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Home Buyers Survey in Kettering

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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 Kettering

    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 Kettering

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

    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 Kettering

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Kettering and which is cheaper?

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

If the Kettering property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will give you comprehensive details of the Kettering property's state of repair along with information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Kettering Home Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Do all Kettering surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a retaining wall) and what does it include?

Kettering Homebuyer Reports a valuation and also a reinstatement cost. To estimate the correct valuation your independent surveyor will relate to area knowledge and other considerations about the property e.g. size The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and make certain key assumptions such as there being no significant defects.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Kettering area conjectures, for example services, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like nearby railway tracks, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be signs of asbestos textured coatings situated in the building. What are the issues with asbestos, what are the remedial options and does the HomeBuyer report cover this?

Homes constructed prior to the eighties will in all probability conceal any number of materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous structured mineral. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) may be in building materials including rain water goods. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in gutters. It is found all over the world including Canada.

All forms are pernicious and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a one fibre will not kill you.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to break the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought urgently. Getting rid of asbestos will likely be expensive must always be completed by professionals. Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. However, surveyors will note the risk of asbestos during the Kettering survey and should suggest further investigation.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We found that the cellar floor was uneven when we last viewed the home. What are the risks, and what subsidence information does the Kettering HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in recently built homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In some older homes cracks are noticeable in Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials contract, absorbing more moisture.

Cracks that appear suddenly may be a strong indication of subsidence. In severe temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.