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Building
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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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Need a Building Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Sheffield

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Sheffield

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Sheffield) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as stone homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Sheffield

    This is an independent valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Sheffield and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Sheffield property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out significant alterations, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Sheffield property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Sheffield Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations be an issue? I am buying a home in Sheffield. Does the Sheffield Building Survey cover this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Factors from fungal decay to low-grade construction materials can cause difficulties for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of several issues. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including uneven soil compaction. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years, such as a difficult-to-open lounge window.

Taking precautions, such as even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Sheffield, what advice would a property surveyor in Sheffield give for a property with English bond walls?

Brick apartments experience diverse problems, including weathering and crumbling mortar. For instance, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and should be taken very seriously. Contact several local builders for quotes, including A & J (City) Ltd of Pot Kiln Chase, Gestingthorpe, Halstead, CO9 3BH on 01787 462110.

E.g. header bond or Scottish bond are both used in Sheffield apartments. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

Building Surveys on flats 1

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey prior to buying an extended Edwardian duplex flat close to Sheffield?

The Full Structural Survey is now called the Building Survey. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a mid century or later unmodified flat assembled from normal building materials. The RICS Building Survey is the appropriate survey for the flat described. Approximately 3 days after an exhaustive survey of all accessible areas, a report (set out in the surveyor's individual format) is sent to the purchaser giving comprehensive and notable information about the state of repair of the home.

There will be certain limitations with a property survey to bear in mind as RICS chartered surveyor will not be able to (unless owners consent provided) force or open up the fabric of the Sheffield flat, an example being moving heavy furniture. Over and above house surveys, flats usually make a full survey more complicated meaning a surveyor is only authorised investigate the flat itself, though the surveyor may also outline information about shared sections of the property like any alarm system. For more details and a comparison of the differences between surveys see the following article.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Sheffield and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Sheffield property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out significant alterations, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Sheffield property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Sheffield Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations be an issue? I am buying a home in Sheffield. Does the Sheffield Building Survey cover this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Factors from fungal decay to low-grade construction materials can cause difficulties for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of several issues. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including uneven soil compaction. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years, such as a difficult-to-open lounge window.

Taking precautions, such as even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable.



External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Sheffield, what advice would a property surveyor in Sheffield give for a property with English bond walls?

Brick apartments experience diverse problems, including weathering and crumbling mortar. For instance, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and should be taken very seriously. Contact several local builders for quotes, including A & J (City) Ltd of Pot Kiln Chase, Gestingthorpe, Halstead, CO9 3BH on 01787 462110.

E.g. header bond or Scottish bond are both used in Sheffield apartments. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

Building Surveys on flats 1

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey prior to buying an extended Edwardian duplex flat close to Sheffield?

The Full Structural Survey is now called the Building Survey. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a mid century or later unmodified flat assembled from normal building materials. The RICS Building Survey is the appropriate survey for the flat described. Approximately 3 days after an exhaustive survey of all accessible areas, a report (set out in the surveyor's individual format) is sent to the purchaser giving comprehensive and notable information about the state of repair of the home.

There will be certain limitations with a property survey to bear in mind as RICS chartered surveyor will not be able to (unless owners consent provided) force or open up the fabric of the Sheffield flat, an example being moving heavy furniture. Over and above house surveys, flats usually make a full survey more complicated meaning a surveyor is only authorised investigate the flat itself, though the surveyor may also outline information about shared sections of the property like any alarm system. For more details and a comparison of the differences between surveys see the following article.

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