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Home Buyers Survey in West Norwood

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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 Norwood

    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 Norwood

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

    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 Norwood

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Should I opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in West Norwood and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Norwood property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any major works, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it does give you a thorough analysis of the West Norwood property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get a West Norwood Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact does wet conditions have on our new West Norwood property? Also, where there [var10], what should we do?

Both in West Norwood, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the impact high levels of rainfall can have on a residence is not given enough thought by buyers. If you have only been to the house you are buying in dry conditions, obvious defects may be harder to find.

Signs that drainage systems are at risk include mildew in the attic. Blocked rainwater goods can result in water damage.

These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair, if identified early. However, if the drains are not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The English bond walls on this Edwardian terrace has deteriorated. What are the possible consequences?

Brick-constructed structures do benefit from many advantages. However, they can also suffer from a range of defects. This could be anything from spalling to efflorescence. One defect surveyors commonly report on brick buildings is thermal movement, particularly on longer walls. Norman Brickwork Ltd at Park Chesterfield/Chapel Rd, Smallfield, Horley, RH6 9NW should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 01342 843556.

Buyers in West Norwood should consider that a broad range of techniques feature in construction throughout West Norwood. E.g. running, or stretcher, bond. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor investigate?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In addition, some homes in West Norwood are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. On the inside, keep an eye out for new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork. Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.