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Home Buyers Survey in Wanstead

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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 Wanstead

    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 Wanstead

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

    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 Wanstead

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Wanstead and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Wanstead property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations on the Wanstead property, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Wanstead property's state of repair along with an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Wanstead House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Will the HomeBuyer Report consider this?

Whether a home was built in 17011 or 20011, factors as varied as termites or dry rot can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in numerous issues. Issues range from soil compaction or compression to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a home's foundations under great strain. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table, such as warping of floorboards.

Taking precautions, such as keeping standing water on the property in check, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a home in Wanstead and the vendor has stated that it has been partially constructed with Clipsham stone. What factors must we watch out for?

Locally quarried stone may be more susceptible to specific issues. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does the Wanstead home survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for professional fees e.g legal fees) and how is it calculated?

The Homebuyer Report includes an impartial valuation and will also include a cost of reinstatement. To be able to determine the value of the property your independent surveyor will use awareness of the Wanstead property market as well as other factors about the property e.g. general condition. Your Wanstead surveyor will also consider style of architecture and use key assumptions, for example no damaging building techniques have been used. Surveyors ignore certain things like furnishings.

Additional local area assumptions, for example the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like pig farms, which will also be factored in. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property but are worried about bugs - Will a property surveyor look into this?

Purchasers should know that is not a requirement that a seller to disclose a vermin problem. This issue should be taken seriously. An affected home may not always be easy to identify, for example, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. Remedies to pest problems can include removal of infected furniture. If you strongly suspect an issue with lice, or any pest, speak to your surveyor