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Home Buyers Survey in Greystones

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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 Greystones

    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 Greystones

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

    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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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Greystones and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Greystones property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make major works, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will give you comprehensive details of the Greystones property's condition along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Greystones Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a danger of asbestos cement being found in the building. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a dangerous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials such as acoustic ceilings.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has a range of useful characteristic fire retarding properties, it may be found in patching compounds. Technically all forms are ultimately carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. If found, care should be taken on no account to break asbestos and professional advice must be taken urgently.

Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. However they will mention possible asbestos and should advise accordingly.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a survey include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes and what does it include?

Homebuyer Reports include a professional valuation and a cost of reinstatement. To estimate the correct valuation the valuer will take into account awareness of the Greystones property market and other factors relating to the property for instance: desirability of the location. Surveyors also evaluate construction methods and use key assumptions like there are no hazardous materials. Surveyors don't factor in things like furnishings e.g. carpets.

Additional local Greystones area assumptions, such as stairway access to a flat or the property being insurable, are made in addition to local environmental problems like Greystones planning proposals (e.g flight path), which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Damaged Render

What problems will my Greystones Surveyor be looking for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Greystones.

Stucco is in fact just smooth type of render. Normally stucco render is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that dries to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. The finish is very grand in appearance and is common on some Victorian and Georgian buildings. it can be prone to defect and Greystones Home Buyers Suveys frequently reveal issues such as dampness trapped beneath paint coatings. Other issues could be when dampness gets in beneath sills that causes detachment. Re-applying Stucco problems can be difficult as the skills are becoming rarer.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of if buying a property close to a rubbish landfill

Sites used for landfill take many forms including non-hazardous refuse. Understandably, no one ideally wants to live near one (80% of people live near one). Concerns include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health concerns for example congenital birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Greystones surveyors will flag up any structural issues connected with the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will conduct environmental searches of the Landmark databases in addition to Sheffield Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What impact does clay soil have on a property's foundations? Can your Building Survey investigate this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in Greystones can have unwanted consequences, with severe changes in the water table level and swelling of the soil being relatively common. In Greystones's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Greystones property's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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.