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Home Buyers Survey in Four Oaks

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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 Four Oaks

    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 Four Oaks

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

    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 Four Oaks

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Four Oaks and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Four Oaks property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Four Oaks property's general condition along with advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Four Oaks House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence might be a problem affecting the flat. What solutions are to available to fix this?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Four Oaks homes. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, damaging the structure, particularly in clay-rich soil, as moisture is taken up from the ground by shrubs and trees. Inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Four Oaks surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Building Surveys on houses

We are investing in a shabby period bungalow home - do I need to opt for a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed as a Building Survey.

The HomeBuyer Report is enough if investigating a mid 20th century of later Four Oaks house of typical construction materials. The Building Survey is the most suitable survey to go for the house described. Usually within 2 to 3 days after an exhaustive survey of the accessible parts of the house, the RICS surveyors report will be emailed and posted to the buyer running through thorough and relevant details on the construction and uses of the property.

Be aware that certain limitations exist with a property survey because a chartered surveyor cannot force or open up the structure of the house nor can they look into the internal condition of chimneys. Out buildings will also be looked at.

Conservatory

For the Four Oaks HomeBuyer Report, what impact will a Condition rating 2 have on conservatory and porches?

An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

An example of this is rot and insect damage to conservatory joists. E7 elements are visually inspected. Inappropriate use of internal doors in doorways leading outside should also be reported on.

Gas flame

Will a RICS surveyor look at the safety of the gas installations?

A local surveyor will locate and visually examine the easily accessible parts of the gas system. This means things like the location of the meter for example, in addition to gas associated appliances, for instance chimney breasts. Your Four Oaks local surveyor won't remove any external fittings or housings nor will the surveyor run any tests on the gas system. Of course, gas is potentially dangerous, should you have any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.

The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations require that all landlords are obligated to commission appliance and installation inspections every year. Non compliance penalties include heavy fines .