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Home Buyers Survey in Ivybridge

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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 Ivybridge

    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 Ivybridge

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

    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 Ivybridge

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Ivybridge and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ivybridge property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it does give you comprehensive details of the Ivybridge property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Ivybridge Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor be focused on, on a stucco rendered Victorian semi detached home in Ivybridge.

Stucco is really a sort of flat finish render. Commonly stucco render is applied to underlying brick hardens to form a very smooth surface. The finish is very attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency houses. It can contain lime in it in addition to plant fibres to stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Ivybridge Building Surveys sometimes report issues for example trapped moisture leading to internal damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco could include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course. Re-covering problems with stucco may be difficult as the skills are getting rarer.

Landfill site near home

What should we be concerned about when buying a property close to Strashleigh Hams Landfill and landfill sites generally

Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. non-hazardous rubbish. There are thousands of sites affect 100, 000's people in the UK including Ivybridge. Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane .

Ivybridge RICS surveyors will note any structural defects linked to the landfill. Your conveyancing solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Landmark data sets as well as South Hams Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder mentioned subsidence is a problem. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Ivybridge should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In some older structures cracks are noticeable in Summer which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials absorb water.

Cracks to a corridor wall or floor are an obvious clue of subsidence, but they may be harmless. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations. 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. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Ivybridge surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Asbestos roof tiles

A friend's builder stated there is a concern of asbestos roof tiles affecting the property. What is asbestos, is there a danger and what does the surveyor do?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous structured mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials such as boiler cupboard. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in boards around windows. Technically all forms are ultimately deadly and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to move the asbestos and expert advice should be sought urgently. You should never attempt to disturb it yourself. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. However they will mention suspected asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

For further advice on handling asbestos, Apple Cliff Ltd, Ash Court, Pennant Way, Ivybridge, Plymouth, PL21 9GE will be able to advise - Contact: 01752 658278