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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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Which Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Rochester

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to purchase a home built from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Rochester

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Rochester) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional , for example box frame construction homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Rochester

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Rochester and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is effectively the same.

If the Rochester property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Rochester property's state of repair along with information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Rochester House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Traditionally built property

I am buying a farmhouse in Rochester. What impact will the construction have on maintenance?

Some buyers have considered buying a old, characterful home one day. A building's age, however, can worry purchasers. Rochester houses employing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be expensive to maintain. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may mean long-term upkeep. Mention this to the surveyor for more detail. Erected between 1075 and 1427, Cathedral, Gundulf Door in Rochester is a traditional cathedral of the time.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Rochester property and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. Does a Rochester House Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. In Rochester's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. 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! There is a real benefit in booking a Rochester surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited a property we are meaning to acquire, it looked like there is an unsafe electrical system - does a Homebuyer Report in Rochester go into detail on the wiring and fusebox?

When conducting a Rochester Home Survey the RICS surveyor should remark on the state of the electrics if it looks like they are in an unsafe state of repair. A Home surveyor should also possible problems relating to things like inspecting any outside installations e.g. outbuildings or any external power sockets. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the survey. Inspecting the evidence of any recent PIR conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the survey.

The IEE strongly advise a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition be conducted every ten years (or every 5 if letting out).

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Rochester and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is effectively the same.

If the Rochester property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Rochester property's state of repair along with information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Rochester House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Traditionally built property

I am buying a farmhouse in Rochester. What impact will the construction have on maintenance?

Some buyers have considered buying a old, characterful home one day. A building's age, however, can worry purchasers. Rochester houses employing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be expensive to maintain. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may mean long-term upkeep. Mention this to the surveyor for more detail. Erected between 1075 and 1427, Cathedral, Gundulf Door in Rochester is a traditional cathedral of the time.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Rochester property and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. Does a Rochester House Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. In Rochester's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. 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! There is a real benefit in booking a Rochester surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited a property we are meaning to acquire, it looked like there is an unsafe electrical system - does a Homebuyer Report in Rochester go into detail on the wiring and fusebox?

When conducting a Rochester Home Survey the RICS surveyor should remark on the state of the electrics if it looks like they are in an unsafe state of repair. A Home surveyor should also possible problems relating to things like inspecting any outside installations e.g. outbuildings or any external power sockets. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the survey. Inspecting the evidence of any recent PIR conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the survey.

The IEE strongly advise a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition be conducted every ten years (or every 5 if letting out).

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