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Homebuyer
Report
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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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What Home Survey is the right choice for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Abercarn

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a property built from conventional materials i.e. tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Abercarn

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Abercarn) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this for non standard property such as architecturally unusual properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Abercarn

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Abercarn and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Abercarn property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, you should you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give a thorough analysis of the Abercarn property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Abercarn Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about vermin in the home we plan to buy. Do we need a RICS surveyor?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. This problem should be taken seriously. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to vermin can include insecticides and destruction of tainted materials. If you strongly suspect an issue with moths, or any pest, speak to your property surveyor

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect may rain have on our new building? Could it affect the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rainfall has on a residence is rarely considered properly. For example, rusted iron elements could mean that the rainwater goods are damaged, and may lead to a damp or flooded cellar. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve for a reasonable cost. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that the kitchen floor was uneven, is this subsidence? Is this a serious concern, and what subsidence information does the Abercarn HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be set right more easily than you might expect. Additionally, most homes in Abercarn are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Abercarn and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Abercarn property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, you should you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give a thorough analysis of the Abercarn property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Abercarn Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about vermin in the home we plan to buy. Do we need a RICS surveyor?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. This problem should be taken seriously. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to vermin can include insecticides and destruction of tainted materials. If you strongly suspect an issue with moths, or any pest, speak to your property surveyor



Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect may rain have on our new building? Could it affect the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rainfall has on a residence is rarely considered properly. For example, rusted iron elements could mean that the rainwater goods are damaged, and may lead to a damp or flooded cellar. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve for a reasonable cost. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that the kitchen floor was uneven, is this subsidence? Is this a serious concern, and what subsidence information does the Abercarn HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be set right more easily than you might expect. Additionally, most homes in Abercarn are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

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