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Home Buyers Survey in Dorset

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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 Dorset

    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 Dorset

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

    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 Dorset

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Dorset and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Dorset property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give a thorough analysis of the Dorset property's condition as well as including advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Dorset Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have read that clay soil can be the source of maintenance problems for property in Dorset. What should we expect a Dorset Home Survey to include?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with subsidence being a common example. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a property. For example, cracks along the kitchen wall may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Dorset surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Dorset subsidence might be a concern. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. Less common than subsidence, but potentially as destructive, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

Surface cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

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. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We want to put in an offer on a place in Dorset. Is there any brick maintenance advice we should be aware of?? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?

Dorset flats with brick walls can be subject to various issues and defects, from moisture damage to thermal movement. For example, patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and may require immediate attention.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. A P Contracts Ltd at 95 Church Rd, Tiptree, Colchester, CO5 0AB on 01621 814060.

One example is running, or stretcher, bond. Consider renegotiating the price of the Dorset property, based on the results of your survey. Works to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.