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Valuation
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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Altrincham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property constructed from standard materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Altrincham

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Altrincham) will also be carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. architecturally unusual homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Altrincham

    This is an impartial valuation . This is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Altrincham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Altrincham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Altrincham property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Altrincham Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Chimney stacks

On a Altrincham HomeBuyer Report, what might a an red light rating mean for chimney stacks?

Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. These can include dangers such as the suspected presence of asbestos, or extensive structural damage. In Altrincham, an example may be too many appliances feeding into one flue. Potential defects covered by Section E will be checked thoroughly with binoculars where appropriate.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A neighbour has said subsidence is a concern. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks to a sitting room are a plain indication of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise the structure. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Altrincham surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can rain have on a Altrincham building?

Both in Altrincham, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which wet weather has on Altrincham houses is ignored. If you have only visited the home in the Summer, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that drainage are a cause for concern include rusted iron elements. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Luckily, problems with drains are usually easy to repair. However, if the drains are not cleared out regularly, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Altrincham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Altrincham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Altrincham property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Altrincham Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Chimney stacks

On a Altrincham HomeBuyer Report, what might a an red light rating mean for chimney stacks?

Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. These can include dangers such as the suspected presence of asbestos, or extensive structural damage. In Altrincham, an example may be too many appliances feeding into one flue. Potential defects covered by Section E will be checked thoroughly with binoculars where appropriate.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A neighbour has said subsidence is a concern. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks to a sitting room are a plain indication of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise the structure. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Altrincham surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can rain have on a Altrincham building?

Both in Altrincham, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which wet weather has on Altrincham houses is ignored. If you have only visited the home in the Summer, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that drainage are a cause for concern include rusted iron elements. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Luckily, problems with drains are usually easy to repair. However, if the drains are not cleared out regularly, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

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