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Home Buyers Survey in New Forest

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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 New Forest

    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 New Forest

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

    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 New Forest

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in New Forest and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the New Forest property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the New Forest property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant New Forest Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that there is a 8mm crack above the windows in the garage, is this subsidence? What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor examine?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. In general, homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler. Inside the house, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. 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.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying in New Forest, and think we saw signs of pests in the bathroom - What can we do?

New Forest purchasers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. Regrettably, pest problems can impact a home's worth and affect the health of residents. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, termites are still rare in the UK, but may be present in imported timber. They are capable of almost hollowing out beams before they are discovered and can therefore put the structural integrity of a home at serious risk. Remedies to pests can include use of insecticides. If you strongly suspect an issue with woodworm, or any pest, speak to your property surveyor

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown a sixties house I am intending to acquire, the agent said that there is an unsafe electrical system; will a New Forest survey report on electrical defects?

When preparing a Building Survey in New Forest the home surveyor should report on the electrics if it is suspected that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory condition. A professional surveyor should also focus on issues like checking the state of repair of fitted appliances e.g. water heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings. Reporting on any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report conducted by a suitably qualified electrician on the building should be part of the survey.

The IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) strongly advise that a Periodic Inspection need be completed every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Damage resulting from flooding

What's the danger of flooding in New Forest. Can a residential surveyor search for indications of flooding, or whether flooding has affected neighbour's houses?

Heavy rain, overflowing waterways, tidal activity and poor drainage can cause flooding damage; sensible owners and house purchasers in New Forest are right to consider precautions. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes. Flood water can enter a house in New Forest through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. The Home Buyers Survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. The chartered surveyor may ask the vendor about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Gas flame

Does the chartered surveyor go into detail on the condition or the safety of the gas installations?

The qualified surveyor will locate and visually survey the easily accessible parts of the system. The survey will include the routing of any gas pipes at the property, as well as gas connected fixtures, for instance flue/chimney maintenance. The New Forest local surveyor won't remove any external fittings and surveyors are not qualified to carry out any tests whatsoever on the serviceability of the system. Anything related to gas should be handled with care as it can be hazardous, should you have any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas engineer.