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Report
Building
Survey
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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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 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
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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On-going 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, unusual 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 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

BSc, ARICS

Ask Alan a question askasurveyor@surveyorlocal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/16

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 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A home we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a County Durham Home Survey look into this?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a County Durham house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect should rain have on a County Durham building? Could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact wet conditions can have on a house is ignored. If you have investigated the home in good weather, obvious defects may be harder to find.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply.

Profile photo of Alan Gardiner

Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham

BSc, ARICS

Ask Alan a question askasurveyor@surveyorlocal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/16

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 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A home we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a County Durham Home Survey look into this?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a County Durham house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect should rain have on a County Durham building? Could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact wet conditions can have on a house is ignored. If you have investigated the home in good weather, obvious defects may be harder to find.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply.

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