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Homebuyer
Report
Building
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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 Building Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Colerne

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are buying a home constructed from conventional building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Colerne

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Colerne) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. stone wall or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Colerne

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Colerne and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Colerne property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Colerne property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Colerne Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Colerne properties at risk, and does a HomeBuyer Report inquire into possible flooding, or whether flooding has affected neighbour's houses?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a house will be secure against flooding, and purchasers and owners are understandably concerned. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the RICS surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

No flood alerts were announced for Colerne, according to the Environment Agency.

*04/01/13

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Colerne home built in the early 60s, but it has clay foundations. Does a Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Clay soil can create several issues for property owners. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Steps like removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Stone block wall damage

Can property partially constructed with stone create upkeep problems for buyers? Are there specific factors to consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include erosion. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. In addition, lime mortar may feature in the building's construction. Repair advice often includes repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. Purchasers renovating Colerne homes should be aware that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey. To source stone quarried in Colerne, you can contact local suppliers.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Colerne and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Colerne property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Colerne property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Colerne Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Colerne properties at risk, and does a HomeBuyer Report inquire into possible flooding, or whether flooding has affected neighbour's houses?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a house will be secure against flooding, and purchasers and owners are understandably concerned. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the RICS surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

No flood alerts were announced for Colerne, according to the Environment Agency.

*04/01/13



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Colerne home built in the early 60s, but it has clay foundations. Does a Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Clay soil can create several issues for property owners. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Steps like removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Stone block wall damage

Can property partially constructed with stone create upkeep problems for buyers? Are there specific factors to consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include erosion. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. In addition, lime mortar may feature in the building's construction. Repair advice often includes repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. Purchasers renovating Colerne homes should be aware that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey. To source stone quarried in Colerne, you can contact local suppliers.

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