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Home Buyers Survey in West Midlands

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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 Midlands

    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 Midlands

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

    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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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in West Midlands and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the West Midlands property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, 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, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap however it does give an in-depth analysis of the West Midlands property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant West Midlands Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled properties cause problems for owners? Are there specific issues to consider?

Buyers of listed buildings built with stone should consider that appropriate maintenance methods and goods are used, and enforced by the local council. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like displacement will vary with the particular type of stone. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.

Common guidance may include using traditional techniques when making repairs to the fabric of older buildings.

Traditionally built property

We are buying an older property in West Midlands. Will the building's age be a concern?

For houses in West Midlands built before the 20th Century, age can occasionally give buyers second thoughts. Structures showcasing traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be surprisingly expensive to maintain. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced. As an example of Post Medieval building, Blakesley Hall in Yardley (Birmingham) was constructed in around 1590.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence issues does the West Midlands Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be remedied quite easily. In general, homes in West Midlands are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks are a clear suggestion of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Gas flame

Will the surveyor check the condition of the gas installations?

The RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually survey the easily accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect whether the meter is in an escape route as part of the survey, as well as gas affiliated appliances such as chimney breasts or flues. The gas fittings won't be taken off. Gas can be unsafe and if there are any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in West Midlands include Dail Heating of 5, Barnfordhill Close, Oldbury, West Midlands Tel. 01215447364 and S T Shaw of 139, Bleakhouse Road, Warley, West Midlands Tel. 01214216711.

Gas regulations stipulate landlords are legally required to carry out appliance and installation inspections every year. Non compliance penalties are criminal .