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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 Plymouth

    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

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    Building Survey in Plymouth

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

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    Property Valuation Report in Plymouth

    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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RICS HomeBuyer Report valuation

Which Plymouth Surveys include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for professional fees like legal costs)?

A HomeBuyer Report on a Plymouth property will contain a professional valuation and will also include a reinstatement cost as an integral part of the report, which will cover the cost of rebuilding any permanent outhouses and retaining walls.

To ascertain the property's value, your independent surveyor will take into account their knowledge of the Plymouth property market, as well as other factors about the property (e.g. the number of bedrooms, or size of garden), construction methods, access to amenities and public transport links, key assumptions (such as there being no hazardous materials to be removed, and there being no complex legal issues connected with the sale), connection to utilities, and environmental issues such as the proximity of busy thoroughfares.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

To find out more, receive your instant Plymouth Homebuyer Survey quote from Surveyor Local by filling in the form at the top of this page, or, if you want to discuss which of the options might be best for your needs, call us on 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our survey advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a home's foundations? What should we expect a Plymouth survey to include, and what defects will be reported?

The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact, with shrinking or swelling of clay soil being relatively common. Given that the moisture content has such a great effect on clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise whenever environmental conditions change considerably.

If it is present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Plymouth surveyor to carry out your survey, because they are familiar with the composition of the local soil, and they will have witnessed the effects first-hand.

For more advice on this and other aspects of the surveying process, give Surveyor Local’s waiting team a call on 0800 038 6667.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the Plymouth home surveyor check for possible flood-damage, or if neighbouring property have been affected?

Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity could all cause major flood damage to any property. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a HomeBuyer Report will help to inform your decision. The Environment Agency maintains a flood-alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a residential property, such as via loose patio doors, or ill-fitting windows. Less expensive preventative measures include door-guards, or air-brick covers. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a HomeBuyer Report if the surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the residential property is at risk.

Concerned about any aspect of the survey process? Why not take a moment to call Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667 and talk to one of our advisers?

Shocking electrics

When we were shown the period property we want to lease in Plymouth, the agent said that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses; will a survey report on the state of the wiring?

When conducting a Plymouth HomeBuyer Report, the surveyor will add details on the electrics if it is suspected that they are in an unsafe state of repair. This should include an overview or examination of any revealed areas of the wiring, fuse-box, etc. as well as inspecting the condition of fitted appliances, like water heaters, and reviewing a sample of the light fittings, switches and sockets. Verifying the location of the test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably-qualified electrician should be part of the survey.

Always seek advice on electrical systems, if you have any concerns, from reputable local electricians like SSI Electrical Services Ltd., Unit 28, Plympton Park, Bell Close, Newnham Industrial Estate, Plymouth, PL7 4JH (Tel: 01579 551408), or RC Electrical, 5 Forest Avenue, Plymouth, PL2 3QD (Tel: 07813 195943).

If you’re ready to set up an appointment for a chartered surveyor to start their examination, call Surveyor Local now on 0800 038 6667.

Defective door frame

For the Plymouth HomeBuyer Report, can you provide some examples of red-light rated defects impacting the section 'E6 - Outside doors'?

The HomeBuyer Report uses a system of traffic light indicators to show the severity of all the parts that have been inspected.

For the section highlighted in the question, all doors leading outside are checked by the surveyor, but will not be forced open without keys, or if they are stuck closed. In general, glazing and safety glass issues are also checked. A damaged doorframe is an example of a Section E6 defect. A red rating will indicate that these issues could risk the health and safety of residents.

For more information on the contents of the survey, why not have a look at Surveyor Local’s sample reports, such as the HomeBuyer Report, or give us a call on 0800 038 6667?

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Plymouth house with a loft conversion, so what aspects of the attic will be checked?

Plymouth properties in otherwise fine condition could, unfortunately, experience damage to the roof, including bowed trusses, or cracked soffits. From dormers to wind-braces, the whole roof will be investigated as part of the survey, and your surveyor may suggest that any critical defects be addressed as soon as possible.

Given the high cost of major roof repairs like replacement of a failed dormer, some homeowners may defer its maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. If an estimate for roofing work is required, a roofing contractor in the local area can provide one.

