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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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Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham


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Updated: 19/03/15

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in County Durham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the County Durham property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make alterations on the County Durham property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the County Durham property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant County Durham Survey Quote on our website or call us 0845 519 9589 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned that there could be asbestos cement sheets at the building. What are the issues with asbestos and will this be a hazard?

Buildings constructed prior to the eighties might contain some asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a noxious silicate material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials such as toilet cistern. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic heat resistance qualities and it may be found in textured coatings. It is mainly found in South Africa.

All forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to displace the asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. Professional

removal of asbestos is costly but absolutely must be conducted by professionals. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos during the survey. They will mention potential asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get Flemish bond advice for the house in County Durham we are buying? What impact do County Durham environmental conditions have?

Brick residences be subject to various issues and defects. For instance, frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely and should be taken very seriously. SJL Brickwork at Unit 117i Wearfield Business & Innovation Centre, Sunderland Enterprise Pk, Sunderland, SR5 2TA should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 0191-516 6806.

A great deal of variety, both in appearance and manufacture of brick building feature in construction throughout County Durham. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. .

The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a home and the vendor has informed us that it has been built with Portland stone. What should we look in to, and what does the survey cover?

External wall maintenance is essential to the health of County Durham buildings. Defects such as deteriorating bedding affect many stone-walled County Durham buildings. Stone quarried in the area is common to local County Durham buildings, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the use of this declined with the introduction of cement. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Todhills Brickworks Quarry, Todhills Brickworks, Newfield, Newfield, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 8BA for details. Call 01388 604071 for more information.