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Home Buyers Survey in Ottershaw

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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 Ottershaw

    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 Ottershaw

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

    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 Ottershaw

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Ottershaw and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same.

If the Ottershaw property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer comprehensive details of the Ottershaw property's general condition and it includes information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Ottershaw Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Ottershaw might be a problem. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the Home Buyers Survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. Most homes in Ottershaw are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We need Flemish Diagonal bond maintenance tips, can a surveyor in Ottershaw help?

Brick flats show signs of numerous defects. For example, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and may require immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Thomas Gerald of 92 Ferry Rd, Kidwelly, SA17 5EJ on 01554 890022.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Can we expect the Ottershaw Home Survey to mention this?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Ottershaw buyers. Issues range from sub-soil shrinkage to soil movement, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Signs like warped window frames in the bathroom can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there are asbestos ceiling boards in the maisonette. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials including shed roofs.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in soil vent pipes for example.

All forms are dangerous and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful on no account to remove it. Professional advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. Your Ottershaw surveyor should report on suspected asbestos and should inform you of the options.