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Home Buyers Survey in West Malling

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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 Malling

    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 Malling

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

    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 Malling

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in West Malling and which would be cheaper?

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

If the West Malling property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works on the West Malling property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the West Malling property's condition along with advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a West Malling Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Can we expect the West Malling Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs, such as minor wall cracks in the living room. A West Malling surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the building I intend to purchase, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets; does Homebuyer Report in West Malling report on the electrics?

When performing a Building Survey in West Malling the RICS surveyor will typically comment on the state of the electrics if it looks like the electrics are in an unsafe state. A Chartered surveyor is required to report on possible problems relating to things like inspecting the state of any fitted appliances e.g. storage radiators or verifying the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will form part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) suggest an electrical check should be carried out at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

Conservation area

Are there any problems I should check on if buying a converted flat in West Malling near a conservation area ?

There are over 9, 000 of conservation areas in England and Wales which are governed by local authorities. Surveyors in West Malling need to possess sufficient knowledge of relevant local area factors and the bearing they have on the home. Prices will likely be more than prices outside the area due to them being unspoilt.

Surveyors are expected inform you whether the location is or might be in a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your West Malling Homebuyer Report will advise the proper questions are carried out as part of the legal process. Unapproved extensions to the building may also be advised but these are really more a concern for your lawyer.

Building Surveys on maisonettes

Should I pay a bit more for a full structural survey when considering a maisonette ?

Building Survey is the new name for the Full Structural Survey following its new title a while ago by the RICS. This is the best survey if buying a modified maisonette e.g. an older maisonette in West Malling. It details significant insight on the homes state of repair along with any important technical details, shortly after a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts of the house.