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Homebuyer
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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 do I need for my intended property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Winton

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a property built from conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Winton

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Winton) will also be conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Select this survey for unconventional , for example architecturally unusual properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Winton

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Winton and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Winton property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give comprehensive details of the Winton property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winton Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Winton property with a loft conversion, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. Which issues relating to the property's roof will be reported on?

Winton residences with no other major issues can still be subject to roof maintenance problems, such as ponding. From sheathing to roof battens, every element of the roof must be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Winton, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including badly installed felting.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. A contractor in Winton can provide an estimate.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence has been a problem. What subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey inspect?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be remedied quite easily. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Deteriorated timber

In a Winton HomeBuyer Report what does 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' cover?

Quite a common example is buckled or undulating metal sidings. Section E8 covers more decorative aspects of the property's exterior, inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Any timber or PVC cladding fixed to the main walling are reported on.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Winton and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Winton property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give comprehensive details of the Winton property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winton Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Winton property with a loft conversion, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. Which issues relating to the property's roof will be reported on?

Winton residences with no other major issues can still be subject to roof maintenance problems, such as ponding. From sheathing to roof battens, every element of the roof must be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Winton, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including badly installed felting.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. A contractor in Winton can provide an estimate.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence has been a problem. What subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey inspect?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be remedied quite easily. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Deteriorated timber

In a Winton HomeBuyer Report what does 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' cover?

Quite a common example is buckled or undulating metal sidings. Section E8 covers more decorative aspects of the property's exterior, inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Any timber or PVC cladding fixed to the main walling are reported on.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

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