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Home Buyers Survey in Towcester

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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 Towcester

    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 Towcester

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

    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 Towcester

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Towcester and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Towcester property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally 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 make any alterations on the property, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Towcester property's condition in addition to advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice get a Towcester Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will the Towcester Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered house in Towcester which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is actually a kind of render. Commonly it is layered over underlying brick hardens to a smooth stone like appearance. The finish is highly beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency homes. It may have lime in it in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Towcester Building Surveys can focus on any number of problems like trapped water culminating in damp problems requiring costly repairs

Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when the application has been taken down to ground level and bypasses the DPC. Re-covering problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Towcester, what will 'E2' cover?

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give purchasers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy. As buyers in Towcester are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show to what extent each defect requires attention. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the property. If a property does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.

One example issue could be old, worn out roof elements. As part of Section E, E2 reports on flat and sloped roof issues. These are checked, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. If it is not possible to properly access this area for inspection (if, for example, the property is a flat), the surveyor will make note of this in their report.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of cracks across the render on the outside walls when we last viewed the flat. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the Building Survey?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Most homes in Towcester are erected with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground and can sometimes become unstable and start to slip downhill. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A neighbour warned us about insects in the area. Do we need a surveyor?

Purchasers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, a moth infestation may not be found for months after purchase, and even if treated, may never be fully eradicated. Treatment for pest problems may include traps. If you believe house longhorn beetle, or any pest, may be present, request that your property surveyor pay close attention during the survey.