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Homebuyer
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 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
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 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
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing 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, unusually 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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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Birkenshaw

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are buying a property built from standard materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Birkenshaw

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Birkenshaw) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this survey for non standard property such as stone wall or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Birkenshaw

    This is an independent valuation . It is chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Birkenshaw and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Birkenshaw property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it does give a thorough analysis of the Birkenshaw property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not get a Birkenshaw House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Birkenshaw and are looking for residences constructed with Diagonal bond walls. What suggestions can the surveyor make? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick-built Birkenshaw structures do benefit from many advantages in comparison to other forms of building. Unfortunately, they also indicate numerous defects, ranging from crumbling mortar to frost damage. For example, thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks and may require immediate attention. Smith M C may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 0117-967 4213 or 113 Poplar Rd, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 5JS.

Birkenshaw home purchasers may need to consider that selection of different courses and brick making techniques are used in properties built throughout the ages. For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one. The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyors advice.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco regency house in Birkenshaw that I wish to buy.

Stucco is just a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The coating is very grand in appearance and is found on Victorian and Regency houses. Stucco is often problematic and Birkenshaw Building Surveys sometimes focus on defects for instance when movement of the wall results in cracks. Other potential problems could result from the supporting heavy loads such as cracking under the eaves. Re-coating Stucco problems can be costly as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming harder to find.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact can wet weather have on our new property?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which damp weather has on a home is often overlooked by house purchasers. If you have only seen the house in the Summer, issues may have been hidden. Signs that gutters are at risk include a waterlogged garden. Poor drainage can lead to rotten roof timbers.

In most cases, these defects are usually easy to remedy, if not neglected. If not maintained, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Birkenshaw and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Birkenshaw property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it does give a thorough analysis of the Birkenshaw property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not get a Birkenshaw House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Birkenshaw and are looking for residences constructed with Diagonal bond walls. What suggestions can the surveyor make? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick-built Birkenshaw structures do benefit from many advantages in comparison to other forms of building. Unfortunately, they also indicate numerous defects, ranging from crumbling mortar to frost damage. For example, thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks and may require immediate attention. Smith M C may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 0117-967 4213 or 113 Poplar Rd, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 5JS.



Birkenshaw home purchasers may need to consider that selection of different courses and brick making techniques are used in properties built throughout the ages. For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one. The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyors advice.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco regency house in Birkenshaw that I wish to buy.

Stucco is just a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The coating is very grand in appearance and is found on Victorian and Regency houses. Stucco is often problematic and Birkenshaw Building Surveys sometimes focus on defects for instance when movement of the wall results in cracks. Other potential problems could result from the supporting heavy loads such as cracking under the eaves. Re-coating Stucco problems can be costly as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming harder to find.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact can wet weather have on our new property?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which damp weather has on a home is often overlooked by house purchasers. If you have only seen the house in the Summer, issues may have been hidden. Signs that gutters are at risk include a waterlogged garden. Poor drainage can lead to rotten roof timbers.

In most cases, these defects are usually easy to remedy, if not neglected. If not maintained, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

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