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Home Buyers Survey in Oakwood

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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 Oakwood

    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 Oakwood

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

    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 Oakwood

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Oakwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the Oakwood property, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a thorough analysis of the Oakwood property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Oakwood Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

I'm confused - which surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of professional fees e.g legal fees) and how is it calculated?

A Homebuyer Report in Oakwood will include an independent valuation and a rebuilding cost included in the cost of the survey. In order to determine the property's value the surveyor will take into account in depth understanding of the Oakwood market and other factors relating to the property e.g. desirability of the location. Surveyors also evaluate construction methods and will use key assumptions like the ground is not land filled. Surveyors will ignore things like furnishings e.g. carpets.

Further Oakwood conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or service connections, are made as well as any significant environmental issues like busy roads, which will also be factored in.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a apartment in Oakwood and found the driveway surface is broken and uneven. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Buyers in Oakwood should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In addition, some homes in Oakwood are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

In areas of clay soil, a dry spell will lower the water table. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, putting pressure on the structure and which causes subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. 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.