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Home Buyers Survey in Killay

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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 Killay

    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 Killay

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

    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 Killay

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Killay property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any alterations, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Killay property's condition in addition to advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Killay Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Killay house built in the mid 70s, but it has clay foundations. Does the Killay Property Survey cover this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a property can be significant. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including shrinking of clay soil. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking window frames can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. There is a real benefit in booking a Killay surveyor to carry out your Home Buyers Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Damaged Render

What will the Killay Surveyor examine on a stucco rendered Victorian home in Killay that we intend to purchase.

Stucco is just dense render. Usually stucco render is layered over underlying brick to form a smooth and attractive finish. The effect is very grand in appearance and is found on Victorian properties. it can be problematic and Surveyors can focus on potentially expensive to remedy problems for instance when settlement of the underlying wall can lead to cracks. Other issues might result from the supporting heavy loads such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Re-applying Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Window frame

On the HomeBuyer Report what does 'E5' cover?

For a Killay house, one issue is an inoperable 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.

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give property purchasers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for property purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a Killay residence. The report employs 'traffic light' ratings of red, amber and green the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific Killay home being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.