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Home Buyers Survey in Harborne

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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 Harborne

    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 Harborne

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

    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 Harborne

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Harborne and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Harborne property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the property, you should you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Harborne property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Harborne Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

Can Kentish Rag stone-built property be problematic. What should we look in to?

Purchasers in Harborne should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Defects affecting stone-built properties can vary, spalling brick being relatively common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify replacing missing or badly worn stones.

Purchasers renovating properties should be aware that a stone matching service is operated by the British Geological Survey. To source stone quarried in Harborne, you can contact local suppliers.

Building Surveys on maisonettes

Do I need to get a full structural survey prior to buying a substantially modified, thirties first floor maisonette in Harborne?

Structural surveys have been renamed as Building Surveys. If buying an unconventional home e.g. a period house, the Building Survey is the most suitable choice of home survey to purchase. A HomeBuyer Report will suffice if buying a post 1950s unmodified maisonette built out of conventional construction materials and methods. Following a thorough survey of the accessible parts, the chartered surveyors report will be sent to the buyer setting out in depth and far-reaching professional advice on the standard of construction and repair of the house. There are certain limitations with the survey insofar as a surveyor wont be able to (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric of the of the Harborne house, an example being moving heavy furniture. The following article for more info the differences between surveys.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will your Property Surveyor look out for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Harborne.

Stucco is just a kind of render. Typically stucco render is applied to brick to form a smooth stone like surface. Stucco render is highly aesthetic and is often found on Georgian properties. Expert tradesmen who work with it say it is very like plaster and mortar. Sometimes it can have lime in it as well as a grid underneath to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and Harborne Home Buyers Suveys sometimes detail any number of problems for example, when it is faced with driving rain which gets saturated and prone to frost damage

Another example of problems associated with stucco could result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Fixing Stucco problems may be costly as the skills are getting harder to find.