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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 Leeds

    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 Leeds

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

    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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RICS HomeBuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and cost of rebuild estimate for the cottage in Leeds, and how is it calculated?

Leeds HomeBuyer Reports include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of Surveyor Local’s survey fee, and it will also take into consideration the cost of rebuilding any permanent structures like garages or a stone wall.

To fully consider the value of the house, your Surveyor Local surveyor will combine their extensive knowledge of the local property market with other factors relating to the property (e.g. the size of the garden, state of repair, or number of bedrooms), key assumptions (like their being no hazardous materials to be removed, or there being no major legal issues connected with the sale), the construction and architecture, proximity to amenities and transport links, connection to mains utilities, and environmental considerations, such as nearness to a busy commuter rail-line.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard, but one can be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out if you are not interested in the structural assessment.

For more information on the differences between the offerings by Surveyor Local, go to compare the surveys. You can get your competitive quote by filling in a few details in the form at the top of this page, or you can call one of our advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What impact does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Can we expect the Leeds Property Survey to detail any problems there might be?

Surveyors probably handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem.

Issues range from groundwater level variations to consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. The water content of clay soils determines its volume, pushing upward, or downward as the weather changes.

This may result in some minor visible defects, such as a sticking door in the kitchen, or cracks appearing around windows. Fortunately, there are steps that a home-owner can take, and your surveyor should refer to any maintenance options in their report, like keeping standing water on the property in check. Isolated patches of very wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

For your instant and free Leeds Homebuyer’s Survey Quote, look at our online calculator (available by just scrolling up to the top of this page), or call Surveyor Local’s team of advisers on 0800 038 6667 to appoint your surveyor today.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are planning to buy a residence in Leeds but does the HomeBuyer Report check for possible flooding damage?

According to the Environment Agency, there are some 5.2m properties (or roughly one in every six in the country), which are susceptible to flooding, with almost 3m of those affected by surface water flooding alone.

Sensible owners and homebuyers in Leeds are right to consider the precautions that can be taken to prevent problems becoming insurmountable.

To assist in understanding the risk, a flood-warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, who also publishes details of previous flood warnings to assist in the research into afflicted areas.

The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, recommend maintenance regimes to help prevent problems. Section J of the survey report (Risks) contains details, where applicable, of flooding threats found within the boundaries of the residential property or on adjacent sites.

Worried about your move and what the survey might reveal? Why not give one of our friendly advisers a quick call on 0800 038 6667?

Shocking electrics

We noticed that there might be an overload of the fuses and fuse-box at the period property we want to purchase in Leeds; will the surveyor advise of any issues with the electrics?

During a Leeds HomeBuyer’s Survey, your RICS surveyor will provide information on the electrical system if they are in a poor state. This will include a general assessment of any revealed sections of the wiring, fuse-box (or residual-current device (RCD)), etc., on top of potential areas for concern such as checking the condition of fitted electrical appliances (for example, heaters), or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear.

Verifying the location of the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations that has been authenticated by a qualified electrician will also form part of the survey. For information, the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that an electrical system check needs to be completed at least every ten years for residential property, or every five years, if you are letting it out.

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Conservatory

In the Leeds HomeBuyer Report, what might a ‘Condition Rating 1’ mean for the section titled 'E7 -Conservatory and porches'?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon, so that our clients can understand it easily.

A 'traffic light' system of colour-coding is used to confirm the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is currently in good condition. But, even so, it might still require regular maintenance.

Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.

Section E of the Report covers all the external aspects of the property, including any permanent outbuildings, with conservatories and porches being included in the section for the purposes of the assessment. Quite a common example of a defect appearing here is masonry and concrete that is spalling or cracking, or inappropriate use of internal doors in doorways leading outside should also be reported on.

To find out more, Surveyor Local has a few sample reports available, such as the HomeBuyer Report, or, if you prefer to talk to someone, you could call us on 0800 038 6667 and talk to one of our friendly advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Leeds house with a loft conversion. What will a surveyor in Leeds investigate in this part of the house as part of the survey?

This aspect of a property is a common concern for homebuyers who know how costly roofing work can sometimes be, particularly as homes throughout Leeds and the rest of the country can often hide roof maintenance problems.

