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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 Home Buyers Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Staines

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a home made of conventional materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Staines

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Staines) is also conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this survey when buying a non standard e.g. wychert properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Staines

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Staines and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Staines property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Staines property's condition as well as including information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get a Staines House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the house we expect to lease, it looked like there was evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the Staines surveyor report on the wiring and fusebox?

When preparing a Building Survey in Staines a surveyor should usually add detail on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in an unsafe state.

This should include a non invasive (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection of the superficial sections of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of potential areas for concern such as verifying the condition of any fixed electrical appliances, for example heaters or checking the state of a representative sample of light fittings. Examining the documentation from the most recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the survey in Staines.

The IEE advise a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is carried out every ten years (5 if renting out). For expert help from a qualified electrician speak to Powertec Electrical , 1A Dudley Rd, Ashford, TW15 2LF .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a apartment in Staines and saw that the lounge floor was uneven. What subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor review?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs when the ground is forced up rather than down.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Gas flame

Does the chartered surveyor look at the state of the gas supply?

Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This means things like gas (and oil heaters) as part of the Staines survey, as well as gas associated appliances or installations for example - flue/chimney maintenance. External fittings won't actually be undone. The system will not be tested in any way. Gas is potentially fatal, if you have any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Staines and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Staines property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Staines property's condition as well as including information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get a Staines House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the house we expect to lease, it looked like there was evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the Staines surveyor report on the wiring and fusebox?

When preparing a Building Survey in Staines a surveyor should usually add detail on the state of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in an unsafe state.

This should include a non invasive (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection of the superficial sections of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of potential areas for concern such as verifying the condition of any fixed electrical appliances, for example heaters or checking the state of a representative sample of light fittings. Examining the documentation from the most recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the survey in Staines.



The IEE advise a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is carried out every ten years (5 if renting out). For expert help from a qualified electrician speak to Powertec Electrical , 1A Dudley Rd, Ashford, TW15 2LF .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a apartment in Staines and saw that the lounge floor was uneven. What subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor review?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs when the ground is forced up rather than down.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Gas flame

Does the chartered surveyor look at the state of the gas supply?

Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This means things like gas (and oil heaters) as part of the Staines survey, as well as gas associated appliances or installations for example - flue/chimney maintenance. External fittings won't actually be undone. The system will not be tested in any way. Gas is potentially fatal, if you have any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer.

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