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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 Survey is the best choice for my home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ottery St Mary

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a home constructed from standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ottery St Mary

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Ottery St Mary) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this survey for unconventional , for example cellared buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ottery St Mary

    This is an independent valuation . This report is chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Home Buyers Survey Ottery St Mary

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Ottery St Mary and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ottery St Mary property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Ottery St Mary property's state of repair and it includes information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Ottery St Mary House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

Condition rating one indicates that no repairs are necessary. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Ottery St Mary are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the impact on the property individual defects may have.

For a Ottery St Mary house, one example could be efflorescence on the chimney stack. Chimney stacks are visually inspected with binoculars as required.

Damaged Render

What will my Ottery St Mary Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in Ottery St Mary that we intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact a form of render. Typically stucco is applied to brick that sets to a smooth and even finish. Stucco is very appealing and is common on some Georgian buildings. It is similar to plaster. it can be prone to defect and Ottery St Mary surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems such as when stucco is exposed to constant driving rain which gets saturated and thus prone to frost damage. Other issues may result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Re-covering problems with stucco may be dear as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Can we expect the House Survey to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Ottery St Mary buyers. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Visible results may be anything from widening cracks to sticking window frames. Steps like avoiding planting trees too near the house, and pruning where necessary can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. 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.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Ottery St Mary and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ottery St Mary property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Ottery St Mary property's state of repair and it includes information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Ottery St Mary House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

Condition rating one indicates that no repairs are necessary. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Ottery St Mary are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the impact on the property individual defects may have.

For a Ottery St Mary house, one example could be efflorescence on the chimney stack. Chimney stacks are visually inspected with binoculars as required.



Damaged Render

What will my Ottery St Mary Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in Ottery St Mary that we intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact a form of render. Typically stucco is applied to brick that sets to a smooth and even finish. Stucco is very appealing and is common on some Georgian buildings. It is similar to plaster. it can be prone to defect and Ottery St Mary surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems such as when stucco is exposed to constant driving rain which gets saturated and thus prone to frost damage. Other issues may result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Re-covering problems with stucco may be dear as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Can we expect the House Survey to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Ottery St Mary buyers. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Visible results may be anything from widening cracks to sticking window frames. Steps like avoiding planting trees too near the house, and pruning where necessary can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. 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.

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