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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 Winchester

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when buying a home built from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Winchester

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Winchester) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as stone slab roof or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Winchester

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring 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 home in Winchester and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Winchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Winchester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winchester House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual Condition rating 3 defects affecting main walls?

Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. Cracks in brick walls, for example, is included in Section E.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Winchester properties at risk, and does a RICS surveyor check for possible flood damage?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and the value of a residential property in an at-risk area may be impacted. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments. The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, recommend maintenance.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a house in Winchester lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The surveyor may ask the residents about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled property in Winchester create more problems for the buyer? What should we be particularly aware of?

Ranging from Lees Endcliffe Sandstone to Cromwell Sandstone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Problems which impact stone-built homes in Winchester can vary greatly, with issues like deteriorating mortar being quote common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Repair advice often includes using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Winchester should be able to supply local stone.

If, in the course of carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, get in touch with a local firm. Stones, 14 Spring La, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1SD (Phone: 01962 714565), for example, could assist.

HomeBuyer Report

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

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

If the Winchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Winchester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winchester House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual Condition rating 3 defects affecting main walls?

Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. Cracks in brick walls, for example, is included in Section E.



Damage resulting from flooding

Are Winchester properties at risk, and does a RICS surveyor check for possible flood damage?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and the value of a residential property in an at-risk area may be impacted. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments. The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, recommend maintenance.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a house in Winchester lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The surveyor may ask the residents about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled property in Winchester create more problems for the buyer? What should we be particularly aware of?

Ranging from Lees Endcliffe Sandstone to Cromwell Sandstone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Problems which impact stone-built homes in Winchester can vary greatly, with issues like deteriorating mortar being quote common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Repair advice often includes using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Winchester should be able to supply local stone.

If, in the course of carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, get in touch with a local firm. Stones, 14 Spring La, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1SD (Phone: 01962 714565), for example, could assist.

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