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Home Buyers Survey in Winchmore Hill

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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 Winchmore Hill

    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 Winchmore Hill

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

    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 Winchmore Hill

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Winchmore Hill and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the Winchmore Hill property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will give you a thorough analysis of the Winchmore Hill property's condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a Winchmore Hill Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report inspect?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. Heave is less common, and can be caused when a tree dies or is uprooted and its root network no longer draws water from the subsoil. Cracks to a bathroom wall or floor are an obvious clue of subsidence, but they may entirely benign. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. 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 has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Shocking Electrics

When we viewed the mid-century home we are intending to move into, it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system - does a Homebuyer Report in Winchmore Hill advise on the electrical system?

During a Winchmore Hill Home Survey your RICS surveyor will usually mention the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include a visual check of the open areas of the wiring or fusebox as well as things like inspecting the state of any fitted appliances e.g. storage radiators or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear.

Confirming the existence of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed will usually be part of the survey in Winchmore Hill.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommend that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) be conducted every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Stone block wall damage

We are buying a house with stone walls. What should we be particularly aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Incorrect specification of coating type to damp or defective walls can often cause problems for Winchmore Hill homes with stone walls. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. Stone quarried in the area is common to local Winchmore Hill homes, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.