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Report
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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ouston

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a home built from standard materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ouston

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Ouston) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this survey when buying a non standard e.g. timber frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ouston

    This is a professional valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ouston and of the 3, which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Ouston property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Ouston property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Ouston Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact should rainfall have on a building in Ouston, and does our house surveyor mention it? Also, if there are issues, will they be costly to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which wet weather has on your property is usually overlooked. Signs that drainage systems are under performing include spalling masonry. Poor drainage can lead to damage to foundations.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair. However, if the drains are not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A neighbour mentioned subsidence may be worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Stone block wall damage

Can Ham Hill stone-built properties be difficult to repair. What defects must we watch out for?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, cracks being relatively common.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. Repair advice often includes monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Purchasers renovating buildings should be aware that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey. To source stone quarried in Ouston, you can contact local suppliers.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ouston and of the 3, which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Ouston property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Ouston property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Ouston Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact should rainfall have on a building in Ouston, and does our house surveyor mention it? Also, if there are issues, will they be costly to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which wet weather has on your property is usually overlooked. Signs that drainage systems are under performing include spalling masonry. Poor drainage can lead to damage to foundations.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair. However, if the drains are not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A neighbour mentioned subsidence may be worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Stone block wall damage

Can Ham Hill stone-built properties be difficult to repair. What defects must we watch out for?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, cracks being relatively common.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. Repair advice often includes monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Purchasers renovating buildings should be aware that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey. To source stone quarried in Ouston, you can contact local suppliers.

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