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Home Buyers Survey in Desford

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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 Desford

    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 Desford

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

    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 Desford

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Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Desford and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Desford property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension on the property, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Desford property's general condition along with advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Desford Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Our agent mentioned that the had been issues with deteriorated flashing, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What should we do about roof repairs?

Questions like this are often asked of Desford surveyors by Desford home buyers who are aware that property may be exposed to difficulties with the roof, for example, incorrectly applied waterproofing. From the purlins to the roof battens, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The Desford surveyors could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.

Given the high cost of major roof repairs like loft insulation, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. A roofing contractor in the local area with accreditation should be able to assist with a quote.

Gas flame

Will a RICS surveyor go into detail on the safety of the gas appliances?

Your RICS surveyor will visually examine any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the mains gas installation at the property, in addition to gas related installations e.g. flue/chimney maintenance. Your Desford chartered surveyor will not remove the gas fittings nor will the surveyor do any tests of any kind on the system or appliances. Needless to say, gas can be fatal, should there be any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What negative impact does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will your Desford Home Survey look into this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a property can be significant. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.