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  Homebuyer Report
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Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Swindon

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property constructed from conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Swindon

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Swindon) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Swindon

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Swindon and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Swindon property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swindon property's condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Swindon Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there might be asbestos fireplace affecting the building. Which types of asbestos are a concern and can it be handled easily?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic silicate material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials including insulation.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good resistance to electrical damage properties, it may be found in Fuse box. Technically all forms are deadly and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought without delay. On no account endeavour to get rid of it yourself.

Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos during the survey. However, surveyors will mention potential asbestos and will advise accordingly.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Swindon might be worth checking. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water builds up in the soil, which may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence. In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This dries out and shrinks the clay, putting a strain on the foundations and which causes subsidence. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. 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 surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be bugs at the house in Swindon we're buying, but we are not certain. What should we do?

Houses will often be free of major pests. However, if you do have specific concerns, you should seek advice. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles. Remedies can be disruptive to residents, and may require you to move out during the work in extreme cases. Rather than pulling out, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Swindon and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Swindon property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swindon property's condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Swindon Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there might be asbestos fireplace affecting the building. Which types of asbestos are a concern and can it be handled easily?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic silicate material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials including insulation.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good resistance to electrical damage properties, it may be found in Fuse box. Technically all forms are deadly and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought without delay. On no account endeavour to get rid of it yourself.

Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos during the survey. However, surveyors will mention potential asbestos and will advise accordingly.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Swindon might be worth checking. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water builds up in the soil, which may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence. In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This dries out and shrinks the clay, putting a strain on the foundations and which causes subsidence. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. 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 surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be bugs at the house in Swindon we're buying, but we are not certain. What should we do?

Houses will often be free of major pests. However, if you do have specific concerns, you should seek advice. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, small tunnels in wooded beams may indicate the presence of house longhorn beetles. Remedies can be disruptive to residents, and may require you to move out during the work in extreme cases. Rather than pulling out, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.

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