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Home Buyers Survey in Hanley

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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 Hanley

    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 Hanley

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

    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 Hanley

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Hanley and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Hanley property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Hanley property's general condition as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Hanley House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Which Hanley Surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a retaining wall) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report will contain an independent valuation and a rebuilding cost. To fully consider the property's value the valuer will take into account area knowledge as well as other factors about the property for instance: state of repair Surveyors also evaluate certain fixtures and fittings and will make certain other assumptions like there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected. Surveyors don't value certain things like furnishings e.g. carpets.

It will be assumed that there are no problematic legal problems such as the tenure being as indicated (e.g leasehold). Advice should be sought from your solicitor.

Further area assumptions, such as any cost of repairs being shared amongst tenants or issues with access, are made as well as any significant local environmental issues like the property being underneath a 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.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be bugs at the property in Hanley we're buying, but we are not certain. Should we get a RICS surveyor?

Buyers in Hanley should know that is not a requirement that a seller to disclose a vermin problem. Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes, and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. An affected home may not always be easy to identify. As an example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. As some pests can be very stubborn, knowing the risks, and chance of success before you buy is essential.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the mid-century home we want to buy it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit; does the surveyor go into detail on the wiring and electrical system?

When preparing a Homebuyer Report in Hanley the surveyor will usually remark on the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a hazardous condition. This will include a non invasive inspection of open or exposed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to possible problems relating to things like inspecting any outside installations e.g. out houses with a power supply or any external power sockets. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical connections carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property will be part of the survey in Hanley. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been informed that clay soil can cause problems for residential property in Hanley. Can my Hanley House Survey consider this?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Hanley property, with soil compaction or compression and soil swelling being relatively common. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Fletton brick on this Victorian terrace is badly worn. What are the possible consequences? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?

Brick-built Hanley homes do benefit from many advantages over buildings using regular cut stone. Unfortunately, they also show signs of both minor and serious issues. A problem regularly identified is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Contact Livsey Martin for a repairs estimate at 01253 851599 or 1 Bluebell Close, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 2ZJ.

For home purchasers in Hanley seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like Scottish bond features five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern.

If the Hanley surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.