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Home Buyers Survey in Norbury

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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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 Norbury

    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 Norbury

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

    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 Norbury

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Norbury and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Norbury property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, you should you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Norbury property's state of repair in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Norbury Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Gas flame

Does the RICS surveyor look at the safety of the gas mains supply?

Your qualified surveyor will locate and visually check any accessible parts of the system. This will include gas (and oil heaters) for instance, as well as gas related appliances e.g. flue/chimney maintenance. However, the Norbury RICS surveyor won't actually remove the external fittings and will not do any tests on the gas system. You should never attempt to fix gas fittings your self as it is potentially hazardous, should you have any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas engineer.

The regulations stipulate that all landlords are obligated to conduct appliance and installation inspections every year. Non compliance penalties include heavy fines .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have learnt that Norbury property built on clay soil can experience problems. What should we expect a Norbury Home Buyers Survey to include? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including uneven soil compaction. In Norbury's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. For example, cracks along the bedroom ceiling may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Which Norbury Surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and how is it worked out

The Homebuyer Report includes a valuation and a cost of reinstatement as part of the report. To ascertain the valuation the valuer will pair awareness of the Norbury property market and other things relating to the property for instance: desirability of the location. The RICS surveyor will also consider materials used and draw upon key assumptions such as the property is connected to mains services such as water. Surveyors will disregard certain things like furnishings, for example curtains. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there aren't any costly legal problems such as no laws are broken by use of property. These will be investigated by your solicitor.

Further area conjectures, for example the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to local environmental problems like flood plains, which will also be factored in.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Deteriorated timber

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are common Condition Rating 1 defects for joinery and finishes?

A rating of 1 is the highest, meaning that this aspect of the house or flat being surveyed does not need urgent attention. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Norbury are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey.

A fairly common example may be paint or staining that is needed to protect wood sidings. Section E8 covers more decorative aspects of the property's exterior, inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. Fascias, soffits and eaves will be investigated.