Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Dorking and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.
If the Dorking property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.
If you are planning to do any significant alterations, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Dorking property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .
For further advice why not get a Dorking Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.
Should we spend a bit more on full structural survey before buying a modified Victorian house in Dorking?
Full Structural Surveys have a new title and are now named Building Surveys. When buying an unconventional property, for example an older house in Dorking, this is the most suitable property survey to get. Shortly after a thorough survey of the inside and outside of the main building, a non prescribed format of report will be sent to the prospective buyer specifying any far-reaching information in relation to the construction materials used on the house. There are certain limitations with a Building Survey to consider because a qualified RICS surveyor will not be able to open up the fabric of the of the Dorking house e.g. removing the contents of cupboards.
The agent said subsidence may be a concern impacting the house. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.
This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.
I've put in an offer in Dorking. What directions can you offer? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?
Dorking brick-walled structures can indicate considerable issues, such as sulphate expansion. The surveyor can investigate these as part of their report and suggest potential remedies. A defect requiring immediate attention is sulphate attack. This results if a cement mortared-wall suffers a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. A local builder should be able to assist. Call P H, Beavers Lodge/East Church St, Kenninghall, Norwich, NR16 2EP on 07551 400571 for a quote for repair work.
Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Scottish bond, featuring five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern, to the rare, such sailor bond is a decorative bond featuring vertically oriented bricks with their widest faces parallel to the wall. Contact a specialist for more information if this is of interest.
Does a RICS chartered surveyor advise on the safety of the gas mains supply?
A RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually examine the accessible parts of the system. This means things like the gas pipe route as part of the Dorking survey, as well as gas affiliated fixtures like fireplaces. External fittings or housings will not be taken off. Most people are aware that gas is potentially unsafe, should you have any worries about gas, contact a gas safe engineer.
Gas Safe certified Surrey based local companies include Livingstone Dunn of Heathcote, Guildford Road, Westcott, Surry Tel. 07944515353 and Ross Dodsworth of 35, Knoll Road, Dorking, Surrey Tel. 07768066432.
Regulations stipulate that all landlords must to complete appliance and installation inspections every year and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment .