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Home Buyers Survey in Southwold

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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 Southwold

    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 Southwold

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

    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 Southwold

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Southwold and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Southwold property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Southwold property's general condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Southwold Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated traces of blue asbestos may be lurking boiler cupboard at the property. Why would there be asbestos and can it be treated?

Asbestos was not prohibited until 1999 and buildings constructed earlier than then may have traces of asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials including roof gutters.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance qualities and it may be found in powdery sprayed on coatings. It was primarily mined in the US. Technically all forms are hazardous and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Contrary to common perception, inhaling a one fibre is not deadly.

If found, care should be taken on no account to disturb it and expert advice should be sought urgently. Removing it will probably be dear and must always be carried out by professionals. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a survey. They will mention suspected asbestos risks and should recommend professional testing.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Which Southwold Surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a boundary wall) and how does the surveyor work it out?

A Homebuyer Report in Southwold will include a surveyor valuation and will also include a "reinstatement cost". To fully consider an accurate value estimate the surveyor will pair in depth understanding of the Southwold market and other considerations about the property e.g. state of repair The valuer will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and will draw upon other assumptions, for example the property is connected to mains services such as water.

A Building Survey does not 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.

Further area conjectures, such as use of communal facilities or connection to sewers, are made as well as any significant local environmental concerns like flood plains, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Building Surveys on houses

When acquiring a dilapidated regency mid terrace home in Southwold, should I opt for a full structural survey?

Structural surveys have a new name and are now entitled Building Surveys. When buying an unconventional property such as a period house, it is now the right survey. A HomeBuyer Report is all you really need if buying a non period unmodified Southwold property of typical construction materials. Subsequent to a thorough survey of all accessible areas, a formal written report will be posted and emailed to the prospective purchaser setting out in depth and crucial details on the state of repair of the house. There are certain restrictions with the survey to be aware of because a qualified surveyor is not able to (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric of the of the Southwold house e.g. removing loft contents. The following article for more about the differences between surveys.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a converted barn and the seller has made us aware that it has been built with Kentish Rag stone. Are there any major problems that we should be aware of?

Buyers of a stone-walled listed building should consider that 'sympathetic' maintenance may be required. These restrictions are often rigorously enforced. Issues including stone faces affect many stone-walled houses in Southwold. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.

Traditionally built property

We are buying in Southwold. What will we need to think about when buying older property? Will the property's age be a problem?

Some buyers have considered buying a unique or characterful property. For houses in Southwold built before the 20th Century, age, however, can concern buyers. Structures featuring traditional methods can be expensive to maintain. You should consider that expert knowledge may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional building materials.