What is a Major Defects Report? Chris Newman may be able to help YOU!


What is a Major Defects Report?

IMGP2422A major Defect Report is similar in some respects to a building survey and a homebuyer survey. The level of inspection is usually between the two or close to the level of a building survey. However, the report itself is in less detail than a full building survey and concentrates on those more important and larger building issues.

A Major Defects Report is often useful where a homebuyer report should not be carried out due to the age or type of property, or if the property is listed.

roof collapseChris Newman FRICS will deal with you directly, giving free, impartial advice on choosing a service that fits your needs. He quotes flat fees, so if you need to discuss the building, structure and defects after you receive the report, this is free. There are no hidden costs.

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100,000 first time buyers offered new scheme allowing them a 20% discount when they purchase new homes

sillhouette_sunset_woolacombeProspective first time buyers eligible for 20% discount when they purchase new build properties thanks to new scheme which removes arduous s.106 obligations…
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Are you buying a property in Workington?


Cumbria_countryside2006 saw Washington Square, a £50 million shopping centre and 275,000 sq ft (25,500 m2) mixed use complex, opened to replace the run down St John’s Arcade, built in the 1960s and ’70s. The regeneration scheme helped to reinvigorate Workington and is juxtaposed against its rich history. The town includes three theatre buildings and a diverse wealth of residential properties.


Surveys and Valuations are typically undertaken personally by Roger who has lived in the North West all his life. His experience, expertise and detailed knowledge of local property types and market conditions means he is ideally placed to advise his clients on all types of work for all types of property.

Please telephone Roger Hardwick MRICS and the team to discuss your building survey or other property requirements…

01768 346347

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Is buying on the cheapest street in Britain a wise move?

Two bed, semi detached house is put on the market for just £5,000 in Stockton-on-Tees, but should prospective purchasers look at more than just the bargain price?
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London Borough of Islington to tackle ‘buy-to-leave’ with landmark proposals.

london_Islington Borough Council have proposed radical new measures in a bid to tackle ‘buy-to-leave’ and reduce the number of empty houses.
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Do you require a Building Survey in Torquay, Devon?


Torquay_buildingsTorquay, along with Paignton and Brixham, is part of Torbay, also known as The English Riviera. The area has been inhabited since paleolithic times, as evidenced by findings in Kent’s Cavern in Torquay. The first building was Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196 and still standing today.

Torquay and the surrounding area is covered by Right Surveyors South West, who can Torquay_wheelprovide structural surveys, building surveys, building surveyors, a homebuyers / home buyer report, home surveys, house purchase surveys, a cquisition advice, reinstatement valuations, party wall act advice, independent expert, single fault assessments, matrimonial valuations and various other surveying services requiring a Chartered Surveyor.

For friendly advice without obligation, please call Lee Gallon MRICS on

01803 423 803

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…for all your building survey and property requirements

The Property Market Monthly Fact File – January 2015

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

To discuss a Building Survey or any other property requirements contact Richard Peat MRICS


Richard Peat MRICS

I have 13 years experience in helping clients with property issues and can highlight defects with your potential property purchase, through a Building Survey, House Purchase Survey or Homebuyers report, I can also provide property valuations. I also carry out commercial work and am a qualified Level 3 Non Domestic and Domestic Energy Assessor.

“If you are buying (or valuing) a property, you could save thousands in unexpected remedial works by instructing us to carry out a property survey on your behalf. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call”

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Looking for a surveyor in Rotherham, South Yorkshire?


George PasseyRotherham Minster in All Saints Square dates back to the 15th century and includes parts of even older Norman and Saxon buildings. On the outskirts of the City, a brick glass-making furnace is the oldest surviving structure of its type in Europe. The remains of the 16th century College of Jesus building survive in the town centre, a Grade II listed building, the oldest surviving brick structure in South Yorkshire.

Local Director George Passey FRICS is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He leads Right Surveyors Yorkshire, an independent and professional property consultancy providing an efficient and personal service tailored to suit the needs of each individual client.

For friendly advice without obligation, please call George on

0800 880 6264 or 01143 680 368

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…for all your building survey and property requirements

Why do I need a survey?

All buildings have defects and some can be expensive to fix. Instructing a surveyor to undertake a Full Building Survey, House Purchase Survey Report or Homebuyer Survey will highlight these defects and allow you to budget for the future and limit the risks in the property. With this information, you will be able to make a reasoned decision on whether to go ahead with the property before you commit yourself legally.

Before making this huge step it is always best to speak to a chartered surveyor and ask them to go through the following questions with you:

  • Are there any specific defects with the property and is there anything I should get carried out urgently?
  • What is the value of the property and what is a reasonable price I should pay?
  • Will my mortgage valuation provide me with all the information I need? Do I need my own survey?

IMGP2422With regards to a mortgage valuation, thousands of home buyers each year rely on this and don’t instruct their own report from an independent professional. Many get away with it, but hundreds pay the price in the form of undiscovered defects and thousands of pounds on avoidable repairs.

As a result the Government, organisations like ‘Which?’ and our own team here all recommend that you arrange a survey by your own surveyor to search out any serious defects in the property. The reason for this is that a mortgage valuation has one purpose only – to satisfy a “Lender” that the house you want to buy with a loan is a sufficiently valuable asset that it can be sold to repay the loan should you be unable to keep up repayments. It won’t explore your home for defects which can escalate very quickly into significant problems, which is what a survey is all about.

Too many property purchasers rely on such a report as if it were a full survey. Don’t be caught out, speak to a local surveyor about what they can do for you – the advice is free, but the conversation could save you thousands.

If you would like to find out more about the following types of professional survey work carried out by Chartered Surveyors of the propertysurveying.co.uk network, please click on the link below…