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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 Home Buyers Survey? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Southampton

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are purchasing a home constructed from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Southampton

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Southampton) is also conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example architecturally unusual homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Southampton

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing 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 on a home in Southampton and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Southampton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Southampton property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Southampton House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Looking for a house survey in Southampton

Surveyor Local has years of experience of property and structural investigation and reporting throughout Hampshire.

We are particularly familiar with the residential property market and having seen numerous cycles in the local property market, are adept at providing accurate property valuations. In fact Surveyor Local's surveyors are all independent so when it comes to impartial (non mortgage lender tied) advice, you can be sure you are getting an independent opinion.

The following are some of our local observations about property and conditions in the area:

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Most homes in Southampton are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Many houses develop superficial cracks in a wall surface, due to settlement. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns we need to be conscious of when buying a home in Southampton in conservation area ?

There are many thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local councils. Surveyors in Southampton are required by RICS to possess relevant knowledge of local area factors and any connection may have with the building and its value. Values is generally higher owing to the areas retaining original features.

Surveyors are trained to inform you if the home could be is designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Homebuyer Report will recommend the proper questions are carried out as part of the legal process.

Unapproved adjustments to the building should be noted in the survey, however these should be concern for the solicitor. Bernard Chill and Axtell are based in 24 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1XL should be prepared to tell you what to look out for. Tel: 023 8022 8821

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact does rainfall have on a property?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the impact high levels of rainfall can have on a residence is overlooked by home buyers. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spalling masonry. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Fortunately, problems with drains are usually easy to resolve.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Southampton and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Southampton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Southampton property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Southampton House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Looking for a house survey in Southampton

Surveyor Local has years of experience of property and structural investigation and reporting throughout Hampshire.

We are particularly familiar with the residential property market and having seen numerous cycles in the local property market, are adept at providing accurate property valuations. In fact Surveyor Local's surveyors are all independent so when it comes to impartial (non mortgage lender tied) advice, you can be sure you are getting an independent opinion.

The following are some of our local observations about property and conditions in the area:

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Most homes in Southampton are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.



Many houses develop superficial cracks in a wall surface, due to settlement. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns we need to be conscious of when buying a home in Southampton in conservation area ?

There are many thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local councils. Surveyors in Southampton are required by RICS to possess relevant knowledge of local area factors and any connection may have with the building and its value. Values is generally higher owing to the areas retaining original features.

Surveyors are trained to inform you if the home could be is designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Homebuyer Report will recommend the proper questions are carried out as part of the legal process.

Unapproved adjustments to the building should be noted in the survey, however these should be concern for the solicitor. Bernard Chill and Axtell are based in 24 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1XL should be prepared to tell you what to look out for. Tel: 023 8022 8821

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact does rainfall have on a property?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the impact high levels of rainfall can have on a residence is overlooked by home buyers. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spalling masonry. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Fortunately, problems with drains are usually easy to resolve.

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Recent Southampton Surveyor Reports

  • Dangerous unsupported bricks on Southampton property

    By  June 8th, 2013

      The following observations were made during a full structural survey (no know as a 'Building Survey') carried out on this 1950's property near Southampton The external walls of the house were examined and noted to be 265mm thick cavity walling with fletton facing bricks to the...

  • Partially removed chimney in poor repair on Southampton semi

    By  June 7th, 2013

    There was chimney stack in poor state of repair on the roof slope of this semi detached property in Southampton. Specifically the mortar joints were beginning to erode and some future repointing will be required. Unfortunately, due to an unsuitable vantage point on the Building...