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Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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
Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy to understand format
Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of Surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
Exhaustive report
a more in depth survey on construction, issues and defects
Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
On-going maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
Building reinstatement Costs
Included for insurance purposes
Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusual constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
Advice for your Solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.

Which Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in County Durham

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home made of conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in County Durham

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in County Durham) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Select this survey for non standard e.g. mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in County Durham

    This is a professional valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.


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Home Buyers Survey County Durham

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Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham

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Updated: 16/07/14

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing an older converted barn in County Durham. What effect will the structure's box frame structure have on maintenance?

Older construction methods and materials can create difficulties for an owner, and County Durham property built with traditional methods can be a chore to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will often occur in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new building after six monthsin order to repair settlement damage.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property, or cracks which were stable, but are showing signs of fresh movement,may indicate subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

For more details or to arrange repairs, speak to a County Durham builder or specialist, such as Col-Myr Builders (26 Valley View, Sacriston, Durham, DH7 6NX) or Dunn T Ltd (20 Quebec St, Langley Park, Durham, DH7 9XA).

Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic has created issues for us in the past. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What does a home surveyor investigate during the survey?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Houses across County Durham can still be subject to roof maintenance problems, such as incorrectly applied waterproofing. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the trusses to the parapet walls. The RICS surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.

The prospect of large bills for roofing jobs (such as loft insulation) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.

However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Contact Breward Roofing of 1 St Philips Close, Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8BD on 01388 661308 for details.