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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 Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Suffolk

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to buy a property made of standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Suffolk

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Suffolk) is also carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more thorough. Select this survey for unconventional e.g. stone slab roof houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Suffolk

    This is a professional valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Suffolk and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Suffolk property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Suffolk property's general condition along with an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Suffolk House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservation area

Will there be any factors I need to look into if purchasing a period property in Suffolk near Haverhill Hamlet Road conservation area ?

Haverhill Hamlet Road is in a conservation area and has been classified as at risk by English Heritage, with unknown vulnerability and deteriorating. For further information see their or contact the Haverhill Hamlet Road conservation area administrator. There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in the UK which are designated by the local council. Haverhill Hamlet Road is monitored by Mid Suffolk District Council at Council Offices, 131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL who can be contacted on 01449 724 500.

A Building Surveyors are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local considerations and the effect they have on the building and its value. Property Prices are usually higher than non conservation area equivalents as a result of conservation areas being preserved.

RICS surveyors are trained to advise whether the property is or might be so designated and Section I of your Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted during the conveyancing process. Unauthorised modifications to the building may be advised but these are really more a concern for the solicitor.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Chartered Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco rendered Victorian semi detached home in Suffolk.

Stucco is actually a sort of flat finish render. Typically it is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like appearance. The coating is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency homes. Sometimes it can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as plant fibres to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and Suffolk Building Surveys can focus on issues e.g. trapped water leading to internal damp problems.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts absorbed from bricks. Re-covering Stucco problems can be costly as the skills are becoming rarer.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Suffolk may be an issue. What subsidence-related defects will my property survey look into?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will occur in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Many homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect because the issues which a Suffolk surveyor will seek to find could easily be caused by other factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. 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. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Suffolk surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Suffolk and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Suffolk property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Suffolk property's general condition along with an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Suffolk House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservation area

Will there be any factors I need to look into if purchasing a period property in Suffolk near Haverhill Hamlet Road conservation area ?

Haverhill Hamlet Road is in a conservation area and has been classified as at risk by English Heritage, with unknown vulnerability and deteriorating. For further information see their or contact the Haverhill Hamlet Road conservation area administrator. There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in the UK which are designated by the local council. Haverhill Hamlet Road is monitored by Mid Suffolk District Council at Council Offices, 131 High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DL who can be contacted on 01449 724 500.

A Building Surveyors are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local considerations and the effect they have on the building and its value. Property Prices are usually higher than non conservation area equivalents as a result of conservation areas being preserved.

RICS surveyors are trained to advise whether the property is or might be so designated and Section I of your Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted during the conveyancing process. Unauthorised modifications to the building may be advised but these are really more a concern for the solicitor.



Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Chartered Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco rendered Victorian semi detached home in Suffolk.

Stucco is actually a sort of flat finish render. Typically it is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like appearance. The coating is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency homes. Sometimes it can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as plant fibres to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and Suffolk Building Surveys can focus on issues e.g. trapped water leading to internal damp problems.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts absorbed from bricks. Re-covering Stucco problems can be costly as the skills are becoming rarer.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Suffolk may be an issue. What subsidence-related defects will my property survey look into?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will occur in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Many homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect because the issues which a Suffolk surveyor will seek to find could easily be caused by other factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. 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. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Suffolk surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

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