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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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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South Petherton

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South Petherton

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in South Petherton) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this when buying a non standard , for example thatched or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South Petherton

    This is an independent valuation . This report is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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  • HomeBuyer Report
    Howden, Over Stratton, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13

Home Buyers Survey South Petherton

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in South Petherton and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the South Petherton property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the South Petherton property's state of repair as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a South Petherton Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

When intending to buy in South Petherton, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report consider flood damage, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and owning a residential property in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. A flood warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a home in South Petherton lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The surveyor may ask the occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence has been a problem. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my house survey reveal?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

What recommendations will a surveyor in South Petherton make for a home built with Dutch bond brick?

Brick-walled residences in South Petherton can indicate a range of defects. These can include efflorescence or vertical cracking. An issue often addressed by surveyors in the region is thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks. Lucas Steve may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01792 538950 or 44 Victoria Road, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, SA5 4SY.

For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include basket weave bonds, with alternating groups of vertically and horizontally arranged bricks.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in South Petherton and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the South Petherton property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the South Petherton property's state of repair as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a South Petherton Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

When intending to buy in South Petherton, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report consider flood damage, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and owning a residential property in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. A flood warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a home in South Petherton lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. The surveyor may ask the occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence has been a problem. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my house survey reveal?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

What recommendations will a surveyor in South Petherton make for a home built with Dutch bond brick?

Brick-walled residences in South Petherton can indicate a range of defects. These can include efflorescence or vertical cracking. An issue often addressed by surveyors in the region is thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks. Lucas Steve may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01792 538950 or 44 Victoria Road, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, SA5 4SY.

For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include basket weave bonds, with alternating groups of vertically and horizontally arranged bricks.

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