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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 Doncaster

    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 Doncaster

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

    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 Doncaster

Substandard guttering

In a Doncaster HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual red-light-rated defects affecting rainwater pipes and gutters?

A condition rating of three (or red) is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given (for example, the suspected existence of asbestos in the house).

Occasionally, an element covered under Section E of the survey (Outside the Property) may be marked as ‘NI’, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

The drainage system is inspected visually, but this section of the report doesn’t include blocked drains below ground but does cover downspouts discharging onto the ground.

For your instant Doncaster Home Survey quote from Surveyor Local, fill in the form at the top of this page, or call 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our friendly team of advisers.

Building Surveys on flats

Should we go for a full structural survey prior to investing in an abandoned, thirties, top-floor flat in Doncaster?

For your information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS to the Building Survey but is essentially the same detailed report.

The Building Survey is the best choice when you are purchasing an unusual property (e.g. a flat in poor condition in Doncaster like the one mentioned in the question). The formal report gives important information in relation to the flat’s construction materials in conjunction with any technical details, following a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building.

Additionally, flats usually make it harder to survey the building, and your appointed surveyor will only survey the actual flat, although they may provide detail on shared parts of the property (for example, commonly accessible roof spaces).

For more details and a comparison of survey types, click here. When you’re ready to line up an accredited, experienced chartered surveyor with Surveyor Local, give us a quick call on 0800 038 6667.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould caused problems at our old property, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance at the new house in Doncaster. What should we do about roof repairs?

Properties in and around Doncaster that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious damage to the roof. From purlins to parapet walls, every part of the roof must be reviewed by the surveyor, who could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.

Fixing a leaking roof can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. A quote (or several) for any necessary work should be acquired as soon as possible. Try contacting Turner Roofing, 30 Imperial Crescent, Doncaster, DN2 5BU (Tel: 01302 344869) for assistance and more details.

Worried about the survey process and whether certain problems will be investigated? Call 0800 038 6667 to talk through your concerns with one of Surveyor Local’s friendly advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property in Doncaster but are worried about pests. Do we need a surveyor?

Doncaster homebuyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem, and, when purchasing a home, this matter should be borne firmly in mind. Additionally, an affected home may not always be easy to identify.

For example, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. Treatment for insect infestation may include chemical treatment and destruction of tainted materials. Rather than pulling out of the transaction, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.

For more advice and to get your free Doncaster Home Survey quote, call Surveyor Local’s waiting advisers on 0800 038 6667.

House prices

There is a flat in the DN4 postcode area priced at £80,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Doncaster?

A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Doncaster.

This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Doncaster in June 2018 was £77,643, which is £2,356 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Doncaster were:

PriceProperty type
£123,262All properties
£77,643Flats/maisonettes
£93,581Terraced
£117,384Semi-detached
£186,828Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 August 2018

An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.

If you need further guidance, why not try our online Home Survey Quote generator (scroll to the top of the page and fill in a few pieces of information) or call our team on 0800 038 6667.

RICS HomeBuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and cost of rebuild estimate for the maisonette in Doncaster, and what does it include?

A HomeBuyer Report on a Doncaster building will include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of the survey and covers rebuild costs for permanent outbuildings such as a garage and retaining walls.

To estimate the correct valuation, your RICS valuer will use their in-depth knowledge of the Doncaster property market and other things about the property: the style of architecture, construction methods, key assumptions (e.g. there are no hazardous materials in the construction), services and amenities access, and any significant Doncaster environmental concerns such as planning proposals.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out, if you are only interested in the valuation portion of the survey.

Call our team of survey advisers on 0800 038 6667 to find out more about your Doncaster Home Survey quote from Surveyor Local.

Stone-block wall damage

We are buying a Doncaster house with stone walls. Which problems should we consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

There are numerous defects and issues associated with stone-built houses. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyor’s expertise to identify.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask your surveyor for more details, although the report may specify cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing, or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

If, during carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, contact a Doncaster firm.

Urgently needing a survey quote? Surveyor Local’s low-cost, instant quote is available by filling in the simple form at the top of this page. Or call 0800 038 6667 to set up an appointment with one of the best chartered surveyors in the country.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are buying a residence in Doncaster; does the residential surveyor check for possible water damage, or if the garden has been affected?

In recent years, records for being the wettest year have been regularly broken and widely reported. And the Environment Agency estimates that 1 in 6 homes is at risk of some kind of flooding.

Both buyers and homeowners in areas at risk of flooding are therefore right to be worried. A flood-alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a home, such as via loose patio doors or through the air bricks. The Building Survey will include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the property owner or occupier, but this information may not be accurate and merely anecdotal.

Call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 now to talk through your plans and concerns with one of our advisers.

Substandard guttering

In a Doncaster HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual an red light rating defects affecting rainwater pipes and gutters?

A condition rating of three is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

The drainage system is inspected visually. This section does not include blocked drains below ground. Downspouts discharging onto the ground is an example.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect may wet conditions have on a Doncaster home? Could it affect the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather rainfall and the effect it can have on a home are usually overlooked by purchasers. If you have only seen the property on a clear day, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spalling on walls around drainage. This could then result in staining of wallpaper and damp.

The good news is that problems with drains are quite easy to repair fairly cheaply. However, if the drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

Damaged Render

What will the Chartered Surveyor examine on a stucco coated detached house in Doncaster.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is really just smooth type of render. Usually stucco is layered over brick that sets to an attractive smooth appearance that resembles stone. Stucco is very beautiful and is found on Victorian and Georgian houses. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Doncaster sometimes focus on potentially expensive to remedy problems which might include trapped moisture leading to the render failing.

Another example of problems could include attack from salts derived from wet bricks. Fixing problems with stucco may be dear as the skills are getting harder to find.

For a local expert contact K Pearson Plasterer, 1, Norwell Cottage, Selby Rd, Doncaster, DN6 0ES Tel. 01302 709089

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see a sixties house we are possibly going to lease we saw that there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, will a surveyor go into detail on the general state of the electrical system?

When carrying out a Home Survey in Doncaster a RICS surveyor should usually report on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in an unsafe state.

This will include a general check of the open sections of the wiring and other areas e.g. the electricity mains supply. Inspecting the documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by an electrician will form part of the survey in Doncaster. Inspecting the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the survey.

To get local advice from a qualified electrician - Fitzpatrick Tom , 135 Craithie Rd, Doncaster, DN2 5EG .