Looking for the most cost-effective solution to your survey needs? Surveyor Local has competitive low prices without compromising on the service. Why not call us now on 0800 038 6667?

House prices

There is a detached house in the PL6 postcode area priced at £320,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Plymouth?

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 Plymouth.

This means the average price of completed transactions for detached houses in Plymouth in June 2018 was £311,295, which is £8,705 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Plymouth were:

PriceProperty type
£174,510All properties
£116,585Flats/maisonettes
£166,797Terraced
£195,222Semi-detached
£311,295Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 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.

Stone-block wall damage

Can Doulting stone-built structures be a challenge. Which related issues should we consider, and will the Plymouth surveyor offer any advice?

From Farmington Stone to Golconda Dolomitic Limestone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country, helped by its geological richness.

Problems which impact stone-built houses can vary greatly, with issues like staining being quote common. Irregular stone walls are not unusual in the construction of houses, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used for the more decorative elements. Maintenance tips include using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.

If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail, which costs £500, including VAT (information correct as at 16 August 2018). Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

For your instant Plymouth Home Survey quote from Surveyor Local, fill in the form located at the top of this page, or call our team of survey experts on 0800 038 6667.

House Prices

I am planning to acquire a detached house in PL1. The vendor is asking £164, 546. What things does the Plymouth RICS chartered surveyor evaluate during a survey ?

Any number of issues which could affect the price of property ranging from proximity to road noise to the architectural style of the property. It is useful to set against values recorded in Plymouth for similar properties.

The average house price registered at the Land Registry between Jul and Oct 2012 was £163, 246, which is £1, 300 less than the amount you are paying. The average factoring in houses and flats was £156, 365. 25, Pridham Lane, Plymouth, City Of Plymouth, City Of Plymouth, PL2 3PH a detached property sold for £179, 950 .

The best way to get an impartial home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as a core component.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Plymouth include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall) and how does the surveyor work it out?

A Homebuyer Report on a Plymouth property will include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as an integral part of the report. To fully consider the property's value your surveyor will pair knowledge of Plymouth and other considerations relating to the property for instance: state of repair The RICS surveyor will also consider materials used and make certain key assumptions like there being no major problems.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Please call for information. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The valuation is also on the basis that there is an absence of any major legal issues e.g. the tenure being as indicated (e.g freehold). Advice should be sought from your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further Plymouth assumptions like the access roads not being in private control, are made as well as any significant environmental problems like the area being prone to flooding, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Conservation area

Are there any factors I would need to consider if buying a flat in Plymouth in the vicinity of Union Street conservation area ?

Union Street is in a conservation area and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and unknown. For more information visit their website or call Mike Daniells on 01752 304397. There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in England and Wales that are designated and monitored by the local council. Union Street is monitored by Plymouth City Council at Civic Centre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA. Contact 01752 668 000. Plymouth surveyors need to have knowledge of relevant local area issues and the bearing they have on the home and its value. Property values will likely be significantly higher owing to them being in their original state.

RICS surveyors are expected tell you if the home is/might be is so classified and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Plymouth Homebuyer Report will advise further enquiries are conducted by the solicitor or conveyancer. Out of keeping changes to the property may also be advised, however these should be investigated by the lawyer. Goldbergs are based in 7 Ford Park Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6QZ should be happy to advise. Tel: 01752 660 023

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a danger of asbestos cement being found in the building. What is asbestos, can it be handled easily and does the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a noxious silicate material. Some types may be in building materials such as Fuse box.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in flooring materials.

All forms are pernicious and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful on no account to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. Never try to handle it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a Plymouth HomeBuyer report. They will mention the risk of asbestos and will suggest further investigation.

For further help on asbestos removal, Asbestos Agency (UK) Ltd, 37, Craigie Drive, The Millfields, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL1 3JB may be able to help - Call: 01752 600001

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the home surveyor check for possible flood damage, or if neighbouring property have been affected?

Burst dams, poor drainage and tidal activity could all cause major flood damage. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a HomeBuyer Report will inform your decision. The Environment Agency maintain a flood alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a residential property, such as via loose patio doors. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a HomeBuyer Report if the surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the residential property is at risk.