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Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting 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
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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
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth 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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Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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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 Building Survey.

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.

Roof damage from heavy snow

Will the surveyor be able to see any historical damage resulting from heavy snowfall?

Snowfall in many parts of the UK is not often heavy or continuous enough to cause severe long-term damage. However, in areas of the country which are more exposed, both frost-thaw cycles and damp caused by melting snow can cause problems. Snow falling on a roof can melt as a result of heat escaping from the home, seep into cracks in roofing tiles and brick work, and then refreeze as the temperature drops.

Over time, this will erode brick and stonework, causing cracks and leaking roofs. The seasonal impact of snowfall can make it difficult to assess a property's exposure, but a surveyor

should offer maintenance advice to prevent or mitigate deleterious effects. This can include common sense practices such as clearing snow off the roof, but may also include specific guidance for loft ventilation, insulation and drainage.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be loose asbestos containing roof tiles at the flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

During a HomeBuyer Report or building survey, the surveyor will check for asbestos, and will confirm if they suspect any is present in the structure. Given the serious risk asbestos poses, a surveyor may be unable to categorically state that a home is asbestos-free, and may recommend that an asbestos specialist be called in to investigate further. Once asbestos is identified, an asbestos removal specialist can be called in to deal with the material.

Asbestos is rightly feared by homeowners, as exposure to the substances' tiny fibres can lead to an increaseed risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and symptoms may not be felt for decades. Some properties are more at risk than others, particularly homes built from the 1930s to 50s, but asbestos has been used for a very wide variety of purposes, from pipe insulation to textured paint.

Importantly, it is not possible to always identify asbestos-containing products on sight. Your surveyor may suggest removal or, possibly, repair. Undisturbed asbestos-containing products can be quite safe, as the fibres are not exposed, but where such a material is damaged the risk increasees significantly. Therefore, asbestos in a home should be monitored regularly, and treated appropriately if and when any damage is found.

Severe coastal erosion

What additional concerns are there when buying a home near the coast?

Buying a coastal home is a dream for many and harsher weathering aside, properties situated by the coast do not present surveyors with undue concern. However there are well publicised and sometimes extreme examples of homes literally falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Coastal erosion is a serious issue to all affected by it but it is unusual and therefore rarely encountered during building surveys. Nevertheless, images of houses poised on cliffs resonates in the minds of anyone contemplating buying very close to the coast.

The East of England, mainly Norfolk, is particularly affected as the sea erodes the cliffs. In areas of high risk, additional efforts to slow or halt erosion have been undertake and failing that, the property may be accordingly priced. Insurance cover could also be an issue and should be investigated prior to purchase.

Coastal properties are often exposed to Wet and salty air which can lead to rust and corrosion to exposed parts of the building and even the property's foundations. The Home Buyers Survey may offer advice on protecting a coastal home to prevent further damage.

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 Building Survey.

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.

Roof damage from heavy snow

Will the surveyor be able to see any historical damage resulting from heavy snowfall?

Snowfall in many parts of the UK is not often heavy or continuous enough to cause severe long-term damage. However, in areas of the country which are more exposed, both frost-thaw cycles and damp caused by melting snow can cause problems. Snow falling on a roof can melt as a result of heat escaping from the home, seep into cracks in roofing tiles and brick work, and then refreeze as the temperature drops.

Over time, this will erode brick and stonework, causing cracks and leaking roofs. The seasonal impact of snowfall can make it difficult to assess a property's exposure, but a surveyor



should offer maintenance advice to prevent or mitigate deleterious effects. This can include common sense practices such as clearing snow off the roof, but may also include specific guidance for loft ventilation, insulation and drainage.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be loose asbestos containing roof tiles at the flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

During a HomeBuyer Report or building survey, the surveyor will check for asbestos, and will confirm if they suspect any is present in the structure. Given the serious risk asbestos poses, a surveyor may be unable to categorically state that a home is asbestos-free, and may recommend that an asbestos specialist be called in to investigate further. Once asbestos is identified, an asbestos removal specialist can be called in to deal with the material.

Asbestos is rightly feared by homeowners, as exposure to the substances' tiny fibres can lead to an increaseed risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and symptoms may not be felt for decades. Some properties are more at risk than others, particularly homes built from the 1930s to 50s, but asbestos has been used for a very wide variety of purposes, from pipe insulation to textured paint.

Importantly, it is not possible to always identify asbestos-containing products on sight. Your surveyor may suggest removal or, possibly, repair. Undisturbed asbestos-containing products can be quite safe, as the fibres are not exposed, but where such a material is damaged the risk increasees significantly. Therefore, asbestos in a home should be monitored regularly, and treated appropriately if and when any damage is found.

Severe coastal erosion

What additional concerns are there when buying a home near the coast?

Buying a coastal home is a dream for many and harsher weathering aside, properties situated by the coast do not present surveyors with undue concern. However there are well publicised and sometimes extreme examples of homes literally falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Coastal erosion is a serious issue to all affected by it but it is unusual and therefore rarely encountered during building surveys. Nevertheless, images of houses poised on cliffs resonates in the minds of anyone contemplating buying very close to the coast.

The East of England, mainly Norfolk, is particularly affected as the sea erodes the cliffs. In areas of high risk, additional efforts to slow or halt erosion have been undertake and failing that, the property may be accordingly priced. Insurance cover could also be an issue and should be investigated prior to purchase.

Coastal properties are often exposed to Wet and salty air which can lead to rust and corrosion to exposed parts of the building and even the property's foundations. The Home Buyers Survey may offer advice on protecting a coastal home to prevent further damage.

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