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Home Buyers Survey in Benson

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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 Benson

    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 Benson

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

    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 Benson

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Benson and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Benson property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Benson property's condition and it includes information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Benson Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Can the HomeBuyer Report consider this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in Benson can have unwanted consequences. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. Steps like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Benson, what recommendations will a Benson property surveyor make for a 70s house built from stretcher bond walls? Will it make a difference if render is applied?

Brick-constructed properties in Benson demonstrate several benefits over stone-built property, but they can also be affected by several common problems. These issues will be mentioned in the report. One serious matter is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. Contact several local builders for quotes, including A S A P of 64 Hyde Crescent, London, NW9 7HA on 020 8205 3775.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider the use of 'clicker' or misfired brick.

External walls

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual Condition rating 3 defects affecting main walls?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. A 'traffic light' system of colour coding is used to confirm how concerning each aspect of the report is. Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated, an in-depth building survey may be required if serious foundational issues are suspected. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. A dropped, rotating or leaning arch is one example.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there may be a danger of white asbestos Fuse box affecting the maisonette. What is asbestos, are there any risks and does the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a dangerous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials including ceilings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic sound absorption qualities and it may be found in ceiling material. Technically all forms are deadly and might lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to break the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently.

Surveyors do not test for asbestos during a Benson building survey. Your Benson surveyor should note potential asbestos and should advise accordingly.