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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 We inspect 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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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of Surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Exhaustive report
a more in depth 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
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Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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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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Suitable for a older, unusual constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in your area

Martin Tate

BSc Dipl. HI MRICS, MRPSA

Ask Martin a question askasurveyor@surveyorlocal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/16

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

Surveys on flats

Which survey should be chosen for a flat or apartment?

A chartered surveyor requires access to many parts of a property to carry out a thorough building survey. As the owner of a flat or apartment may not have access to any roof or loft space, the surveyor will likely be unable to investigate. In many cases, this may not even be a major concern, if the flat is several floors removed from the roof. This means that a RICS HomeBuyer Report is the appropriate choice if you are buying such a property, rather than the non-standard building survey suitable for older houses.

During a HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor will assess all visible defects, and will also report any specific requests you have. Issues commonly addressed during an apartment survey include poor-quality finishing or installation of kitchen goods etc in new-build apartments, or spalling brickwork and damp-related problems in older properties. Defective plumbing, such as overflow pipes and cisterns, can plague both old and new flats alike.

The HomeBuyer Report has a standard format, and may or may not include smaller details which are unlikely to affect the valuation of the property or your decision to purchase.

In regard to flats which have a history of rental use, deferred maintenance can result in many of these smaller defects requiring some level of work. If this is a concern, ask the surveyor to include these smaller issues in their report.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will rainfall have on our new home in UK?

Regular rainfall is common in UK and across the country, but the effect which rain has on buildings is rarely considered properly by home buyers. Signs that drainage are damaged include spalling masonry. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy. If disregarded, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Gas flame

Does a qualified surveyor give details on the state of repair of the gas installations?

Yes. A chartered surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include gas (and oil heaters) for instance, in addition to gas affiliated fittings for example - chimney linings. However, the UK surveyor won't remove any fittings and he or she won't carry out any tests on the system or appliances. Needless to say, gas is potentially hazardous, should you have any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.

Profile photo of Martin Tate

Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in your area

Martin Tate

BSc Dipl. HI MRICS, MRPSA

Ask Martin a question askasurveyor@surveyorlocal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/16

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.



Surveys on flats

Which survey should be chosen for a flat or apartment?

A chartered surveyor requires access to many parts of a property to carry out a thorough building survey. As the owner of a flat or apartment may not have access to any roof or loft space, the surveyor will likely be unable to investigate. In many cases, this may not even be a major concern, if the flat is several floors removed from the roof. This means that a RICS HomeBuyer Report is the appropriate choice if you are buying such a property, rather than the non-standard building survey suitable for older houses.

During a HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor will assess all visible defects, and will also report any specific requests you have. Issues commonly addressed during an apartment survey include poor-quality finishing or installation of kitchen goods etc in new-build apartments, or spalling brickwork and damp-related problems in older properties. Defective plumbing, such as overflow pipes and cisterns, can plague both old and new flats alike.

The HomeBuyer Report has a standard format, and may or may not include smaller details which are unlikely to affect the valuation of the property or your decision to purchase.

In regard to flats which have a history of rental use, deferred maintenance can result in many of these smaller defects requiring some level of work. If this is a concern, ask the surveyor to include these smaller issues in their report.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will rainfall have on our new home in UK?

Regular rainfall is common in UK and across the country, but the effect which rain has on buildings is rarely considered properly by home buyers. Signs that drainage are damaged include spalling masonry. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy. If disregarded, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Gas flame

Does a qualified surveyor give details on the state of repair of the gas installations?

Yes. A chartered surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include gas (and oil heaters) for instance, in addition to gas affiliated fittings for example - chimney linings. However, the UK surveyor won't remove any fittings and he or she won't carry out any tests on the system or appliances. Needless to say, gas is potentially hazardous, should you have any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.

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