Oakfield Building Chartered Surveyors

Surveys and Reports for Homebuyers in Maidenhead

Make your home buying decision with confidence, with a Homebuyer report from Oakfield Chartered Surveyors. Our independent surveying practice is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the professional body responsible for setting and enforcing standards in land and property development, assuring you of the highest quality service.

Guide to Homebuyer Reports and Surveys

A survey plays an essential part in your decision on buying a property. The information provided in the survey can counterbalance the more emotion-driven aspects of the home buying decision. However ideal a house or apartment may seem at a viewing, it is important to have the facts about the condition of the property.

Homebuyers Survey Maidenhead

Also known as a Level 2 Report, our RICS Homebuyer report gives Maidenhead homebuyers peace of mind when deciding whether to proceed with purchasing a property. It gives an assessment of the condition of a property, based on a survey of all parts which are visible and can be accessed by the surveyor. It costs less than the full Building Survey, which goes into greater depth, but for newer properties, it provides the essential information you need.

In addition to the Homebuyer report, we offer a full range of surveys and reports for home buyers in Maidenhead, from Building Surveys to valuations. We use a simple traffic light system in our reports to give clear information on the condition of the property. This allows you to see immediately which areas need urgent attention.
What is covered in a Homebuyer Report?

At Oakfield, we pride ourselves on our tailored approach to surveys. Every property is unique and individual circumstances differ too, so we provide customised options for our clients.

There are core elements which will be covered in all our Homebuyer reports. These include:

• Property and location overview
• Details of major issues identified in the accessible parts of the property
• Recommendations for any further investigation deemed essential before a purchase decision can be made
• Assessment of insulation, drainage and damp proof course
• Outcome of tests for any damp at the property
• Assessment of the property’s timber, including details of any evidence of woodworm or rot
• Estimated reinstatement costs for insurance
• Any signs of potential subsidence

For a Homebuyer report, surveyors keep to the visible areas of the property only. This means, for example, that carpets will not be lifted to check what is beneath, and electrical wiring will not be examined.

Looking for a homebuyers Survey in Maidenhead?

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

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Is a Homebuyer report suitable?

It is important to make sure that you have the most suitable survey for the property you are deciding on. We recommend a Homebuyer report if you are considering buying a modern or recently built property which has not had major modifications or extensions added. The cost of a Homebuyer report starts from around £400, and for a modern property, this type of survey is sufficiently comprehensive to inform your decision on whether to proceed with the purchase. In the event that major issues are identified in the report, such as a significant damp problem or subsidence, you would need to consider whether to walk away from the purchase or to have further investigations carried out, for example, with a Specific Defect Report.

RICS Building Survey

The RICS Building Survey, also referred to as a Level 3 survey, or a full structural survey, is best suited to older properties, those where major structural works have been carried out, or where there are known issues in the immediate local area, such as subsidence. It costs more than the Homebuyer report, with prices starting from around £600, and the on-site survey takes up to a day to complete and goes into greater depth. For example, checks for damp will include not just a visual inspection for signs of damp, but also taking moisture meter readings to identify the level of moisture in the walls. As part of a Building Survey, we will make use of the latest camera and drone technology to ensure that we examine as many parts of the property as possible, whilst keeping within the framework of a non-destructive survey.

Survey Property Valuation for Home Buyers Maidenhead

We can include a valuation of the property under consideration in your Homebuyer report. For Maidenhead homeowners who don’t need a Homebuyer report we can also arrange a standalone valuation for a Maidenhead property. Similarly, if you would like a Homebuyer’s report without valuation, we can provide that.

The Homebuyer report process

A Homebuyer report usually takes around half a day for the surveyor on site. Findings and test results, together with any estimates for work required are collated into a report. This report will be made available to you as quickly as possible so that you are in a position to make a decision about buying the property without delay.

Once you have the report you can choose whether to

• Proceed with the purchase as planned
• Request that the vendor makes necessary repairs to the property before the purchase goes ahead
• Re-negotiate the price, based on the estimated cost of repair work
• Reconsider the purchase of the property

Why choose Oakfield?

The team at Oakfield has a wealth of experience, and all our surveyors are RICS-qualified. With our head office located in Beaconsfield, we are very familiar with the housing market in the surrounding area and are well-positioned to serve Maidenhead homebuyers. Whether you need a Homebuyer report, Building Survey or valuation, you can rely on our expertise and excellent customer service to advise you on all aspects of home buying and to support you with your property decision.

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Looking for a home buyer Survey?

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

Arrange your report from Oakfield Chartered Surveyors

Our team of surveyors is here to advise you about the best type of survey for your property, and to get a survey underway promptly when you are ready to instruct us. Contact the team at Oakfield today to arrange your property survey in Maidenhead.

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One of our team of professionals would be delighted to help you with any queries.