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Home Buyers Survey in Maidstone

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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 Maidstone

    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

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    Building Survey in Maidstone

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

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    Property Valuation Report in Maidstone

    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

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

The Full Structural Survey no longer exists as it has changed its name to the Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey, but evolved to be far easier to read and understand.

If the Maidstone property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then the RICS recommends a cheaper HomeBuyer Report. However, if you are thinking about whether to make significant alterations to the property, then you should opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report, but it does give you a more comprehensive analysis of the Maidstone property's general condition, as well as including more detailed advice on defects and any maintenance options.

For further advice, why not obtain an instant Maidstone Home Survey Quote from Surveyor Local (scroll to the top of this page to fill in the short form), or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team?

House prices

There is a semi-detached house in the ME16 postcode area priced at £340,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Maidstone?

A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Maidstone.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Maidstone in June 2018 was £327,255, which is £12,745 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Maidstone were:

PriceProperty type
£304,632All properties
£182,351Flats/maisonettes
£255,968Terraced
£327,255Semi-detached
£524,974Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 August 2018

An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.

If you need further guidance, why not try our online Home Survey Quote generator (scroll to the top of the page and fill in a few pieces of information) or call our team on 0800 038 6667.

Damaged render

What defects will a surveyor look for on a spar-dash-rendered, Regency house in Maidstone?

Stucco is a type of render that is worked like plaster or mortar, and it is usually layered over brick, hardening to form a smooth stone-like appearance. Stucco is highly beautiful, and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian buildings. Sometimes it can contain lime (which makes it set harder) as well as a wire under-mesh to help stop cracks forming.

As with any building material, stucco can be prone to defect, and surveyors frequently identify problems, such as trapped moisture culminating in problems with damp, or sulphate-attack from sulphates sucked out of underlying brickwork.

Resolving problems may be expensive as renderers are getting rarer. For a local render expert, you could try B. A. L. Plastering, 637 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, ME16 9DQ (Tel: 01622 231500), or David Terry Plastering, 17 Farleigh Court, Farleigh Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9BJ (Tel: 01622 661780).

All of the chartered surveyors working with Surveyor Local know what problems to look for with stucco and many other survey points. This, coupled with our low cost and great service, means that you can do no better than to choose Surveyor Local for your survey needs. Get your survey under way today by calling our waiting advisers on 0800 038 6667 now.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Maidstone and are looking for a 90s house built with Fletton brick. What recommendations will a Maidstone surveyor make, and does brick decay faster in Maidstone weather?

Inevitably, a number of styles of brick building have been a feature of house-construction in this country for hundreds of years. However, maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. The consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall, so taking professional advice can reduce the risk of this.

Brick-built homes do benefit from many advantages, but they will also suffer from several common problems, such as diagonal cracking caused by ground movement, and should be taken very seriously.

For more advice on what the survey process can do for you, call our survey experts at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a 1979-built apartment in Maidstone, and we have found cracks along the kitchen ceiling. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as the movement of the foundations of a structure, which then compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking, particularly new-build properties or those with a recent extension, which is known as settlement and is often benign, even though it may exhibit similar symptoms to those from subsidence.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence, such as with soil on sloping ground not being as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline, and, in severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to identifying the specific solution. Removing or even pruning any trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but this may also exacerbate the problem, so it may be wise to consult an expert before starting work. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, which are fixed into place with cement, to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required to assist in the diagnosis.

Some structural problems can be tricky to identify, which is why you need the experience and expertise provided by the chartered surveyors working with Surveyor Local. Call us on 0800 038 6667 to get your survey under way today.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is it advisable to consider rainwater goods on the bungalow in Maidstone?

Rainfall is very much a fact of life in the UK, yet the impact wet weather can have on a home is usually overlooked by property buyers. Signs that drains are blocked include mildew in the attic, and may lead to staining of wallpaper and damp. Luckily, drainage problems are usually easy to resolve for a reasonable cost, but, where this is not maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.

For your instant Maidstone Home Survey Quote with Surveyor Local, try out our simple, effective calculator (scroll to the top of the page to fill in the form), or call us on 800 038 6667 to speak to one of our survey experts.

Traditionally-built property

What should we think about when buying an older property in Maidstone? What impact will the building's architecture have on regular maintenance?

The age of a structure can be a significant concern for buyers, because homes featuring traditional (or ‘vernacular’) techniques can be costly to upkeep. You should consider that specialist expertise might be needed, especially for listed buildings or those located in a conservation area. In addition, specialised construction materials, such as original bricks, may be required, so this increases the importance of getting a comprehensive building survey. Mention this to your Maidstone surveyor for further advice.

Now’s the best time to get your survey appointment in the diary with Surveyor Local with our competitive prices and great service, so call us now on 0800 038 6667 and one of our helpful advisers will get you under way.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns I would need to look into if I’m buying a building in a Maidstone conservation area, particularly with respect to property values?

There are nearly 10,000 conservation areas in England and Wales, which are designated and overseen by local councils. Your surveyor needs to have knowledge of relevant local area factors and the effect that these may have on the building and its value. House prices are, more often than not, greater due to conservation areas retaining their original character (notwithstanding any assessment by English Heritage in its Heritage at Risk reports).

Property surveyors are trained to identify whether the property is in a designated location and Section I of the HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will recommend any additional enquiries to be raised as part of the legal process. Unsympathetic adjustments to the building will also be reported in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.

For more information on the survey process, please call our waiting experts at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to bear in mind when buying a house built in around 1760? What effect will the house's box frame structure have on repairs?

Some buyers have looked at purchasing property with real personality. Older construction methods and materials, however, can worry purchasers, and Maidstone structures built using traditional methods can be a drain to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced. This can result in higher ongoing expenses. Discuss this with your building surveyor for more information. Erected between 1315 and 1493, Archbishop's Palace; Solar in Maidstone is a traditional solar of the time.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes

The Homebuyer Report contains a valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate. To ascertain an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will take into account knowledge of Maidstone as well as other factors about the property for instance: general condition The surveyor will also consider construction methods and use key assumptions e.g. the property is connected to mains services such as water.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The valuation also assumes that there aren't any expensive legal issues like the tenure being as indicated (e.g commonhold). Such concerns will be unravelled by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further Maidstone assumptions, such as use of communal facilities or services, are made in addition to environmental issues like flood plains, which will also be factored in.

Roof defects identified during a survey

One of the neighbours mentioned that the had been issues with subsidence, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What advice would the building surveyor in Maidstone give in their report?

This is frequently addressed by surveyors in Maidstone. Homes throughout Maidstone can still be subject to roofing woes. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the decking to the valley gutters, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

Roof repairs need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a builder from the area for the job itself. Speak to Russ The Roofer of 38 Sheals Cr, Maidstone, ME15 6TJ on 01622 370566 to request a quote.