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Home Buyers Survey in Woodcote

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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 Woodcote

    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 Woodcote

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

    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 Woodcote

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Woodcote and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Woodcote property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications on the Woodcote property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you comprehensive details of the Woodcote property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

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Building Surveys on houses

I don't see the reason for conducting the full structural survey when investing in a extended terraced cottage near Woodcote rather than a HomeBuyer Report?

Although commonly (incorrectly) referred to as Full Structural Surveys by many agents and buyers - the correct term is actually now Building Surveys. The HomeBuyer Report is enough if buying a post fifties Woodcote house assembled from typical building materials i.e. brick walls and tiled roof. The Building Survey is the advisable one to choose for the house described. Once a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, the chartered surveyors report will be sent to the purchaser providing any crucial details in relation to the construction materials used on the house. There are certain limitations exist with a Building Survey as a qualified RICS surveyor wont be able to (unless safe to do so) open up the fabric of the building or advise whether drainage meets appropriate regulations.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On the HomeBuyer Report what impact will a green light rating have on 'E2 - Roof coverings' ?

For a Woodcote house, one issue is a cracking asphalt roof. As part of Section E, E2 reports on flat and sloped roof issues. These are inspected by the surveyor, if these parts of the property are easy to view or easy to access. If access cannot be arranged, e.g. the property is a flat, the surveyor will be unable to include this in the report. A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is in good condition, but regular upkeep may still be required. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. RICS have mandated a specific format for the HomeBuyer Report to aid the creation of a useful and comprehensive report for both surveyors and home buyers. As a result, some sections may not be relevant to every property, such as reporting on the condition of the roof of a ground floor flat.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Another resident of the building said that the had been a problem with subsidence, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What should we look for?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Many residential properties can often hide damage to the roof, including. Any part of the roof or loft, such as tie beams, ought to be checked, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing specialist. Call Avenir Roofing of Serving Woodcote, Reading on 0800 163955 for details.

Damaged Render

What kind of problems will the Woodcote Surveyor consider on a stucco regency home in Woodcote that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is just a specific type of render. Commonly stucco is applied to red brick that dries to a smooth flat finish. The coating is very attractive and is/was found on Georgian buildings. it can be prone to defect and Woodcote Homebuyer Reports can detail any number of problems such as lateral visible cracking that describes the mortar lines between the brick. Other potential problems could be when water gets in under windows that results in detachment. Re-coating problems may be difficult as the skills are getting rarer.

House Prices

Is £468, 108 within the right sort of area amount to pay for a house close to good transport links in RG8 for and what will the qualified RICS surveyor allow for when valuing house prices in Woodcote ?

There is a near endless list of things which could positively or negatively affect house prices including the amount of service charges payable or if it is near a potential development. As an indicator, one can try to benchmark prices values achieved in the area for similar houses.

The average house price registered in the 3rd quarter of 2012 was £462, 408, which is £5, 700 less than the amount the vendor is asking for. The average for houses and flats combined was £442, 213. Woodpeckers, 3, Reading Road, Woodcote, Reading, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, RG8 0QY a detached property sold for £268, 000 .

The most accurate way for home buyers to get an accurate and professional house valuation is with a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report by default. A qualified surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.