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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 Norfolk

    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 Norfolk

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

    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 Norfolk

Traditionally-built property

I am buying an older farmstead in Norfolk, but what impact will the home's box-frame structure have on regular maintenance?

Use of traditional methods can create financial issues for homeowners, because structures built using traditional or ‘vernacular’ techniques can be challenging to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find traditional building materials, which could create disruption for new owners.

For more advice, contact Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 or use our instant Norfolk Home Survey quote facility (scroll to the top of the page to fill in the simple form) to get started on setting up your survey.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when purchasing a maisonette close to British Sugar PLC Anzac Pit?

Landfill sites take many forms, including hazardous rubbish disposal, or non-biodegradable wastes like the Anzac Pit. There are thousands of such sites around the country, and they can affect hundreds of thousands of people in England, including Norfolk. Concerns include hazardous chemicals being released in the environment, while health concerns, like Down’s Syndrome, have been linked to landfill sites.

Surveyors will find and report any structural defects that can be linked to the site. Your lawyer will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency datasets, in addition to questioning the Local Authority, advising you accordingly of their findings in their report on title.

Your experienced Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will know what to look for and to expect with such issues, making them a great and cost-effective choice for your survey. If you want to set up an appointment, call our friendly advisers on 0800 038 6667 today.

Conservation area

What do we need to be aware of if purchasing a house in Norfolk inside the Dereham conservation area?

Dereham is in a conservation area and has been classed as poor and therefore at risk by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and deteriorating (for the latest assessment, go to Heritage at Risk).

There are many thousands of conservation areas in the UK which are overseen by the local authority. Dereham is managed by Breckland District Council at Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE, and they can be contacted on 01362 695333.

Your surveyor must have detailed knowledge of all local factors and any bearing they may have with the building and its value. The price of property tends to be higher, which is down to them being in their original state. RICS surveyors are trained to identify whether the home looks to be in a conservation area, and Section I of your Norfolk HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will include any suitable and additional questions for your solicitor to ask. Out-of-keeping extensions to the property may be noted in the survey; however, these should be investigated by your lawyer.

Interested in finding out more about what Surveyor Local can do to ease the stress of this part of moving? First, get your instant quote by filling in the form at the top of this page. Then, when you’re ready, call us on 0800 038 6667 for one of our advisers to assign you one of the best chartered surveyors available.

Damaged render

What will the Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco, Regency house in Norfolk?

Stucco is a dense, solid render that is usually layered over brick, setting to a flat surface, which is often trowelled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very attractive and is common on some Victorian and Georgian buildings, but it is prone to defect and Norfolk Building Surveys frequently highlight a number defects (e.g. when settlement of the wall can lead to cracks, or cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water). Resolving problems can be difficult as renderers are becoming harder to find.

Worried about what your survey might reveal and what to do about it? Call Surveyor Local’s friendly advisers on 0800 038 6667 now and they will be happy to take you through the process.

House prices

There is a semi-detached house in the county of Norfolk priced at £215,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Norfolk?

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 Norfolk.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Norfolk in June 2018 was £209,405, which is £5,595 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Norfolk were:

PriceProperty type
£224,841All properties
£133,232Flats/maisonettes
£174,418Terraced
£209,405Semi-detached
£313,698Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 17 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.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Norfolk and are looking for houses with English bond walls. What advice would a Norfolk surveyor give?

Buyers in Norfolk may be aware that several popular brick courses, designs and methods can be found across the UK. This being the case, upkeep of the brickwork may not always be straightforward, and the consequences of amateur repairs can either worsen the problem, or create entirely new defects in a brick wall. Professional advice can reduce the risk of this.

Brick residential property in Norfolk will show signs of several common problems, such as sulphate expansion, or rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack. This may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered, and should be taken very seriously, obtaining advice from a professional to ensure the appropriate course of action.

