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Home Buyers Survey in Dorchester

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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 Dorchester

    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 Dorchester

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

    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 Dorchester

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Dorchester and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Dorchester property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Dorchester property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Dorchester Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there is a danger of flaky asbestos roof tiles in existence at the building. What is asbestos and is there a danger?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including powdery sprayed on coatings.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in soffit boards. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are ultimately potentially fatal and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken not to move asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. You should not endeavour to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos during the survey. Surveyors will report on potential asbestos during the Dorchester survey and will inform you of the options.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Dorchester home with a loft conversion. What will our Dorchester surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?

Residential property in Dorchester in otherwise fine condition can still be subject to damage to the roof, including. From the trusses to the valley gutters, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Dorchester, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.

The prospect of large bills for roofing jobs (such as asbestos cement removal) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A Dorchester roofing contractor with professional accreditation should be able to assist with a quote. Call Wessex Roofing Co Ltd of 11 Pomeroy Buildings/Grove Trading Est, Dorchester, DT1 1ST on 01305 259000 for details.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to check downspouts? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact heavy rainfall can have on a residence is rarely paid due attention by buyers.

Signs that drainage are blocked include corroded downspouts. This can lead to a damp or flooded cellar.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve for a reasonable cost, unless they are not cleared out regularly. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent said subsidence is worth checking. What are the risks, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect, as most of the tell-tale signs could easily be caused by other factors. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, 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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.