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Home Buyers Survey Stockport.

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At Fairhurst Buckley we provide you with a professional home buyers survey in the Stockport and South Manchester area. Our experience and wealth of knowledge provides peace of mind and a transparent report on the property you are buying.

Our team are specialists and we know where to look and what to look for in any residential property whether it be a flat, apartment or a house.

We provide you with the report in a timely manner and available to contact should you have any queries or concerns.

How much does a HomeBuyers Survey cost.

A Level 2 Home Survey starts from approximately £400 + VAT / A Level 3 Building Survey starts from approximately £600 + VAT

What is a HomeBuyers Survey.

A Level 2 HomeBuyer Survey is classed as a visual inspection of the property. It evaluates the overall general condition of the property and highlights any obvious defects. The L2 Home Survey is recommended for properties of standard construction in a reasonable condition. The report is written in an easy to understand RICS standard reporting system, which highlights any areas of the property that will require attention.

A Level 3 Building Survey is a more detailed inspection of the property and is recommended for properties over 60-70 years old, those with structural or historic damage. The report highlights any defects and provides a greater explanation as well as recommendations for suitable remedial works. As with the L2 Home Survey, the report is presented in an easy to understand standard RICS format.

What does a HomeBuyers Survey cover.

The RICS Home Buyer Survey is written in a jargon-free and understandable way, with colour-coded condition ratings.
This report is the most popular report for buyers and is an economic but detailed report which is suitable for the majority of residential properties, which clearly presents all findings in an easy to read format.
To summarise, this report includes the following information:

  • a description of the condition of each element of the property
  • colour-coded condition ratings
  • comment on defects, and additional advice on repairs and maintenance
  • an overall opinion and summary of condition ratings

This report excludes the following:

cost estimates for repairs any detailed description of the construction of the building or detailed advice on specific defects a market valuation a reinstatement cost assessment (however this can be provided by Fairhurst Buckley as a separate service)

How long does a HomeBuyers Survey take.

For a standard 3 bed semi, it would take approximately 1 hour for a L2 HomeBuyers and approximately 1.5/2 hours for a L3 Building Survey

Why do I need a Home Survey when buying a house?

The valuation survey carried out on a house by your mortgage company/lender is simply to value the property to satisfy the bank/lender that the house is worth the proposed purchase price; this is not an inspection of the building to determine if the house is sound structured and free from defects. Fairhurst Buckley will carry out a full inspection of the building to report on its condition, any defects present, the cause of defects and recommend remedial works, prior to you purchasing the property.

Residential Surveyors in Stockport and South Manchester .

Fairhurst Buckley are independent and not linked to any banks, lenders, estate agents or solicitors. We investigate thoroughly and report on any defects that are revealed. We are always happy to discuss the content of the report following the inspection, and advise on remedial works and maintenance required.