For more advice, why not call our team at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667? Or you could try our free, instant Norfolk Home Survey quote generator by filling in a few simple details in the form at the top of this page.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to investigate drainage at the maisonette in Norfolk? And could it affect the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the impact that high levels of rainfall can have on houses in Norfolk is curiously not given more thought by house-buyers.

If you have only been to the property in warm weather, obvious defects may be harder to find, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair, if identified early. If not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Anxious to get your survey under way with Surveyor Local? Call our waiting and prepared advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Norfolk builder has mentioned subsidence could be worth checking at our new place in Norfolk. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building; however, this should be distinguished from standard settlement, because some degree of movement will always occur. Recently-built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to it after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

In areas where clay soil is common, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out, causing the clay to contract, pulling on the building's structure, causing subsidence. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the important first step to establishing its solution. This is not always as costly as some buyers might fear. Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, but equally it may exacerbate the problem, so it would be advisable to contact an expert. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can, in rare cases, take months. A Norfolk surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

For more help and advice, contact a local reputable builder, or talk to Surveyor Local’s advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Gas flame

Will a local surveyor look at the condition of the gas mains supply?

A RICS surveyor will visually look at any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This means things like whether the mains is connected as part of the Norfolk survey, as well as gas related installations, for instance balanced flues. Fittings or covers however, won't be detached. The gas system will not be tested in any way. Of course, gas is potentially fatal and if there are any concerns relating to gas installations, call a gas engineer.

East of England based local companies include Axis Heating Ltd of Hideaway, Fen Lane, Norwich, . Tel. 07979072132 and Michael Betts of 12 Preston Avenue, Wymondham, Norfolk Tel. 07974095654.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

For the Norfolk HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a Condition Rating 1 have on roof coverings?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Green, or condition rating 1, indicates that no repair is currently needed, but regular upkeep may still be required. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific residence being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Irrespective of standardised format of the report, your surveyor will provide a bespoke report, tailored to your particular concerns. Roof coverings are checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. Signs of gravel erosion on the roof is an example.

Building Surveys on houses

When acquiring a converted period terraced home in Norfolk, do I need to order a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has a new title and is now named a Building Survey.

The HomeBuyer Report goes into enough detail for a post fifties unmodified Norfolk house made out of typical construction materials. When buying an unconventional house like an extended Norfolk house - this is now the most appropriate survey to opt for. Approximately 3 days after an exhaustive survey of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, a non prescribed format of report will be provided to the buyer providing in depth and serious advice on the standard of construction and repair of the house.

There are a few limitations with a Building Survey as a RICS surveyor wont be able to force or open up the fabric of the Norfolk house e.g. undoing electrical fittings.

Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the mid-century home I am hoping to move into I think we saw that there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit - will the surveyor go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

When performing a Norfolk Home Survey a RICS surveyor will mention the state of the electrics if it appears that they are in an unsatisfactory state.

This will include a visual look-over of any uncovered areas of the wiring in addition to things like checking the type of any electrical fittings in bathrooms or verifying the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by an electrician on the building should usually form part of the survey in Norfolk.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) suggest that a Periodic Inspection be conducted every 10 years (5 if letting out). For local advice in Norfolk from a certified electrician - Mash Electrical , 1 Brussels Cl, Dereham, NR19 1UR .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Norfolk house built in the mid 30s, but it has clay foundations. Can a Norfolk Building Survey consider this?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content being relatively common. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Norfolk property's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Norfolk surveyor to carry out your Property Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.

Damaged Render

What will the Surveyor look for on a stucco regency semi detached home in Norfolk.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is really just dense render. Normally stucco is applied to brick that sets to an even finish. The finish is very attractive and is/was often found on Victorian and Georgian homes. It can contain lime (to make it workable) in it in addition to plant fibres to stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors in Norfolk frequently focus on potentially expensive to remedy problems like trapped moisture leading to the surface breaking

Another example of problems associated with stucco may involve sulphate attack from sulphates absorbed from underlying brickwork. Remedying problems can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.