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Home Buyers Survey in Handforth

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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 Handforth

    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 Handforth

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

    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 Handforth

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Handforth and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same.

If the Handforth property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations on the property, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Handforth property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Handforth Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a 1966-built flat in Handforth and saw evidence of there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but kitchen floor dips noticeably. What are the risks, and what can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new building after time has passed to make good any settlement cracks.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Window frame

On the HomeBuyer Report what does 'E5' cover?

In Handforth, examples include a rotted sash window. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike some more complex survey reports. A 'traffic light' system of colour coding is used to confirm the severity of defects uncovered during the survey.

Damaged Render

What will the Handforth Surveyor examine on a stucco Victorian home in Handforth.

Stucco is really just a kind of solid render. Normally stucco is applied to brick hardens to a smooth and even finish. Stucco render is very aesthetic and was often found on Georgian homes. Stucco is often prone to defect and Handforth surveyors commonly reveal defects such as when movement of the underlying wall results in cracks. Other issues might result from the supporting significant loads such as cracking under the eaves. Resolving Stucco problems can be difficult and costly as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Traditionally built property

I am buying an older converted barn in Handforth. What impact will the slate roof have on maintenance?

The age of a structure can often be problematic. Handforth property showcasing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be a chore to maintain. You should bear in mind that expert knowledge may be needed. Construction materials, such as locally-quarried stone, may also need to be sourced. Contact your chartered surveyor for further advice.