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Home Buyers Survey in Knotty Ash

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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 Knotty Ash

    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 Knotty Ash

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

    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 Knotty Ash

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Knotty Ash and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

If the Knotty Ash property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works on the Knotty Ash property, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Knotty Ash property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Knotty Ash Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey before buying a dilapidated sixties home in Knotty Ash?

Structural surveys have a new title and are now called Building Surveys. A Building Survey is the correct choice of home survey if buying an unusual property e.g. a tatty Knotty Ash house. It details thorough and notable information concerning the homes standard of construction and repair in conjunction with any technical details, shortly after a thorough inspection of the accessible parts.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact does heavy rain have on our new building? Could damaged drainage lower the property value?

Both in Knotty Ash, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which rainfall has on a residence is overlooked. For example, flaking or efflorescence on external walls will likely suggest that the gutters are a cause for concern. This can lead to hazardous mould.

The good news is that these defects are quite easy to remedy.However, the damage caused, where not cared for, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

External walls

For the Knotty Ash HomeBuyer Report what does 'E4 - Main walls' refer to?

Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. A suspected lack of sufficient lateral support for a wall is an example.

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, with a minimum of technical jargon. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of to what extent each defect requires attention. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the residence. The HomeBuyer Report has a standard format, which the surveyor will complete according to the nuances of the particular residence, omitting sections as necessary.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Knotty Ash could be an issue. What can be done to resolve subsidence if subsidence is found during the HomeBuyer Report?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be resolved.

Cracks to a hallway are an obvious suggestion of subsidence, although they could be easily repaired and of little concern. In extreme temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Knotty Ash? Can we expect the Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Knotty Ash property. In Knotty Ash's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. For example, cracked plaster may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.