From dormers to wind braces, every element of the roof will be considered in the survey either by accessing it directly or using binoculars and other tools to identify issues. Depending on what has been found, your RICS surveyor could suggest that some of the faults be dealt with immediately.

Given the high cost of major roof repairs like loft insulation, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely, which makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. To get assistance with your enquiries and a quote for any works necessary, which could be used for renegotiation of asking price if appropriate, you can contact a local contractor, like:

  • Leeds and District Roofing Services Ltd., 5 Gledhow Towers, Leeds, LS8 1QJ (Tel: 0113 347 0889)
  • Aspray, 20 The Drive, Leeds, LS17 7QA (Tel: 0113 3227455).

Ready to appoint your chartered surveyor? Call one of Surveyor Local’s advisers now on 0800 038 6667 and we’ll be happy to get your survey under way.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are concerned about vermin at the Leeds maisonette we are buying; will the Property Survey investigate this?

Scare stories about building pests are plentiful, unfortunately, and yet it is tempting to treat signs of pests such as mites as merely minor annoyances.

Regrettably, the threat posed by these to a property is very real and can seriously reduce its value. In addition, an affected building may not always be easy to identify. As an example, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be recognised after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath.

Remedies to pests can include destruction of tainted materials, or the excision of the affected parts. To discuss remedial options, contact a specialist, e.g. Surekill Pest Control Services, Unit 6, 43a Cross Green Lane, Leeds, LS9 8LJ (Tel: 0800 068 4577).

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Stone-block wall damage

Can Cotswold-stone-built houses in Leeds be hard to maintain. What related issues should we be aware of, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Incorrect use of cement-based mortar on a structure built with hydraulic lime can often cause problems for properties with stone walls.

Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the country, and can require more care and attention than regular, brick-like stone walls due to the greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage.

For your free, instant Leeds Homebuyer’s Survey Quote, simply fill in a few details in the form at the top of this page or call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 to talk through your needs with one of our advisers.

Conservatory

In the HomeBuyer Report what might a Condition Rating 1 mean for 'E7 - Conservatory and porches' ?

Quite a common example is masonry and concrete that is spalling or cracking. E7 elements are visually inspected. Inappropriate use of internal doors in doorways leading outside should also be reported on.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon. A 'traffic light' system of colour coding is used to confirm the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is in good condition. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled structures cause issues for buyers? Are there any major factors that we should be aware of? Does the surveyor give advice on this?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including stone faces. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties in Leeds, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in the construction of doors and windows. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar. This may also require careful attention. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change. If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Cross Green Rail Depot, Cross Green, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 0PF, quarrying Crushed Rock, for details. Call 01132 487330 for more information.

To source a specific stone material, consider a stonemason or specialist in Leeds. For example, Leeds Reclaimation of Copley Hill, Leeds, LS12 1HY may be able to assist.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the period property we want to purchase We noticed that there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox; will the surveyor advise the wiring and electrical system?

During a Leeds Home Buyers Survey your RICS surveyor will usually add detail on the electrical system if it is clear that they are in a poor state. This should include a general look-over of any revealed sections of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of potential areas for concern such as checking the condition of fitted electrical appliances, for example heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of light fittings and switch gear. Verifying the location of the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by an electrician will usually be part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) advise an electrical system check need be completed at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Damaged Render

What problems will the Surveyor look for on a spar dash rendered (stucco) regency detached house in Leeds that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is just a type of solid render. Commonly stucco render is applied to brick to form a smooth and even finish. Stucco is highly attractive and is common on some Victorian properties. It is made from an aggregate, a binder and water and hardens to a dense solid. it can be problematic and Leeds Building Surveys can highlight issues for example trapped water resulting in the surface breaking. Other issues may include attack from sulphates sucked out of brickwork. Re-coating Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming harder to find.

For advice on render repair contact Project 360 Plastering, 10 Parkwood Court, Leeds, LS8 1JU Tel. 0113 887 7195

Damage resulting from flooding

We are planning to buy a residence in Leeds, does the HomeBuyer Report check for possible flooding damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m properties are at risk of flooding; sensible owners and home buyers in Leeds are right to consider precautions. A flood warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency. The Building Survey may also, where appropriate, recommend maintenance.Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the residential property or on adjacent sites. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.