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Home Buyers Survey in Gorton

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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 Gorton

    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 Gorton

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

    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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Should I select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Gorton and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Gorton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Gorton property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Gorton Home Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the Gorton surveyor inquire into indications of water damage?

Heavy rain, clogged drains and overflowing streams could all cause major floods, and the value of a house in Gorton in an at-risk area may be impacted. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. The Home Buyers Survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. The house surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact does rain have on our new Gorton house? Will the Gorton chartered surveyor report on this? Can damaged guttering decrease our property's value?

I find it odd that this issue is rarely considered properly by purchasers. If you have visited the home in good weather, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that rainwater goods are under performing include rotten roofing elements, and may lead to overflowing or blocked sewage. That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to fix if dealt with quickly. Where this is left untreated, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.

Conservation area

Are there any factors I would need to consider when buying an extended house in Gorton in conservation area, particularly in relation to property values?

There are over 9, 000 official conservation areas in England and Wales which are overseen by local councils.

Home Buyers Surveys in Gorton need to have relevant knowledge of local factors and any connection they have with the home. Prices will be enhanced which is down to conservation areas retaining their original character.

Surveyors will inform you if the home looks like it may be within a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Gorton Homebuyer Report will recommend further investigations are conducted by your legal representation. Unauthorised developments that do not have Local Authority approval may be advised, however these should be investigated by your legal representative.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has said subsidence might be worth checking. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Gorton Surveyor review?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. In some older homes cracks appear in Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb water.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries, this organic matter will rot. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.