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Homebuyer
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Building
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Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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Which Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Abbots Langley

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a property made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Abbots Langley

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Abbots Langley) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Abbots Langley

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Abbots Langley and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Abbots Langley property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Abbots Langley property's general condition in addition to information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Abbots Langley Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What defects will your Chartered Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered detached house in Abbots Langley.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a smooth and flat render. Normally it is layered over brick that dries to a smooth and attractive finish. The finish is very aesthetic and is common on some Regency buildings for example. it can be problematic and Abbots Langley Home Buyers Suveys sometimes show issues which might include trapped water culminating in problems with damp. Other issues might involve attack from salts sucked out of underlying brickwork. Re-coating problems with stucco may be surprisingly expensive as renderers are becoming harder to find.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to bear in mind when buying a building constructed in 1730? What impact will the age have on maintenance?

Vernacular, or traditional, architecture can create difficulties for an owner, and Property showcasing traditional methods can be difficult to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional building materials, which could make asking the seller for more detail about their current maintenance regime a good idea.If you plan to make alterations to a period property, discuss options with the Abbots Langley surveyor for more detail.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has suggested subsidence might be an issue affecting the apartment. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. In addition, some homes in Abbots Langley are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a garage are a clear indication of subsidence, though they could be nothing to worry about. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Abbots Langley and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Abbots Langley property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Abbots Langley property's general condition in addition to information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Abbots Langley Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What defects will your Chartered Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered detached house in Abbots Langley.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a smooth and flat render. Normally it is layered over brick that dries to a smooth and attractive finish. The finish is very aesthetic and is common on some Regency buildings for example. it can be problematic and Abbots Langley Home Buyers Suveys sometimes show issues which might include trapped water culminating in problems with damp. Other issues might involve attack from salts sucked out of underlying brickwork. Re-coating problems with stucco may be surprisingly expensive as renderers are becoming harder to find.



Traditionally built property

What do I need to bear in mind when buying a building constructed in 1730? What impact will the age have on maintenance?

Vernacular, or traditional, architecture can create difficulties for an owner, and Property showcasing traditional methods can be difficult to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional building materials, which could make asking the seller for more detail about their current maintenance regime a good idea.If you plan to make alterations to a period property, discuss options with the Abbots Langley surveyor for more detail.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has suggested subsidence might be an issue affecting the apartment. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. In addition, some homes in Abbots Langley are erected with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a garage are a clear indication of subsidence, though they could be nothing to worry about. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

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