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Surveying in Swindon Made Easy with Surveyor Local

Are you planning to buy a property in Swindon? 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 Swindon

No matter which part of this popular town you intend to purchase in, you can quickly and easily arrange the building survey you need through Surveyor Local.

From established neighbourhoods such as Redhouse, Haydon End, Oakhurst and Abbey Meads, to picturesque and historic spots like Wroughton and Old Town, Surveyor Local can handle your building survey.

We only work with Swindon-based chartered 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 Swindon.

I intend to buy a flat in Swindon. What sort of survey should I instruct?

Whatever type of property you intend to buy in Swindon, the decision on which building survey is best will depend on several 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.

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 Swindon 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 Swindon. 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 Swindon 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.

What kind of roof issues would a Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) reveal?

A Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) uses colour-coded condition ratings that give those purchasing a property clear understanding of any issues. Access to loft or attic space can reveal issues with trusses and supports, torn or punctured damp proofing or missing tiles. Where it is not possible to access the roof for a more thorough inspection, the final report will make this clear.

I'm bidding on a Swindon property that hasn't been renovated in decades, and I'm concerned there may be asbestos in the interior roof tiles. Will a survey show if asbestos is there?

A building survey will not be able to confirm whether asbestos is present, but the surveyor will note any possibility of the fibre's use and advise where further investigation is required. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was used in building materials such as flooring and fireplace lining because of its resistance to heat. The product was also used as insulation in ceiling tiles. Asbestos is a hazardous substance, and prolonged exposure to its fibres can lead to lung cancer or asbestosis. Where asbestos is found, it must be removed by professionals who are licensed by the Health & Safety Executive.

The electrics in the Swindon terraced house we're bidding on are very old. Does a surveyor look at the safety of the wiring?

Whether carrying out a Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) or a Building Survey (RICS Level 3), a chartered surveyor will look at the condition of the electrics, including an overview of the fuse board, its age and condition, any visible wiring, plus 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 their subsequent report. The surveyor will also examine any documentation from electrical wiring tests carried out by an electrician where this is available.

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.

Do clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for Swindon property? Does the Swindon Homebuyer Report (RICS Level 2) investigate this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Issues range from moisture changes in the soil-to-soil movement, both of which can put a home's foundations under great strain. Drought, for instance, can have an obvious effect on clay soil, squeezing the foundations and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property, such as a hard-to-open garage door. When performing your Homebuyers Report (RICS Level 2) in Swindon, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

We're purchasing in Swindon. Is there a flood risk, and will the RICS surveyor inquire into flooding damage?

It is strongly recommended that proper precautions are taken before water damage starts. Flood water can enter a property through several routes, including door frames. Details relating to signs of flooding may be reported in Section J of the Homebuyer Report. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the vendor, but this information may not be accurate.

How will we know what impact will wet weather have on our new building in Swindon? Will the RICS surveyor in Swindon report on this?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the effect which heavy rain has on a residence is usually overlooked. If you have visited the new home in good weather, issues may have been hidden. Signs that drainage is worth a closer look include streaks of dirt down the outside of gutters, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. The good news is that these defects are generally easy to fix, and are also relatively inexpensive, unless they are left untreated. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

What sort of issues will the Property Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered detached house in Swindon that I intend to purchase?

Stucco is really a smooth and flat render. Normally it is applied to underlying red brick that dries to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. It is highly appealing and is often found on Victorian and Regency properties. Stucco is often problematic, and Surveyors in Swindon frequently reveal defects like trapped water culminating in the surface falling away. Another example of problems could involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts sucked out of underlying brickwork. Re-coating Stucco problems can be difficult as craftsmen are getting harder to find.

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