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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Swansea

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

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Swansea

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Swansea) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Swansea

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Swansea and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is essentially the same survey.

If the Swansea property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swansea property's condition as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Swansea House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned that there could be powdery asbestos wallpaper in the house. What is asbestos?

Buildings built prior to the mid 80's will contain some asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials such as roof tiles.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good tensile strength properties, it may be found in roof gutters. Most asbestos was imported from Canada.

All forms including Chrysotile are deadly and might lead to lung cancer or fibrosis if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.

If found, care should be taken not to move the asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. Removing it is costly but absolutely must be conducted by experts.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. However, surveyors will report on potential asbestos risks and will inform you of the options.

Damage resulting from flooding

When buying in Swansea, should we be concerned about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report look for possible flooding damage?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and buyers and owners are understandably concerned. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house or on adjacent sites. The property surveyor may ask the agent about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Swansea subsidence may be worth checking. What subsidence-related defects will my Home Buyers Survey examine?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. In addition, some homes are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a wall, as a result of settlement. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Swansea and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is essentially the same survey.

If the Swansea property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swansea property's condition as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Swansea House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned that there could be powdery asbestos wallpaper in the house. What is asbestos?

Buildings built prior to the mid 80's will contain some asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials such as roof tiles.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good tensile strength properties, it may be found in roof gutters. Most asbestos was imported from Canada.

All forms including Chrysotile are deadly and might lead to lung cancer or fibrosis if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.

If found, care should be taken not to move the asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. Removing it is costly but absolutely must be conducted by experts.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. However, surveyors will report on potential asbestos risks and will inform you of the options.



Damage resulting from flooding

When buying in Swansea, should we be concerned about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report look for possible flooding damage?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and buyers and owners are understandably concerned. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house or on adjacent sites. The property surveyor may ask the agent about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Swansea subsidence may be worth checking. What subsidence-related defects will my Home Buyers Survey examine?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. In addition, some homes are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a wall, as a result of settlement. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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