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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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Which Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Penrith

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice when buying a home constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Penrith

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Penrith) will also be carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for non standard e.g. mundic properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Penrith

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Penrith and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

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

If the Penrith property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any works or an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Penrith property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Penrith Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Penrith, and the home's foundations have been built on clay soil. Can the House Survey consider this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Specific issues include soil swelling. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. 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! During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.

External walls

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Penrith, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. As buyers in Penrith are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific house being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

An example defect for this is bowing, leaning or bulging brick walls. Note that concealed elements will not be considered, an in-depth building survey may be required if serious foundational issues are suspected. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the home I am meaning to buy I noticed that there is old wiring; will a Homebuyer Report in Penrith write anything on the wiring and fusebox?

When conducting a Penrith Homebuyer Report your RICS surveyor will report on the condition of the electrics if it appears that they are in an unsatisfactory condition. This will include a visual inspection (without removing any fittings) of the accessible parts of the wiring and other areas e.g. examining the condition of fitted electrical appliances, e.g. electric showers or the state of residual circuit breakers.

Confirming the existence of any evidence of the most recent PIR handled by an electrician will form part of the survey.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Penrith and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

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

If the Penrith property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any works or an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Penrith property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Penrith Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Penrith, and the home's foundations have been built on clay soil. Can the House Survey consider this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Specific issues include soil swelling. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. 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! During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.



External walls

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Penrith, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. As buyers in Penrith are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific house being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

An example defect for this is bowing, leaning or bulging brick walls. Note that concealed elements will not be considered, an in-depth building survey may be required if serious foundational issues are suspected. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the home I am meaning to buy I noticed that there is old wiring; will a Homebuyer Report in Penrith write anything on the wiring and fusebox?

When conducting a Penrith Homebuyer Report your RICS surveyor will report on the condition of the electrics if it appears that they are in an unsatisfactory condition. This will include a visual inspection (without removing any fittings) of the accessible parts of the wiring and other areas e.g. examining the condition of fitted electrical appliances, e.g. electric showers or the state of residual circuit breakers.

Confirming the existence of any evidence of the most recent PIR handled by an electrician will form part of the survey.

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