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Home Buyers Survey in Melbourne

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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 Melbourne

    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 Melbourne

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

    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 Melbourne

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Melbourne and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is effectively the same.

If the Melbourne property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Melbourne property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Melbourne Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What kind of problems will the Property Surveyor look for on a stucco coated home in Melbourne.

Stucco is really a type of solid render. Commonly stucco render is applied to red brick hardens to form a smooth and attractive finish. The finish is very grand in appearance and is common on some Victorian and Regency properties. Expert tradesmen who work with it say it is similar to plaster or mortar. Stucco is often problematic and Melbourne surveyors sometimes show defects such as when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering which gets saturated prone to damage from frost

Another example of problems associated with stucco may result from the difficulty is discovering damp underneath. Fixing problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What impact does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will the Melbourne Property Survey consider this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. 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. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable separation of the skirting board from the floor, to complete structural failure. Steps like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted.