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Property
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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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Need a Home Buyers Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Pontcanna

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a property made of conventional 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 Pontcanna

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Pontcanna) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this option for non standard , for example timber wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Pontcanna

    This is an independent valuation of the property. It is chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Pontcanna and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Pontcanna property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any major works, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Pontcanna property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Pontcanna House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Building Surveys on houses

Are there any advantages for getting a full structural survey instead of a HomeBuyer Report when looking into a extended detached house?

Structural Surveys are no longer carried out by surveyors and the new format entitled the Building Survey, is now offered by surveyors. The HomeBuyer Report is all you really need for a 60 year old or less Pontcanna house assembled from conventional construction materials. The Building Survey is certainly the most relevant survey to choose for the property described. Following a thorough site survey of the accessible parts, the chartered surveyors report will be emailed (pdf format) and posted to the client detailing comprehensive and far-reaching professional advice about the construction materials used on the building. There will be one or two provisos with a property survey insofar as RICS chartered surveyor cannot (unless owners consent provided) force or open up the fabric of the Pontcanna building for example undoing electrical fittings. See the survey differences article for further information on the differences between surveys.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the late 60s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create problems? Does the HomeBuyer Report cover this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects, with sub-soil shrinkage and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Drought, for instance, can have a shrinking effect on clay soil, putting pressure on the building's structure and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable small cracks in the kitchen wall, to complete structural failure. Steps like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Landfill site near home

What should I be worried about when buying a flat close to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. hazardous waste material. Of course nobody ideally wants to live near one (80% of people live within 1.5m of one!). Worries include structurally instability. Health issues for example congenital birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Pontcanna will examine structural problems resulting from the site. Your solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Landmark databases and Cardiff Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Pontcanna and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Pontcanna property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any major works, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Pontcanna property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Pontcanna House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Building Surveys on houses

Are there any advantages for getting a full structural survey instead of a HomeBuyer Report when looking into a extended detached house?

Structural Surveys are no longer carried out by surveyors and the new format entitled the Building Survey, is now offered by surveyors. The HomeBuyer Report is all you really need for a 60 year old or less Pontcanna house assembled from conventional construction materials. The Building Survey is certainly the most relevant survey to choose for the property described. Following a thorough site survey of the accessible parts, the chartered surveyors report will be emailed (pdf format) and posted to the client detailing comprehensive and far-reaching professional advice about the construction materials used on the building. There will be one or two provisos with a property survey insofar as RICS chartered surveyor cannot (unless owners consent provided) force or open up the fabric of the Pontcanna building for example undoing electrical fittings. See the survey differences



article for further information on the differences between surveys.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the late 60s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create problems? Does the HomeBuyer Report cover this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects, with sub-soil shrinkage and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Drought, for instance, can have a shrinking effect on clay soil, putting pressure on the building's structure and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable small cracks in the kitchen wall, to complete structural failure. Steps like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Landfill site near home

What should I be worried about when buying a flat close to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. hazardous waste material. Of course nobody ideally wants to live near one (80% of people live within 1.5m of one!). Worries include structurally instability. Health issues for example congenital birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Pontcanna will examine structural problems resulting from the site. Your solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Landmark databases and Cardiff Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .

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