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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Alston

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Alston

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Alston) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more thorough. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Alston

    This is an independent valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Alston and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Alston property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap but it will offer comprehensive details of the Alston property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Alston Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Alston, what recommendations will a property surveyor in Alston make for a 50s property built from Flemish bond walls? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick structures experience distinct issues. These can include moisture damage or sulphate attack. Your property surveyor would usually include these along with recommendations. One serious matter is sulphate attack. This results if a cement mortared-wall suffers a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. 29 may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01229 470270 or Osprey Dr, Walney, Barrow-In-Furness, LA14 3JS.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint.

Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact should damp weather have on a property in Alston?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the effect which high levels of rainfall has on homes in Alston is ignored by house purchasers. As an example, mildew in the attic may indicate that the downspouts are damaged. The good news is that this is generally easy to repair fairly cheaply. However, if the drains are left untreated, 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.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a building with a converted attic in Alston. What will our Alston surveyor investigate as part of the survey?

Questions like this are often asked of surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property will suffer roofing problems. From gables to wind braces, all aspects of the roof should be investigated. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of holes or cracks in the waterproof layer.

High estimates for roofing jobs (such as re-covering asphalt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Alston. Speak to Hedleys Roofing of Glen Cote Cottage, Scaleby, Carlisle, CA6 4LJ on 01228 595857 to request a quote.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Alston and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Alston property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap but it will offer comprehensive details of the Alston property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Alston Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in Alston, what recommendations will a property surveyor in Alston make for a 50s property built from Flemish bond walls? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick structures experience distinct issues. These can include moisture damage or sulphate attack. Your property surveyor would usually include these along with recommendations. One serious matter is sulphate attack. This results if a cement mortared-wall suffers a prolonged period of damp. It is effectively impossible to treat. 29 may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01229 470270 or Osprey Dr, Walney, Barrow-In-Furness, LA14 3JS.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint.



Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact should damp weather have on a property in Alston?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the effect which high levels of rainfall has on homes in Alston is ignored by house purchasers. As an example, mildew in the attic may indicate that the downspouts are damaged. The good news is that this is generally easy to repair fairly cheaply. However, if the drains are left untreated, 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.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a building with a converted attic in Alston. What will our Alston surveyor investigate as part of the survey?

Questions like this are often asked of surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property will suffer roofing problems. From gables to wind braces, all aspects of the roof should be investigated. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of holes or cracks in the waterproof layer.

High estimates for roofing jobs (such as re-covering asphalt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Alston. Speak to Hedleys Roofing of Glen Cote Cottage, Scaleby, Carlisle, CA6 4LJ on 01228 595857 to request a quote.

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