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Home Buyers Survey in Birchington

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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 Birchington

    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 Birchington

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

    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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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Birchington and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Birchington property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Birchington property's state of repair as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Birchington Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A resident warned us about insects on the road. Should we get a chartered surveyor?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful.

Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be costly to fix. Evidence may not be easy to find, house longhorn beetles can be identified by evidence of small tunnels through beams and floorboards, burrowed by the larvae. Remedies to pest problems can include insecticides or removal or excision of affected timber.RICS guidelines on the issue of pests are something of a 'grey-area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your chartered surveyor.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations cause difficulties? I am buying a home in Birchington. Will the House Survey consider this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Birchington house. Specific issues include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content. 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. Visible results may be anything from minor wall cracks in the bedroom to a difficult-to-open bedroom window.

Taking precautions, such as taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Gas flame

Does the surveyor look at the state of the gas supply?

Your qualified RICS surveyor will visually examine the accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect the mains gas installation at the home, as well as gas associated appliances or installations, for instance ventilation of flue (if blocked). If there are any fittings they will not however be undone. Needless to say, gas can be hazardous, should you have any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 stipulate landlords must to commission appliance and installation inspections yearly and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment .