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Home Buyers Survey in Saffron Walden

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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 Saffron Walden

    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 Saffron Walden

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

    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 Saffron Walden

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Saffron Walden and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Saffron Walden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make major works, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will give comprehensive details of the Saffron Walden property's state of repair as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

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Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect will rainfall have on a home in Saffron Walden? Will the building survey report on this? Where there is damage, what should we do?

I find it odd that the effect which heavy rainfall has on houses in Saffron Walden is not given more thought by purchasers. One indication that rainwater goods are blocked is mildew in the attic. Whether buying in Saffron Walden or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair fairly cheaply.However, the damage caused, where not cared for, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Building Surveys on houses

We are purchasing a converted Edwardian mid terrace home - is it necessary to get a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed as the Building Survey. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a mid century or later unmodified property of typical construction materials. The Building Survey is definitely the proper one to choose for the house described. Bear in mind that one or two provisos come with any survey as a local Saffron Walden surveyor is not in a position to force or open up the structure of the house or inspect any part that could risk personal injury. External buildings will also be checked out as part of the survey.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled property. Are there specific related issues to bear in mind?

Buyers of a listed building should consider that any repairs are in keeping with the methods and materials used in the original construction. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to Saffron Walden properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Advice for better upkeep will vary according to the needs of individual property, such as repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Substandard guttering

For the Saffron Walden HomeBuyer Report, what effect will a green light rating have on rainwater pipes and gutters?

Green (condition rating 1) is the best possible assessment, and confirms that this part of the Saffron Walden home is in a good state, but this does not mean that no future work is required. Seasonal checks may still be appropriate to prevent deterioration. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a Saffron Walden home. The report employs 'traffic light' ratings of red, amber and green to what extent each defect requires attention. For a Saffron Walden house, one issue is downspouts discharging onto the ground. External areas covered by E3 are inspected visually with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. This section does not include any defects in a combined system.