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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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably, is this subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. In some older homes cracks are revealed in warmer weather which, as it gets colder, will close up when the materials soak up moisture.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise

the home. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Wood boring House Longhorn Beetle

Does a surveyor check for insect infestation, e.g. house longhorn beetle?

An infestation of wood boring insects can be a serious problem if left untreated. There are 3 main types of insect that account for the majority of infestations discovered by surveyors: Furniture Beetle Account for approximately 3/4 of infestations and particularly common in mid 20th century homes. In fact surveyors find evidence of insect activity in most period homes. Deathwatch Beetle is more common in period properties i.e. 19th century and earlier Wood Boring Weevil common where timbers have had prolonged exposure to damp.

It is worth mentioning that during a HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor does not take up carpets, floor coverings or floorboards, move furniture, remove the contents of cupboards, roof spaces and so on etc. This means that if not exposed, the surveyor will not pick up on insect activity. The Homebuyer Report will however consider all aspects of the construction to assess the potential for damage to hidden timbers. However if you are buying a property in a higher risk category (e.g. over 100 years old) we will advise you to carry out a more extensive 'Building Survey' which is slightly more expensive but more in depth.

If an insect infestation is discovered, surveyors are often able to suggest less costly remedial action than some specialist firms might suggest.

Chemical treatments or replacement if timber treatment may not required and often the infestation is no longer active. It might be that a change to the environment will be sufficient to kill off the insects. This is a good example of how a Home Buyers Survey could save you money as you may otherwise be convinced of a need for more costly action. If infestation is discovered, your surveyor will advise you about your options.

Localised subsidence from mining activity

Is mining related subsidence common?

Mining related subsidence is considered common enough in certain parts of the UK for it to warrant a specific search of the Coal Authority database during the conveyancing process. The Coal Authority owns the definitive database of coal and brine mining which includes the locations of all known opencast and deep mining activity - past and present. It is hardly surprising that subterranean mining activity should impair the stability of the surface and any property which is built upon it. The search will certainly indicate if the property is in an area of big risk such as Cheshire where Brine mining was commonplace.

Ultimately however, it is for the Surveyor to note whether any settlement has actually occurred during the Homebuyer report or Building Survey. Subsidence is the biggest cause of concern for home buyers (and insurance companies) as remedy is typically expensive. Your surveyor will bring their knowledge of the local area and the associated ground conditions to give a context to any cracks they may discover during a survey (for example - homes in North London commonly exhibit signs of historical settlement (as clay sold is prevalent) and a local surveyor will be aware of this.

Typically, when cracks are found, the debate as to whether they are due to historical or on-going movement ensues. This can mean a protracted period of monitoring and ultimate buildings with buildings insurers. It is therefore imperative that the cause of any suspected subsidence is uncovered before buying a property to prevent potentially serious unplanned expense.

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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably, is this subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. In some older homes cracks are revealed in warmer weather which, as it gets colder, will close up when the materials soak up moisture.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise



the home. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Wood boring House Longhorn Beetle

Does a surveyor check for insect infestation, e.g. house longhorn beetle?

An infestation of wood boring insects can be a serious problem if left untreated. There are 3 main types of insect that account for the majority of infestations discovered by surveyors: Furniture Beetle Account for approximately 3/4 of infestations and particularly common in mid 20th century homes. In fact surveyors find evidence of insect activity in most period homes. Deathwatch Beetle is more common in period properties i.e. 19th century and earlier Wood Boring Weevil common where timbers have had prolonged exposure to damp.

It is worth mentioning that during a HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor does not take up carpets, floor coverings or floorboards, move furniture, remove the contents of cupboards, roof spaces and so on etc. This means that if not exposed, the surveyor will not pick up on insect activity. The Homebuyer Report will however consider all aspects of the construction to assess the potential for damage to hidden timbers. However if you are buying a property in a higher risk category (e.g. over 100 years old) we will advise you to carry out a more extensive 'Building Survey' which is slightly more expensive but more in depth.

If an insect infestation is discovered, surveyors are often able to suggest less costly remedial action than some specialist firms might suggest.

Chemical treatments or replacement if timber treatment may not required and often the infestation is no longer active. It might be that a change to the environment will be sufficient to kill off the insects. This is a good example of how a Home Buyers Survey could save you money as you may otherwise be convinced of a need for more costly action. If infestation is discovered, your surveyor will advise you about your options.

Localised subsidence from mining activity

Is mining related subsidence common?

Mining related subsidence is considered common enough in certain parts of the UK for it to warrant a specific search of the Coal Authority database during the conveyancing process. The Coal Authority owns the definitive database of coal and brine mining which includes the locations of all known opencast and deep mining activity - past and present. It is hardly surprising that subterranean mining activity should impair the stability of the surface and any property which is built upon it. The search will certainly indicate if the property is in an area of big risk such as Cheshire where Brine mining was commonplace.

Ultimately however, it is for the Surveyor to note whether any settlement has actually occurred during the Homebuyer report or Building Survey. Subsidence is the biggest cause of concern for home buyers (and insurance companies) as remedy is typically expensive. Your surveyor will bring their knowledge of the local area and the associated ground conditions to give a context to any cracks they may discover during a survey (for example - homes in North London commonly exhibit signs of historical settlement (as clay sold is prevalent) and a local surveyor will be aware of this.

Typically, when cracks are found, the debate as to whether they are due to historical or on-going movement ensues. This can mean a protracted period of monitoring and ultimate buildings with buildings insurers. It is therefore imperative that the cause of any suspected subsidence is uncovered before buying a property to prevent potentially serious unplanned expense.

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