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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 Gateshead

    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 Gateshead

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

    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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Asbestos roof-tiles

The agent said there is a risk of blue asbestos fire-doors present in the house in Gateshead. What is asbestos, is there a danger, and what does the surveyor do?

Asbestos is the general name given to the group of six fibrous materials that are now known to be harmful to organisms, when the dust or fibrils are released into the environment (by any number of processes including abrasion).

Asbestos has been mined for hundreds of years, but it was only in the last century that it was found to be so detrimental to health, although it still took until 1999 for there to be an outright ban in the UK, as part of an EU-wide directive, even though restrictions were placed from 1985.

The most common type found in the UK is white asbestos (chrysotile), which was often used in roofs, floors, ceilings, walls and insulation, thereby appearing in all manner of construction materials. From 1986, it was only white asbestos that remained in use in the UK for construction purposes.

Often considered to be a ‘miracle’ material before its deleterious effects were understood, asbestos was chosen for its resistance to fire and electricity, its tensile strength, and its sound-proofing qualities, coupled with its relative cheapness to produce.

During a survey, your chartered surveyor will not be able to confirm the existence of asbestos, since they will not investigate further than visual inspection because of the dangers highlighted above. However, they will be experienced in looking for it and will report their suspicions in the survey, recommending that it be checked out thoroughly.

Although you are legally allowed to removed asbestos yourself, this practice is thoroughly resisted by experts because of the danger that amateur removals may incur on yourself and your neighbours. Therefore, it is recommended that you appoint an expert to confirm its presence and to safely remove it. The register of expert contractors can be found here: the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

For the most thorough survey by a very experienced chartered surveyor at a competitive price, call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to talk to one our friendly advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been told that Gateshead property built on clay soil can experience problems. What should we expect a Gateshead HomeBuyer Report to include?

One of the principal defects on a property in Gateshead that a chartered surveyor will look for during the inspection is the dreaded subsidence, which conjures up images of sagging walls, large cracks along the property and even collapse. However, most apparent systems are often benign.

Subsidence is defined as sudden or gradual shrinkage in the soil that surrounds foundations of a building, forcing a downward settling of the building as the weight becomes too much for the subsoil to support as it once did, and it usually occurs with little or no movement along the horizontal.

Familiar symptoms of subsidence are:

  • the appearance of new cracks more than 3mm wide in the walls; however, not all cracks are an indication of subsidence and may be natural settlement. This is why it’s so important to get a chartered surveyor, like those available from Surveyor Local, involved to check it out and give you their expert opinion and advice
  • cracks forming in obvious weak spots, such as the corners of window- and door-frames
  • windows and doors beginning to stick where they haven’t before
  • new extension parting company with the rest of the property
  • sinking of patios and other hard structures in the garden

The Institution of Structural Engineers don’t recommend underpinning for the large majority of subsidence issues; rather this is treated as a last resort, where piles are dug and filled with concrete to support the existing foundations. Since the biggest percentage of subsidence issues are caused by trees and other plants in the vicinity draining the soil, judicious pruning or evening removal may be enough to rectify the problem (but note that such activity may also create other issues, so an expert’s advice should be sought). And, of course, if the drains are broken, then these should be repaired as soon as possible.

Because of the severity of these issues, it is crucial that an expert chartered surveyor from Surveyor Local inspect the Gateshead property in order to report on the condition, the diagnosis and recommendations for any immediate action to be taken to resolve the situation.

For more information and advice on what the surveying process can do for you and your purchase, call our team of advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact heavy rain could have on our new Gateshead house? Also, if there are issues, will they be inconvenient to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK; however, the effect that wet weather has on buildings is not given the attention it deserves by homebuyers. One indication that drainage is worth a closer look is "gushing" gutters, which may lead to a damp or flooded cellar. Luckily, this is generally easy to remedy. However, if the drains are not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.

Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area. There are several steps that can be taken:

  • use the Environment Agency’s flood information service for the current situation
  • search for your location on the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning service to establish the level of risk of flooding (based on historical and geographical information)
  • appoint a specialist search provider to identify the position in more detail (you can talk to your conveyancing solicitor about this option and costs)
  • check with the sellers to confirm anecdotal evidence of prior flooding issues

The chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.

Get your Surveyor Local instant survey quote by filling the form in at the top of this page with a few simple details. Call our advisers on 0800 038 6667 when you’re ready to be assigned to one of the best chartered surveyors available.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Gateshead, and which one would be cheaper?

