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Home Buyers Survey in Berkshire

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

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Berkshire

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Berkshire

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Berkshire) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Berkshire

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Berkshire and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Berkshire property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the Berkshire property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it does give comprehensive details of the Berkshire property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Berkshire Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Berkshire Surveyor be looking for on a stucco Victorian semi detached home in Berkshire which we wish to buy.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a type of render. Usually stucco is applied to brick hardens to form a smooth and even finish. Stucco render is very attractive and is found on Regency homes. Stucco is very like plaster in its nature. It can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to plant fibres to stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Berkshire sometimes detail any number of problems which might include trapped water leading to internal damp problems. Other potential problems might be when the application has been taken down to ground level and short circuits the DPC or Damp Proof Course. Resolving problems may be costly as the skills are becoming rarer.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there might be asbestos walls being found in the home. Why would there be asbestos?

Property constructed before the mid 80's will most likely contain any number of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a harmful fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials e.g. central heating flues. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic fire retarding properties, it may be found in garage roofs. It was primarily mined in Canada. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are hazardous and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a one fibre is not fatal.

If found, care should be taken however, never to disturb asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately. Getting rid of asbestos is costly but must be conducted by professionals. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Berkshire survey. Your surveyor will report on potential asbestos during the survey and will recommend relevant tests.

Conservatory

On a Berkshire HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of Condition rating 3 defects impacting 'E7 - Conservatory and porches' ?

In Berkshire, an example may be a porch or conservatory that needs weatherproof paint or other protection. Porches, conservatories and similar elements of the property's construction are included here. Safety hazards, including floor-level glass and blocked escape routes from upper storey windows will also be mentioned in the report. Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. Such issues can have a significant impact on a house's value.

Building Surveys on houses

I am acquiring a un-loved regency detached property in Berkshire, should I get a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name and is now entitled the Building Survey. If you are purchasing a modified property such as a dilapidated Berkshire house, Building Survey is the right property survey to purchase. Around 3 days following a thorough inspection of the accessible parts, a written report is supplied to the client specifying in depth and serious professional advice about the construction materials used on the house. There are certain restrictions with a Building Survey as a surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the Berkshire house, an example being moving heavy furniture.