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Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Accrington

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a home constructed from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Accrington

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Accrington) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more thorough. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Accrington

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Accrington and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same.

If the Accrington property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Accrington property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Accrington Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

When purchasing in Accrington, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report consider water damage?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: Evening Standard), and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the Home Buyers Survey may advise on urgent repairs.Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the property or on adjacent sites. The home surveyor may ask the agent about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is damp weather an issue in Accrington?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, this issue is overlooked by purchasers. Signs that downspouts are worth a closer look include rotten wooden gutters, and may lead to collapsed drains or overflowing septic tank. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair, if identified early. However, if the drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend commented to say there is concern white asbestos cement at the property. What is asbestos, are there any risks and does the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials such as ceiling boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in boilers. It is mainly found in the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately pernicious and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Contrary to breathing in a one fibre is not fatal.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Removing it will probably be expensive must always be conducted by trained experts. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will note the risk of asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Accrington and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same.

If the Accrington property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make alterations, you should you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Accrington property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Accrington Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

When purchasing in Accrington, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report consider water damage?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: Evening Standard), and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the Home Buyers Survey may advise on urgent repairs.Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the property or on adjacent sites. The home surveyor may ask the agent about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.



Damage caused by high rainfall

Is damp weather an issue in Accrington?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, this issue is overlooked by purchasers. Signs that downspouts are worth a closer look include rotten wooden gutters, and may lead to collapsed drains or overflowing septic tank. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair, if identified early. However, if the drains are not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend commented to say there is concern white asbestos cement at the property. What is asbestos, are there any risks and does the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials such as ceiling boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in boilers. It is mainly found in the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately pernicious and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Contrary to breathing in a one fibre is not fatal.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to remove asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Removing it will probably be expensive must always be conducted by trained experts. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will note the risk of asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

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