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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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Which Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Essex

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are purchasing a home constructed from standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Essex

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Essex) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this when buying a non standard , for example wychert or older properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Essex

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Essex and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Essex property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give a thorough analysis of the Essex property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a Essex House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Essex homes built on clay soil can experience problems. Can my Home Buyers Survey investigate this?

Factors from Japanese knotweed to insect infestation can cause problems for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Specific issues include soil movement. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a structure. For example, small cracks in the living room floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Essex, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Shocking Electrics

When I visited the period property I am intending to move into, it appeared that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system - will a Essex survey write anything on electrical defects?

When conducting a Essex Home Buyers Survey the surveyor will comment on the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in an unsafe state. This should include an overview or check (i.e. no removal of fittings) of open or exposed areas of the wiring on top of possible problems relating to things like verifying the nature of any electrical fittings in shower rooms or verifying the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advocate an electrical check should be carried out every ten years (5 if letting out).

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a maisonette near to Barnards Farm near Wickham Bishops Road and landfill sites generally

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes including domestic rubbish disposal. Thousands of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK including Essex. Concerns might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues such as abdominal wall problems have been associated with landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Essex will consider structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets and Maldon Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Essex and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Essex property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give a thorough analysis of the Essex property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a Essex House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Essex homes built on clay soil can experience problems. Can my Home Buyers Survey investigate this?

Factors from Japanese knotweed to insect infestation can cause problems for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Specific issues include soil movement. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a structure. For example, small cracks in the living room floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Essex, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.



Shocking Electrics

When I visited the period property I am intending to move into, it appeared that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system - will a Essex survey write anything on electrical defects?

When conducting a Essex Home Buyers Survey the surveyor will comment on the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in an unsafe state. This should include an overview or check (i.e. no removal of fittings) of open or exposed areas of the wiring on top of possible problems relating to things like verifying the nature of any electrical fittings in shower rooms or verifying the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advocate an electrical check should be carried out every ten years (5 if letting out).

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a maisonette near to Barnards Farm near Wickham Bishops Road and landfill sites generally

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes including domestic rubbish disposal. Thousands of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK including Essex. Concerns might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues such as abdominal wall problems have been associated with landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Essex will consider structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets and Maldon Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

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