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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 Bristol

    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 Bristol

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Bristol) 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

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    Property Valuation Report in Bristol

    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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Home Buyers Survey in Bristol

Shocking electrics

When I saw the unmodernised property I hope to lease in Bristol, there was evidence of an overload of the fuses; will the surveyor report any faults with the electrics?

During a Home Survey in Bristol, an RICS surveyor will highlight the condition of the electrics if it is suspected that they are in an unsatisfactory condition.

This investigation will include a non-invasive inspection (i.e. without undoing fittings) of the open wiring in addition to assessing other potential issues, like examining the nature of the electrical fittings in bath or shower-rooms or reporting on a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear.

Looking at any evidence of a recent PIR (Periodic Inspection Report) authored by a qualified electrician will also be part of the survey. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) strongly advises that a PIR is carried out at least every ten years (or every five if you are letting the property out).

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Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that subsidence in Bristol may be a general problem. What information does the home survey include about it?

Movement of a building on a structural level is what is known as subsidence, although subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home, which might exhibit similar symptoms.

In some older buildings, cracks are noticeable in summer, and in winter, these will close when the materials and the soil beneath soak up water. But, in most cases, this is of no concern. Cracks that appear suddenly could indicate subsidence, particularly if they worsen over time. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step in ascertaining and implementing the appropriate remedy. This need not be an expensive job. Though tree roots are often the cause of most subsidence, removal of this plant-life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. 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 to investigate the problem in more detail. Your surveyor should also advise you on the course of action to take with an idea of its cost, which, if significant, you might want to use in any renegotiations of the asking price.

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Overgrown flat roof with weeds

In a Bristol HomeBuyer Report, what might a ‘Condition rating 3’ mean for roof-coverings?

The HomeBuyer Report employs a traffic light system for any defects so that the client can easily understand how problematic their intended purchase is going to be. Red, or condition rating 3, indicates particularly concerning issues, as these problems could risk the health and safety of residents.

Examples of roof problems include blisters on an asphalt roof. Roof-coverings are inspected by the surveyor if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. If it is not possible to properly access this area for inspection (if, for example, the property is a flat), the surveyor will make note of this in their report.

In some cases, an element covered under Section E (Outside the Property) may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any home buyers in Bristol. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.

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Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to order a full structural survey prior to purchasing a dilapidated, sixties cottage close to Bristol?

For your information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name of what is now rebranded by RICS as the Building Survey.

The Building Survey is the most appropriate survey to commission if you are buying a significantly modified home or an unloved house. This survey will be sent to the client, shortly after a thorough inspection of the accessible parts of the building, and it will outline in-depth and notable advice on the property's state of repair on top of any maintenance needs.

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House prices

There is a maisonette in the BS11 postcode area priced at £225,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Bristol?

A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Bristol.

This means the average price of completed transactions on flats and maisonettes in the City of Bristol for May 2018 was £220,813, which is £4,187 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Bristol were:

PriceProperty type
£272,600All properties
£220,813Flats/maisonettes
£276,846Terraced
£328,707Semi-detached
£504,608Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 August 2018

An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.

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RICS HomeBuyer Report valuation

Does a Building Survey in Bristol include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for site clearance)?

The HomeBuyer Report contains a valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard, when you opt for this survey.

To determine the correct value of the property, the surveyor will consider several factors:

  • their in-depth understanding of the Bristol property market
  • specific details about the house (e.g. desirability of the location, or number and size of bedrooms)
  • certain fixtures and fittings (such as a range cooker that will remain)
  • other basic assumptions (for example, that there are no damaging materials used in its construction, the property being insurable, or the property is being sold with vacant possession)
  • any significant environmental problems, like intrusive noises or smells

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be performed if you are only interested in the valuation portion of a survey.

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Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about vermin in the property we plan to buy in Bristol. How do we investigate further?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously dangerous. Unfortunately, the impact to a house and its inhabitants can affect the health of residents and impact its value.

It may not be immediately obvious that a building is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be easily overlooked. For example, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be identified after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath.

Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include use of insecticides and destruction of tainted materials. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

All the surveyors working with Surveyor Local have a huge amount of experience in looking for infestation evidence, but, should you be concerned about something specific, then please mention it to them, so that they can target their investigations.

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Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been informed that clay soil can be the cause of many issues for homes in Bristol. Will the Building Survey investigate this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including the existence of clay soil, which expands and contracts with the level of moisture. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the subsoil, particularly if there is little evidence of underlying defects. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Bristol house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

There is a real benefit in booking a Bristol surveyor to carry out your House Survey, as they will be familiar with local soil composition, and will have witnessed the effects of subsidence first-hand. If soil water-levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved as part of the survey.

For more advice, talk to a building specialist, or discuss your concerns with one of our team of advisers at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact will rain have on a house? And could it affect the property value?

I find it odd that the effect which rain has on your home is rarely paid due attention by house purchasers. For example, flaking or efflorescence on external walls indicate that the gutters are damaged.

Fortunately, problems with drains are usually easy to repair.However, the damage caused, where left untreated, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there may be a danger of asbestos pipe lagging concealed in the property. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. ironing boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in fire blankets. Technically all forms are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. You should not attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Bristol home survey. However they will note suspected asbestos during the Bristol survey and should suggest experts are consulted.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has said subsidence has been a concern. How could this affect the property, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

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. In some older houses cracks become apparent when temperatures rise that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect, as the things which a surveyor will look for could quite easily be caused by a number of factors. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. 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. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Conservation area

Are there any potential pitfalls we should be aware of if purchasing an extended house in Bristol inside Stokes Croft conservation area ?

Stokes Croft is in a conservation area and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information visit their website or contact Kingsley Fulbrook on 0117 9222966. There are 9, 300 of conservation areas throughout the country that are designated and monitored by the local council. Stokes Croft is administered by Bristol City Council at The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR. Call 0117 922 3000.

Home Buyers Surveys in Bristol are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local issues and any relation may have with the property. Property values is, more often than not, significantly higher as a result of them resisting change.

Surveyors are expected note whether the location could be is designated and Section I of your Homebuyer Report will advise further enquiries are raised by the conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will also be advised in your survey, however these should be investigated by your legal adviser.