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Home Buyers Survey in Downham

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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 Downham

    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 Downham

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

    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 Downham

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Downham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Downham property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Downham property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Downham Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the late 50s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create problems? Does the Downham Building Survey cover this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Downham house will have an impact. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Downham house's foundations, forcing them inward. A Downham surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

House Prices

I intend to buy a property in Downham. What things does a Downham RICS surveyor allow for on a Home Survey ?

There are a huge number of issues that can impact on house prices ranging from proximity to transport to overall area pricing. .

The best way for home buyers to get a formal home valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as standard.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Downham include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and what does it include?

Homebuyer Reports include a RICS qualified surveyor valuation and a rebuilding cost included in the cost of the survey. To properly appraise the market value your independent surveyor will factor in area knowledge and other factors relating to the property for instance: square metres. Surveyors also reflect on style of architecture and draw upon key assumptions such as there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there aren't any costly legal problems for example the property being sold with vacant possession. These will be investigated by your conveyancer during the legal process.

Additional local Downham area assumptions, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to any local environmental issues like the property being underneath a flight path, which will also be factored in.