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Home Buyers Survey in Ashford

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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 Ashford

    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 Ashford

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

    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 Ashford

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Ashford and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Ashford property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, you should you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Ashford property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Ashford Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw wall cracks in the basement when we last viewed the apartment. What subsidence issues does the Property Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will often occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. Collapsed drainage can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Damaged Render

What problems will the RICS Surveyor take into account on a stucco rendered home in Ashford.

Stucco is actually a form of render. Usually stucco render is layered over brick that sets to an attractive smooth appearance that resembles stone. The effect is highly grand in appearance and is was often applied to Georgian homes. It is almost exactly the same as any other render to apply. It can contain lime in it as well as plant fibres to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and Ashford Home Buyers Suveys sometimes focus on potentially expensive to remedy problems such as trapped moisture culminating in problems with damp which need attention

Another example of problems associated with stucco may be when the render is taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course. Re-covering problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

For a local expert try P.J Manning, 125b, Cudworth Rd, Ashford, TN24 0BB Tel. 07930 498884

Roof defects identified during a survey

I am going to put in an offer in on a property in Ashford. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?

This is a common concern for buyers. Many residential properties can, to the disappointment of their would-be owners, still suffer roof maintenance problems, such as missing tiles. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from valley gutters to purlins, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Ashford, but it is a health and safety necessity. A quote (or several) for any necessary work should be acquired as soon as possible.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Will the Ashford House Survey look into this?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for home owners. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including sub-soil shrinkage. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years, such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring rainwater goods and drainage all function efficiently. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.