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The surveyor who produces your report will be local to East Sussex with knowledge of the area. We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

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Surveying in East Sussex made easy with Surveyor Local

Are you planning to buy a property in East Sussex? Then one of the first things you'll need is a property survey. Getting a property survey doesn't have to be complicated. At Surveyor Local we can help you make an informed decision about any property you plan to buy.

We offer Homebuyer Reports (RICS Level 2), Building Surveys (RICS Level 3), and Property Valuations. So get things moving in a matter of moments with an online quote, call us on , or request a callback.

Arranging a building survey in East Sussex

Found a property you want to buy and need to arrange a building survey in East Sussex? No matter which part of this historic county you intend to purchase in, you can arrange the building survey you need through Surveyor Local.

From the biggest towns such as Crowborough, Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea to picturesque and historic spots such as Alfriston and Battle, Surveyor Local can arrange the essential East Sussex building survey you need.

We only work with chartered East Sussex surveyors registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to guarantee the highest quality service at affordable prices.

Read on to find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about building surveys in East Sussex.

I'm buying a period first floor apartment in East Sussex, what sort of survey should I instruct?

Whatever type of property you intend to buy in East Sussex, the decision on which building survey is best will depend on a number of factors. For example, a full structural survey known as a Building Survey (RICS Level 3) will provide a more in-depth examination and explanation of the fabric of a building. This might be more appropriate when buying a flat or apartment because the surveyor can be asked to provide an opinion on shared areas of a property, such as the roof area, hallways and stairwells.

In the Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2), what does an amber light rating mean for joinery and finishes?

Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate to what extent each defect requires attention. Amber, or condition rating 2 defects will need to be repaired or replaced at some point, but this may not be urgent. This section includes visual aspects of the roof, checked with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. The condition of decorations to all joinery elements will be investigated. Flashing or joint defects, for example, would be reported here.

We're cash buyers. Do we need to bother with any kind of structural survey or will a Homebuyer Report(RICS Level 2) be enough?

It's always best to be forewarned about any potential issues with a property, and those buying without a mortgage need to protect their investment just as a lender would. A Building Survey (RICS Level 3) is the most comprehensive and technical survey offered by East Sussex RICS surveyors working with Surveyor Local. An examination of the property's accessible areas - both interior and exterior - will inform an in-depth report on its construction, any visible defects and their causes, and any recommendations on repair and maintenance options. A Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) would also identify any structural issues, such as subsidence, but this will not be as thorough an examination as the Building Survey.

We are interested in buying a barn conversion in East Sussex. Which type of survey will reveal if the age of the property is an issue?

The method of construction used in a property may dictate which kind of survey you choose. Older properties built using traditional methods and materials may be more expensive to maintain, while any defects may not be obvious without a detailed inspection. When you instruct a East Sussex RICS chartered surveyor through Surveyor Local, you get the opportunity to discuss whether the property you intend to buy has any specific issues related to its age or construction type. The surveyor can advise on what survey would best suit your circumstances.

Will an East Sussex surveyor look at the electrics?

Whether carrying out a Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) examination or a Building Survey (RICS Level 3), an East Sussex RICS chartered surveyor will look at the condition of the electrics, including an overview of the fuse board, its age and condition; any visible wiring; electrical fittings such as showers and light fittings. If the electrics are in an unsatisfactory or dangerous state of repair, the surveyor will highlight this in the subsequent report. Where available, the surveyor will also examine any documentation from electrical wiring tests that have been carried out by an electrician.

Does the chartered surveyor give details on the condition of the gas supply?

Your RICS surveyor will locate and visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include gas heaters at the home in addition to gas related fittings such as chimney maintenance and the flue. Gas fittings will not be removed, and the system will not be tested at all. Most people are aware that gas is potentially fatal. If you have any worries relating to gas installations at all, we suggest you call a gas engineer.

Gas regulations require that all landlords must complete appliance and installation inspections every year. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines or imprisonment.

What impact should high levels of rainfall have on a property in East Sussex? We're concerned about maintenance costs.

Regular rainfall is common in East Sussex and across the country, but the impact heavy rainfall can have on homes is often overlooked by home buyers. If you have only seen the property in dry conditions, issues may have been hidden. You may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider purchasing. These are usually simple matters to resolve, if caught early. However, if drains are left untreated, 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.

The seller mentioned there is a risk that panel boards below the windows are made of asbestos. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a dangerous substance formed from metamorphic rocks. Often found in different materials, including duct connectors, it was commonly used for its good heat and chemical resistance properties. All forms are ultimately hazardous and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If found, you should never remove it yourself and professional advice must be sought as soon as possible. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos during the survey. However, they will report on the potential of its existence in the property and should inform you of the options.

Are there any concerns I need to be aware of when buying a converted house near an East Sussex conservation area?

There are over 10,000 designated conservation areas in the UK, governed by the local authority. Surveyors in East Sussex must have sufficient knowledge of relevant local considerations and any relation they have on the building and its value. Property values tend to be higher as many period properties have retained their original character and these areas are largely unspoilt. However, many conservation areas have been neglected and are in a poor state, mostly caused by unauthorised alterations. Property surveyors are expected to report whether the property looks to be within a conservation area.

A Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) will suggest additional due diligence and enquiries are raised by your legal representation. Unapproved extensions that do not have Local Authority approval may also be noted in the survey.

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