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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 Oldham

    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 Oldham

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

    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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House prices

There is a semi-detached house in the OL3 postcode area priced at £150,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Oldham?

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 Oldham.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Oldham in June 2018 was £144,150, which is £5,850 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Oldham were:

PriceProperty type
£128,831All properties
£95,981Flats/maisonettes
£105,407Terraced
£144,150Semi-detached
£224,453Detached

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.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of when buying a maisonette next to Higher Hills Farm Inert Landfill near Grasscroft, and landfill sites generally?

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes (e.g. non-hazardous waste material disposal, or non-biodegradable wastes, like the one based at Higher Hills Farm). A huge number of sites affect many thousands of people throughout the UK including Oldham. Worries might include chemicals like dioxins being leaked into the environment.

Surveyors will consider any structural problems directly resulting from the landfill, while your lawyer will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency datasets, in addition to talking to Oldham Local Authority, and they will advise you of their findings in their report on title.

All of the chartered surveyors working with Surveyor Local are fully accredited with a wealth of local knowledge and survey experience behind them. This, with our low costs and high-quality service, makes Surveyor Local your best option for a survey. Get your instant quote by filling in the form at the top of this page. Or, if you want to appoint a surveyor, call our waiting team of advisers on 0800 038 6667.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Oldham, and which would be the cheapest?

For information, the Full Structural Survey was the original name for what the RICS has rebranded as the Building Survey but is essentially the same level of survey but made easier to read and understand.

If the Oldham property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, the RICS advises that you go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. Although not as cheap, the Building Survey will offer an in-depth analysis of the Oldham property's condition, and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options.

If you are in doubt, get an Oldham Survey Quote from Surveyor Local by going to the top of this page and filling in the short and simple form, or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged render

What will an RICS Surveyor look for on a stucco-coated, Victorian, semi-detached home in Oldham that I wish to buy?

Stucco (which is also called pargetting) is really just a kind of render that is normally applied to underlying brick to form an attractive smooth finish that resembles stone. Sometimes, it is then trowelled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is highly attractive and is common on some Victorian and Georgian buildings, and it can contain lime (to make it workable) in addition to a wire under-mesh to help prevent cracks in the surface.

Stucco is often problematic, and Oldham Building Surveys will highlight any issues found (e.g. trapped water leading to the render failing and needing repair, or sulphate attack from sulphates sucked out of bricks). Remedying problems can be expensive as the skills are becoming harder to find.

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External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Oldham and are looking for houses built with Sussex bond brick. What suggestions can an Oldham surveyor make, and does the age of the property matter?

Brick-constructed, converted properties have several advantages over those built from other materials. Equally, though, they can also experience a number of issues, ranging from badly-applied render to frost-damaged pointing, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely.

If the Oldham surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

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Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Oldham and have spotted cracks along one external wall; could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues will the house survey reveal?

Subsidence is defined as movement in a building's foundations, putting the structural integrity of the house in jeopardy. In the majority of cases, though, subsidence can be rectified more easily than you might expect.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of trees and large bushes, for example, can seriously undermine foundations. This is particularly the case in clay soil, because water is removed from the soil by the plants’ roots. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key to identifying the precise remedy. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or the risk of it. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.

For guidance on repairs, you can contact a reputable local builder such as M. Mills Building Contractors, Ltd., Saddleworth Business Centre, Huddersfield Road, Oldham, OL3 5DF (Tel: 01457 606094), or H. B. Construction, 146 Chadderton Way, Oldham, OL1 2EW (Tel: 07788 850016).

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Conservation area

Will there be anything I need to consider when buying a building in Oldham in a conservation area?

There are around ten thousand designated conservation areas in the UK, which are overseen by the local authorities. Surveyors in Oldham are required by the RICS to possess relevant knowledge of local factors and the effect these may have with the building under review and its value. Property prices are usually greater in conservation areas due to them being largely unspoilt; however, many of them are falling into a state of neglect (e.g. because of the huge increase in street clutter).

For example, Oldham Town Centre is a designated conservation area, which English Heritage has rated as poor, with a medium vulnerability and a trend of deterioration. You can find out more information here.

Property surveyors are trained to advise you whether the location is possibly in a conservation area, and Section I of your Oldham HomeBuyer Report (Issues for Your Legal Advisers) will highlight further questions to be raised as part of the conveyancing process. Unconsented extensions that do not have Local Authority approval will be reported within the survey, but the responsibility for dealing with these issues lie with your lawyer.

John Birkby & Co. are a local firm of solicitors situated at 150 Huddersfield Road, Oldham, OL4 2RD (Tel: 0161 626 5686), and they may be able to tell you what to look out for. Or you could contact an online conveyancer, like In-Deed or Homeward Legal.

Ready to obtain an instant quote with the most cost-effective chartered surveyors? Try Surveyor Local’s quote generator by filling in the simple form at the top of this page. Ready to appoint your surveyor? Call us now on 0800 038 6667 to get your survey under way today.

Traditionally-built property

My partner and I are buying an old coast-house in Oldham. Will repair costs be higher than for standard properties?

Many buyers in Oldham yearn to buy a home with bags of character and stacks of charm, such as a barn-conversion or a house on the coast. A property's age, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Homes built using traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to repair, because specialist knowledge may be needed, especially for listed property or a house in a conservation area, while traditional building materials may also be required. This could result in longer-term maintenance obligations.

If you are uncertain, speak to your property surveyor for further advice, or call Surveyor Local’s team of advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of when buying a maisonette next to Higher Hills Farm Inert Landfill near Grasscroft and landfill sites generally

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. non-hazardous waste material disposal. A huge number of sites affect many thousands of people throughout the UK including Oldham. Worries might include chemicals like dioxins .

Surveyors will consider any structural problems resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets in addition to Oldham Local Authority and advise you .

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying a 18th Century barn conversion in Oldham. Will the building's age be a problem?

The age of a structure can often be problematic. Oldham property built with traditional methods can be expensive to repair. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed buildings. This may be a good opportunity to discuss lowering the purchase price to cover repair costs. Contact your chartered surveyor for further advice.

Building Surveys on houses

I am buying a substantially modified Edwardian detached property, should I order a full structural survey?

Structural surveys are now dubbed Building Surveys. You should choose a Building Survey for the property described. The HomeBuyer Report is sufficient if investigating a post fifties unmodified Oldham home built out of conventional construction materials and methods i.e. brick and tile. Be aware that a number survey no go areas exist with any survey as the Oldham based surveyor is not in a position to (unless owners consent provided) force or open up the structure of the house or look into the internal condition of chimneys.