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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 Poole

    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 Poole

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

    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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Damage resulting from flooding

Does a Poole surveyor investigate any water damage?

With the increase in reports of devastating floods recently with many individual years in the last decade being the wettest on record, flooding can be a major concern. However, proximity to bodies of water and height above sea level of the property is no guarantee that your house is safe from flooding. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a survey report will inform your decision.

As with many aspects of home-ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. Flood-water can enter a property in Poole through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly-fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. A knowledge of factors in the Poole area likely to affect the property also enables the property surveyor to advise whether flooding may be a risk or not. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.

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Shocking electrics

When I viewed a property I am buying in Poole, I think I saw evidence of an overload of the fuses; will the surveyor report anything on the wiring and electrical system?

During the Poole Homebuyer’s Survey, your RICS surveyor will highlight any issues with the electrics if it is obvious that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include a visual examination of any uncovered sections of the wiring, fuse-box, etc., as well as looking at possible problems relating to the category of the electrical fittings in bathrooms, or checking the state of a sample of switch gear and sockets. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably-qualified electrician will also form part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is performed at least every ten years for residential properties (or every five years, if you are letting the property out).

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Overgrown flat roof with weeds

In the Poole HomeBuyer Report, what can subsection 'E2 - Roof coverings' cover?

The HomeBuyer Report is divided into twelve sections, with Section E covering the external aspects of the property. Within this, there are nine subsections, and the second one looks after roof coverings. Quite a common example of the types of defect reported here is a brittle asphalt roof. Roof coverings, including flat and sloped roofs will be checked by the surveyor, provided that access is possible.

The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read. As buyers in Poole are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and the materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Red, amber and green ratings give purchasers indicate how concerning each aspect of the report is. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific residence being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

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Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic created issues for us in a house we used to own; What aspects of the loft in the new house in Poole will be investigated?

The subject of problems with roofing is frequently addressed by property surveyors. Many homes can, to the disappointment of their would-be owners, still suffer issues with the roof, even if the rest of the property is proven to be sound, like bowed trusses, broken tiles, or cracked soffits. Every part of the roof or loft, such as collar beams, will be checked as part of the survey. There are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Poole, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including whether the roof is literally flat, because the incline is recommended to be at least twelve degrees.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Poole, but it is a health and safety necessity. A builder with a good reference should be able to assist with a quote.

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Timber damage by insect larvae

A local warned us about bugs on the street in Poole; how do we investigate further?

Properties in Poole are not usually impacted by serious cases of vermin but buying without any professional advice on the issue is not recommended. Regrettably, vermin can impact a home's worth and also affect the health of the residents. It is vital, therefore, that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, irritating cluster flies will hibernate in autumn, but will return every year without treatment. Solutions to a serious infestation may include removal of infected furniture, or even replacing walls or timbers. As awareness of less common problems like this grows, more surveys should more readily identify these and advise on remedies.

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House prices

There is a semi-detached house in the BH11 postcode area priced at £318,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Poole?

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 Poole.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Poole in June 2018 was £308,011, which is £9,989 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Poole were:

PriceProperty type
£316,360All properties
£207,094Flats/maisonettes
£253,275Terraced
£308,011Semi-detached
£486,956Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 21 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.

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Asbestos roof-tiles

The seller has mentioned there are asbestos ceiling boards in the maisonette in Poole. What is asbestos, and why is considered to be bad?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous substance, that comes in over sixty varieties, although only three (white, blue and brown) were regularly used in British construction before its outright ban in 1999. Because of its ability to retard fire, and prevent attack from chemicals, and its soundproofing qualities, it should be no surprise that, until its harmful effects on health were fully understood, asbestos was treated as a miracle material that was used in all manner of building products, from roof-tiles to paint.

All forms of asbestos are ultimately hazardous and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Its existence does not necessarily pose a direct risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you must be careful never to move or break it, and professional advice should be sought immediately. You should not endeavour to handle it yourself. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey, but they will report any suspected asbestos, and should suggest further investigation.

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Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy an apartment in Poole, and have noticed that the driveway surface is broken and uneven; could this be evidence of subsidence? What issues will the HomeBuyer Report identify?

Movement of the foundations of a home is what is known as subsidence, but there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement, both of which may exhibit similar symptoms. Less common than subsidence, heave occurs where the ground-level moves upwards against the foundations. Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause groundwater subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil, and a sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step to identifying the practical solution. It has been estimated that around 70% of subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil, although pruning or removing them may exacerbate the problem, so professional advice should be sought before starting work. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

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Damage resulting from flooding

Does a Poole RICS surveyor investigate any water damage?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record. If you are planning to buy in a flood-affected area, a survey report will inform your decision.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.

Flood water can enter a property in Poole through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Poole area likely to affect the property in Poole also enables the property surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing a warehouse conversion in Poole. What impact will the property's slate roof have on upkeep?

For houses in Poole built before the 20th Century, age can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Structures showcasing traditional methods can be a drain to maintain. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may increase the importance of getting a comprehensive building survey.