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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 Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kettering

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if buying a home constructed from standard materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kettering

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Kettering) is also carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this survey for non standard property such as thatched or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kettering

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Kettering and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Kettering property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will give you comprehensive details of the Kettering property's state of repair along with information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Kettering Home Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A home we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does the Kettering Building Survey cover this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a home, with subsidence being a common example. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects.. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Kettering, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the home we are intending to lease it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, will the Kettering surveyor advise electrical defects?

When conducting a Homebuyer Report in Kettering your RICS surveyor will usually comment on the state of the electrics if it is suspected that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state of repair.

This should include a visual look-over of open or exposed sections of the wiring in addition to things like looking at the external or remote installations such as power in garages. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by an electrician should usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Kettering. A check for the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey.

Defective door frame

For the Kettering HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects impacting 'E6 - Outside doors' ?

Outside doors are to be opened and closed, assuming keys are available. Broadly speaking, the type and condition of the property's windows are included in the report. Water leaks around door frames is one example.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. As buyers in Kettering are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house buyers in Kettering a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific Kettering house or flat being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Kettering and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Kettering property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will give you comprehensive details of the Kettering property's state of repair along with information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Kettering Home Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A home we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does the Kettering Building Survey cover this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a home, with subsidence being a common example. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects.. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Kettering, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.



Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the home we are intending to lease it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, will the Kettering surveyor advise electrical defects?

When conducting a Homebuyer Report in Kettering your RICS surveyor will usually comment on the state of the electrics if it is suspected that the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state of repair.

This should include a visual look-over of open or exposed sections of the wiring in addition to things like looking at the external or remote installations such as power in garages. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by an electrician should usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Kettering. A check for the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey.

Defective door frame

For the Kettering HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects impacting 'E6 - Outside doors' ?

Outside doors are to be opened and closed, assuming keys are available. Broadly speaking, the type and condition of the property's windows are included in the report. Water leaks around door frames is one example.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. As buyers in Kettering are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house buyers in Kettering a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific Kettering house or flat being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.

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