pressure from heavy loads such as cracking under the roof joists. Fixing problems may be dear as the skills are getting rarer.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Houndsditch and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Houndsditch property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, you should you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Houndsditch property's condition as well as an opinion on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Houndsditch House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Houndsditch, and will the home buyers survey check for flooding?

Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity could all cause major flooding, and purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the Houndsditch house in question is in danger, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Houndsditch area likely to affect the property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence could be a problem. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses experience some minor cracking. In some older houses cracks may be visible in the Summer months , but these should close up in Winter when the materials soak up moisture.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, undermine foundations to cause subsidence, particularly in clay soil as water is removed from the soil by trees. Signs of potential subsidence include new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in Houndsditch that I wish to buy.

Stucco is really just dense render. Normally stucco is layered over brick hardens to a smooth flat finish. Stucco render is highly aesthetic and was common on some Regency homes. Stucco is often prone to defect and Houndsditch Homebuyer Reports commonly detail any number of problems for example, when movement of the wall leads to cracks that allow for water penetration.

Another example of problems might result from the pressure from heavy loads such as cracking under the roof joists. Fixing problems may be dear as the skills are getting rarer.

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