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Home Buyers Survey in Penge

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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 Penge

    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 Penge

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

    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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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Penge and which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Penge property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Penge property's general condition along with an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get a Penge House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Window frame

On the HomeBuyer Report, can you give examples of an red light rating defects affecting windows?

The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. Severe defects impacting the house are indicated with a 'red' condition rating of 3. Defects marked in red may also need further inspection by an expert. For a Penge residential property, one issue is ineffective window drip caps. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

Traditionally built property

What should we bear in mind when purchasing an old building in Penge? What effect will the house's rafter roof have on upkeep?

Use of traditional methods can create issues for homeowners. Property constructed with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be unexpectedly hard to maintain. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed buildings.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Penge builder said subsidence might be a problem. What subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey investigate?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.