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Home Buyers Survey in Potters Bar

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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 Potters Bar

    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 Potters Bar

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

    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 Potters Bar

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Potters Bar and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Potters Bar property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any works or an extension, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give comprehensive details of the Potters Bar property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Potters Bar House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

Do I need to order a full structural survey before purchasing a doer-upper Edwardian cottage near Potters Bar?

Full Structural Surveys are now known Building Surveys. We recommend that you get a Building Survey in relation to the house you are planning to buy. A HomeBuyer Report is all you really need if buying a non period Potters Bar home of typical construction materials. You should be aware of certain limitations are integral with any survey as RICS chartered surveyor will not be able to, unless safe to do so and with consent from the owner, force or open up the structure of the house or comment on non-permanent out buildings.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller mentioned subsidence may be an issue. Is this a major concern, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does occur in recently built structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Potters Bar. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. This reduces the volume of the subsoil, allowing the weight of the property to distort the supporting ground. Inside the house, keep an eye out for rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.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. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.