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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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What Survey should I select for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Gatley

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are buying a home made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Gatley

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Gatley) is also conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. cellared buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Gatley

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Gatley and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Gatley property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Gatley property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Gatley Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Gatley properties at risk, and does a home buyers survey investigate any flooding damage?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Times), and purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via patio doors.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect property enables the building surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence has been an issue impacting the property. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage. In general, homes in Gatley are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The person in the flat below said that the had been a problem with rotten beams - Which issues relating to the attic will be investigated?

Questions like this are often asked of property surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property can still be subject to roofing problems, such as. From the gables to the tie beams, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as insulating the attic) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing specialist in Gatley.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Gatley and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Gatley property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Gatley property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Gatley Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Gatley properties at risk, and does a home buyers survey investigate any flooding damage?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Times), and purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via patio doors.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect property enables the building surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence has been an issue impacting the property. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage. In general, homes in Gatley are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The person in the flat below said that the had been a problem with rotten beams - Which issues relating to the attic will be investigated?

Questions like this are often asked of property surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property can still be subject to roofing problems, such as. From the gables to the tie beams, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as insulating the attic) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing specialist in Gatley.

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