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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 is the best choice for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Alnwick

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are buying a property built from standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Alnwick

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Alnwick) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example box frame construction homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Alnwick

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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    Ducat Cottage, Glanton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66

Home Buyers Survey Alnwick

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Alnwick and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Alnwick property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Alnwick property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Alnwick House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect does rain have on our new building? Will the Alnwick home buyers survey report on this?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that the effect which rain has on a residence is rarely paid due attention by buyers. If you have visited the property on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that rainwater goods are blocked include water pooling below gutters.

Whether buying in Alnwick or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does a Property Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects. , such as minor wall cracks in the garage. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Alnwick, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has suggested subsidence may be a concern impacting the apartment. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in Alnwick are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks to a lounge floor surface are an obvious suggestion of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. In extreme weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Alnwick and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Alnwick property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Alnwick property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Alnwick House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect does rain have on our new building? Will the Alnwick home buyers survey report on this?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that the effect which rain has on a residence is rarely paid due attention by buyers. If you have visited the property on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that rainwater goods are blocked include water pooling below gutters.

Whether buying in Alnwick or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does a Property Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. The water content of clay soils determines volume, pushing upward, or pulling downward as the weather changes. This may result in some minor visible defects. , such as minor wall cracks in the garage. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Alnwick, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has suggested subsidence may be a concern impacting the apartment. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in Alnwick are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks to a lounge floor surface are an obvious suggestion of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. In extreme weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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