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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 Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Liverpool

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a home built from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Liverpool

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Liverpool) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional , for example timber frame properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Liverpool

    This is an independent valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.


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Updated: 09/10/15

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Liverpool and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Liverpool property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Liverpool property's general condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information get an instant Liverpool Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0845 519 9589 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there is a possibility of asbestos pipe lagging insulation situated in the building. What are the issues with asbestos?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Some types were commonly found in the building materials such as patching compounds. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic fire retarding qualities and it may be found in vinyl flooring. The main origins of asbestos were the US.

All forms are ultimately deadly and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not deadly.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to break the asbestos and expert advice should be sought without delay. Getting rid of it will probably be expensive but absolutely must be conducted by experts. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a Liverpool survey. Your Liverpool surveyor should report on potential asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.

Damaged Render

What will the Surveyor examine on a smooth stucco semi detached home in Liverpool which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is in fact a smooth and flat render. Usually stucco is layered over brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. It is very beautiful and was often applied to Regency houses. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as animal fibres to help prevent cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in Liverpool can detail any number of problems e.g. trapped moisture culminating in problems with damp needing repair.

Another example of problems associated with stucco may involve attack from salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Remedying problems can be dear as renderers are getting more difficult to find.

For a local expert contact Grassendale Plastering, 111, Lumley St., Liverpool, L19 1QZ Tel. 07909 661645

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent mentioned subsidence may be worth checking. What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

Cracks that appear without warning could indicate subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. 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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Recent Liverpool Surveyor Reports

  • Sash window frame with wet rot

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    Wet rot is usually associated with neglect or poor detailing in buildings, occurring in timbers which are continually wet, or having persistent moisture content in excess of around 20%. This can be caused by leaking roofs, joinery exposed to the elements (as was the case in this property) or...