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Home Buyers Survey in Carshalton

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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 Carshalton

    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 Carshalton

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

    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 we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Carshalton and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Carshalton property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any major works, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Carshalton property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Carshalton Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls I need to look into if intending to buy a converted house in Carshalton in conservation area ?

There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local council.

A Building Surveyors need to possess relevant knowledge of local area issues and any bearing they have on the building and its value. House prices will be greater because of them being largely unspoilt However a growing number have fallen into a state for example - unauthorised alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings

Property surveyors will note if the home could be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Homebuyer Report will advise further enquiries are carried out by your solicitor. Unsympathetic developments to the property should be advised in your survey, however these should be investigated by your legal representative. Carpenter & Co are based in 46 Woodcote Road, Sutton, London, SM6 0NW might be prepared to give you some pointers. Tel: 020 8773 5172

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the unmodernised property we intend to move into, the agent said that there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox; does a surveyor report on the electrical system?

When conducting a Home Survey in Carshalton a surveyor will comment on the condition of the electrics if it looks like they are in a hazardous state. This should include a general check (i.e. no removal of fittings) of the superficial areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to things, for example the location of the meter or consumer unit. Inspecting the evidence of the most recent Periodic Inspection Report conducted by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will usually form part of the survey. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical connections carried out by an electrician on the property being surveyed will usually be part of the survey.

The IEE recommend a Periodic Inspection be completed at least every 10 years (5 if letting).

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Carshalton has been a concern. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be corrected.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high gravel or sand concentration, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. A sudden change in the weather 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.

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. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Carshalton? Can my Carshalton Home Buyers Survey consider this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a house can be significant. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the sub-soil. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a house. Visible results may be anything from minor wall cracks in the bathroom to a hard-to-open bathroom door. A Carshalton surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

Landfill site near home

What should we be aware of when buying a house near to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste e.g. commercial waste disposal. No one really wants to live near one (4/5 people live within 1.5m of one!). Risks might include structurally instability. Potential health concerns such as spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Carshalton will examine structural issues linked to the site. Your conveyancer will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database as well as Sutton Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .