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Home Buyers Survey in Plaistow

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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 Plaistow

    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 Plaistow

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

    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 Plaistow

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Plaistow and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Plaistow property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it will give comprehensive details of the Plaistow property's state of repair as well as advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Plaistow House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Plaistow subsidence could be a problem. Is this a serious concern, and what can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the home survey?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be corrected. In some older buildings cracks may be visible in the Summer months which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials soak up moisture.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and begin to slide downward. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. 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. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Our agent said that loose tiles had been a concern, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a building surveyor investigate as part of the survey?

This is often asked by property purchasers who know that homes could feature roofing woes. From clay tiles to parapet walls, many parts of the roof and loft should be reported on. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Plaistow, but it is a health and safety necessity. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a Plaistow roofing contractor a quote for any suggested work.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Do all Plaistow surveys include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing a garage) and how does the surveyor work it out?

The Homebuyer Report includes an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To fully consider the value of the property the valuer will take into account experience of property in Plaistow and other factors about the property e.g. style of architecture The valuer will also consider construction type and use key assumptions e.g. there are no hazardous materials. Surveyors ignore things like furnishings e.g. carpets. The surveyor also assumes that there is an absence of any expensive legal problems such as the property being sold with vacant possession. Advice should be sought from your legal representative during the legal process.

Additional local area assumptions, like issues with access, are made in addition to any local environmental problems like Plaistow planning proposals (e.g flight path), which are also considered as part of the valuation. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.