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Home Buyers Survey in Ferndale

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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 Ferndale

    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 Ferndale

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

    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 Ferndale

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Ferndale and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Ferndale property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Ferndale property's general condition as well as including advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Ferndale House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing an older property? Will the age of the house be a problem?

Many buyers have looked at purchasing a unique or characterful property. A building's age, however, can create difficulties for an owner, and Buildings built with traditional methods can be difficult to repair. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of a home in one of Ferndale's conservation areas. This may make the final cost hard to predict.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence might be a concern impacting the house. Is this a major concern, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. Generally, a builder will return to a new structure within a few months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence-related cracks are in most cases thinner towards the bottom of the crack, if it runs up a wall. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.