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Homebuyer
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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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Which Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Leicester

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are buying a property built from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Leicester

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Leicester) will also be carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this option for unconventional such as stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Leicester

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Leicester and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Leicester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any alterations, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Leicester property's general condition as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Leicester Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are intending to buy a property in Leicester, does the property surveyor consider indications of flood damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m houses are exposed to water damage caused by flooding, and the value of a house in an at-risk area is often impacted by this threat.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.

Flood water can enter a house through several routes, including seepage through walls. Details relating to signs of flooding may be reported in Section J of the HomeBuyer Report. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Leicester could be worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations.

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 soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Leicester, what suggestions can a Leicester property surveyor make for residences constructed with brick? Will it make a difference if render is applied?

Brick converted property be subject to diverse problems, such as sulphate expansion. Such defects will be discussed in the report. A defect requiring immediate attention is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. A local builder should be able to assist. Call Phase Brickworks Ltd, 65 Woodford Rd, London, E7 0DJ on 020 8555 9991 for a quote for repair work.

Brick-constructed property are used in properties built throughout the ages, leading to a good selection of methods and styles. For example, rowlock, which is often found at the top of a wall.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Leicester and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Leicester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any alterations, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Leicester property's general condition as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Leicester Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are intending to buy a property in Leicester, does the property surveyor consider indications of flood damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m houses are exposed to water damage caused by flooding, and the value of a house in an at-risk area is often impacted by this threat.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.

Flood water can enter a house through several routes, including seepage through walls. Details relating to signs of flooding may be reported in Section J of the HomeBuyer Report. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Leicester could be worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations.

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 soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Leicester, what suggestions can a Leicester property surveyor make for residences constructed with brick? Will it make a difference if render is applied?

Brick converted property be subject to diverse problems, such as sulphate expansion. Such defects will be discussed in the report. A defect requiring immediate attention is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. A local builder should be able to assist. Call Phase Brickworks Ltd, 65 Woodford Rd, London, E7 0DJ on 020 8555 9991 for a quote for repair work.

Brick-constructed property are used in properties built throughout the ages, leading to a good selection of methods and styles. For example, rowlock, which is often found at the top of a wall.

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Recent Leicester Surveyor Reports

  • Blocked cement valley prevents drainage

    By Scott Oke September 29th, 2012

    During a recent Building Survey carried out on a 3-bedroom detached house in the North West, it was noted that there was a very narrow cement valley to the side of the roof, blocked by debris and weeds, preventing good drainage. In and of itself, this was not a dramatic issue, and could be easily...

  • Weeds growing through flat roof in poor repair

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    Questions from potential buyers about the state of a property's roof are very common due to the high cost of repair. The time required to carry out roof repairs can also often mean serious disruption for new home owners. Over the past few decades, bituminous felt roofs (often referred to as...