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Home Buyers Survey in West Derby

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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 West Derby

    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 West Derby

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

    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 West Derby

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in West Derby and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the West Derby property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works, you should you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer comprehensive details of the West Derby property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a West Derby House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to bear in mind when purchasing a house built in around 1770? What consequences will the thatched roof have on repairs?

Many buyers hope to own a home with character. For houses in West Derby built before the 20th Century, age, however, can be problematic. West Derby property built with traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to repair. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Especially for West Derby listed buildings, Materials suitable for the work may be required.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there may be a risk of blue asbestos paper lining in existence at the property. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous substance of several naturally occurring materials. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials for example cement sheet.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic including tensile strength qualities and it may be found in cement. It is mainly found in South Africa.

All forms including white are hazardous and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease following prolonged exposure. In fact breathing in a one fibre is not deadly.

If found, care should be taken not to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought immediately. Getting rid of asbestos may be expensive but absolutely must be carried out by experts.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will report on possible asbestos and should offer advice.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has mentioned subsidence could be a problem impacting the home. What subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey examine?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Often, homes in West Derby are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.