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Homebuyer
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Building
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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 property survey should I choose for my intended home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Woodside

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a home made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Woodside

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Woodside) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched roof or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Woodside

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically 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 opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Woodside and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Woodside property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make major works, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Woodside property's state of repair as well as advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Woodside House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a house in Woodside and noticed that there is a 12mm gap between the dining room wall and the door frame, could this be evidence of subsidence? What are the risks, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Stone block wall damage

Can Ham Hill stone-built homes be hard to upkeep. What defects must we watch out for?

Purchasers in Woodside should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues including deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled property. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. These are employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.

Common guidance may include replacing missing or badly worn stones.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a Woodside HomeBuyer Report can you give examples of Condition rating 2 defects affecting 'E2 - Roof coverings' ?

Flat and sloping roofs are comprehensively checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. Signs of ridging or fishmouths, for example, is included in Section E.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike some more complex survey reports. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Woodside and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Woodside property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make major works, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Woodside property's state of repair as well as advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Woodside House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a house in Woodside and noticed that there is a 12mm gap between the dining room wall and the door frame, could this be evidence of subsidence? What are the risks, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.



The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Stone block wall damage

Can Ham Hill stone-built homes be hard to upkeep. What defects must we watch out for?

Purchasers in Woodside should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues including deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled property. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. These are employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.

Common guidance may include replacing missing or badly worn stones.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a Woodside HomeBuyer Report can you give examples of Condition rating 2 defects affecting 'E2 - Roof coverings' ?

Flat and sloping roofs are comprehensively checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. Signs of ridging or fishmouths, for example, is included in Section E.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike some more complex survey reports. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however.

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