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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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Looking for a Home Buyers Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ilminster

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a property made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ilminster

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Ilminster) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard , for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ilminster

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Ilminster and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ilminster property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the Ilminster property, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Ilminster property's general condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Ilminster Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Deteriorated timber

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Ilminster house what effect will a Condition rating 2 have on 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?

One example issue could be planters and gardens abutting walls. They are visually inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate The condition of decorations to all joinery elements will be covered. A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point. This may not be urgent, however. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Ilminster is an issue. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues does the Property Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Ilminster, and will the RICS surveyor investigate signs of flood damage, or whether flooding has affected other properties?

Flooding has become a major issue, not least because last year was the second wettest on record, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is strongly recommended that action is taken, before any water damage happens.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a Ilminster home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. An awareness of characteristics of the Ilminster area likely to affect the Ilminster home also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Ilminster and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ilminster property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the Ilminster property, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Ilminster property's general condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Ilminster Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Deteriorated timber

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Ilminster house what effect will a Condition rating 2 have on 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?

One example issue could be planters and gardens abutting walls. They are visually inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate The condition of decorations to all joinery elements will be covered. A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point. This may not be urgent, however. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Ilminster is an issue. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues does the Property Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Ilminster, and will the RICS surveyor investigate signs of flood damage, or whether flooding has affected other properties?

Flooding has become a major issue, not least because last year was the second wettest on record, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is strongly recommended that action is taken, before any water damage happens.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a Ilminster home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. An awareness of characteristics of the Ilminster area likely to affect the Ilminster home also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

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