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Home Buyers Survey in Keynsham

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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 Keynsham

    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 Keynsham

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

    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 I get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Keynsham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the Keynsham property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Keynsham property's condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Keynsham Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Keynsham HomeBuyer Report to include, and what defects will be reported on?

There are a range of problems associated with clay soil. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Signs like a difficult-to-open living room window or small cracks in the living room floor can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of cracks along the lounge ceiling when we last viewed the flat. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor review?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Gas flame

Will the Keynsham surveyor advise on the serviceability of the gas installations?

Your qualified surveyor will visually check the accessible parts of the system. This will include the routing of any gas pipes as part of the survey, as well as gas associated appliances/installations e.g. flue/chimney maintenance. Should there be any external fittings or housings they will not be taken off. The gas system won't be tested in any way. You should never attempt to fix gas fittings your self as it is potentially unsafe, if you have any worries relating to gas installations of any type, contact a gas safe engineer immediately.

North Somerset based local Gas Safe registered companies include A T S Heating & Plumbing of 16 Boyd Road, Saltford, Bristol, Avon Tel. 07860720652 and D W Bowen of 2, Montague, Saltford, Bristol Tel. 07778776568.