If the Gateshead property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, has been extended, or is of non-standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, you should you go for a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap, though, but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Gateshead property's general condition and it includes advice on defects, general repairs and maintenance options.

Surveyor Local provides sample reports (such as the HomeBuyer Report or the Property Valuation) and you can compare the differences between the products we offer on this page.

If in doubt, you can get an instant Gateshead HomeBuyer Report quote on Surveyor Local’s website, or you can call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Chimney stacks

In a Gateshead HomeBuyer Report, what problems will E1 - Chimney stacks refer to?

The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:

  • a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
  • an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
  • modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
  • colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system for instant visual understanding (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
  • performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
  • less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
  • written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building

Section E1 covers all aspects of the chimney stacks, checking the flashings, the mortar-work between the bricks, spalling of the bricks, broken pots, and so on. Your chartered surveyor will make recommendations for any remedial work that needs to be made immediately or in the near future.

The HomeBuyer Report costs an average of £400, although this is dependent on the size and location of the property. Surveyor Local offers a quality survey product for a very competitive price, so it makes sense to try our online quote calculator (simply fill in a few details in the form at the top of this page) or call us on 0800 038 6667.

House prices

I want to buy a flat in Gateshead (NE10 postcode area), and the vendor is asking £95,000. What will a Gateshead surveyor consider when carrying out a professional valuation?

A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Gateshead.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Gateshead in December 2018 was £87,097, which is £7,903 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Gateshead were:

PriceProperty type
£132,418All properties
£87,097Flats/maisonettes
£124,335Terraced
£146,033Semi-detached
£237,378Detached

Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 15 February 2019

An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.

If you need further guidance, why not try our online Gateshead home survey quote generator (scroll to the top of the page and fill in a few pieces of information) or call our team on 0800 038 6667?

Landfill site near home

What should we be worried about when buying a house next to Felling Riverside Reclamation Site, and landfill sites generally

A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.

However, be aware that recycling areas can present as much of a hazard as the familiar dumping sites, with noxious chemicals spilling into the environment, either in the ground, through the water-table, the drains or airborne, especially where waste is burnt.

Specialist licenses are required for those companies operating such sites, and these are inspected to ensure that all legal measures are being correctly enforced and complied with.

Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.

Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.

Your Surveyor Local surveyor will have a deep knowledge of the local area and will therefore be aware of where landfill sites have been closed and built over. In some instances, movement in what has been buried may be a cause or start of subsidence, and they will be able to advise accordingly. Your solicitor will commission environmental searches of the British Geological Survey databases and the Gateshead Local Authority and will advise you accordingly of the findings in the report on title.

Time to get your survey booked! Call our waiting team of friendly advisers at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 and they will assign you to one of the best chartered surveyors; we’re open 7 days a week.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our HomeBuyers Report check flooding, or whether flooding has affected other properties in Gateshead?

The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced firm like Surveyor Local.

There are many causes of flooding, and, even if your home is not anywhere near a body of water, this is no reason for complacency. The sources of flooding include excessive surface water, groundwater from heavy and prolonged rain, rivers breaching their banks, coastal areas with unusually high tides, burst water mains, or burst water tank, radiators and other plumbing issues.

Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area. There are several steps that can be taken:

  • use the Environment Agency’s flood information service for the current situation
  • search for your location on the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning service to establish the level of risk of flooding (based on historical and geographical information)
  • appoint a specialist search provider to identify the position in more detail (you can talk to your conveyancing solicitor about this option and costs)
  • check with the sellers to confirm anecdotal evidence of prior flooding issues
  • If practical to do so, it is also worth looking at the house in both wet and dry weather to see if there are any obvious differences.

The chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.

There is so much to worry about when buying a property that you want to know your survey is in safe hands. Get your reasonable and competitive instant quote by filling in Surveyor Local’s form at the top of this page. Get an appointment today by calling our advisers on 0800 038 6667 now!

Traditionally built property

I am buying an older gatehouse in Gateshead. What should be budgeted for maintenance?

Some buyers in Gateshead have looked at purchasing a home with character, such as a Medieval cottage. A property's age, however, can often be problematic. Homes employing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be challenging to upkeep. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find Materials suitable for the work.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been told that Gateshead property built on clay soil can experience problems. What should we expect a Gateshead Home Buyers Survey to include?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a property's foundations can create difficulties. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Gateshead property's foundations, forcing them inward. There is a real benefit in booking a Gateshead surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.