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Homebuyer
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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 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.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get brick wall guidelines for upkeep for the converted property we are purchasing?

Brick-constructed apartments in Suffolk do benefit from many advantages, but they can also experience numerous defects, from frost damaged pointing to horizontal cracking. For example, patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and may require immediate attention. For more information, contact a local builder, P H of Beavers Lodge/East Church St, Kenninghall, Norwich, NR16 2EP on 07551 400571.

For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one.

If the Suffolk 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.

Stone block wall damage

Can Portland stone-built property in Suffolk be difficult to repair. Are there specific issues to consider?

Purchasers in Suffolk should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the advent of Portland cement made lime mortar. Maintenance tips include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

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.

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.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get brick wall guidelines for upkeep for the converted property we are purchasing?

Brick-constructed apartments in Suffolk do benefit from many advantages, but they can also experience numerous defects, from frost damaged pointing to horizontal cracking. For example, patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and may require immediate attention. For more information, contact a local builder, P H of Beavers Lodge/East Church St, Kenninghall, Norwich, NR16 2EP on 07551 400571.

For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one.



If the Suffolk 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.

Stone block wall damage

Can Portland stone-built property in Suffolk be difficult to repair. Are there specific issues to consider?

Purchasers in Suffolk should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the advent of Portland cement made lime mortar. Maintenance tips include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

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.

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