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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 Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ashford Kent

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home built from conventional building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ashford Kent

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Ashford Kent) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this option when buying a non standard property such as stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ashford Kent

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Ashford Kent and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same survey.

If the Ashford Kent property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any alterations on the property, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give a thorough analysis of the Ashford Kent property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Ashford Kent Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the building I am hoping to lease I saw that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system, will the surveyor advise on the electrical system?

During a Homebuyer Report in Ashford Kent the home surveyor should make a note on the electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in a poor state of repair. A Surveyor should also focus on possible problems relating to things like making sure that supplementary bonding is in the usual place. Examining the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by an electrician on the building will usually form part of the survey in Ashford Kent.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have heard that Ashford Kent structures built on clay soil can experience problems. Does the Home Buyers Survey cover this?

Whether a home was built in 1703 or 2003, factors as varied as heavy rainfall or fungal decay can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. A Ashford Kent surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. Patches of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence information does the Ashford Kent HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be set right.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside the house, keep an eye out for rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Ashford Kent and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same survey.

If the Ashford Kent property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any alterations on the property, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it does give a thorough analysis of the Ashford Kent property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Ashford Kent Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the building I am hoping to lease I saw that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system, will the surveyor advise on the electrical system?

During a Homebuyer Report in Ashford Kent the home surveyor should make a note on the electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in a poor state of repair. A Surveyor should also focus on possible problems relating to things like making sure that supplementary bonding is in the usual place. Examining the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by an electrician on the building will usually form part of the survey in Ashford Kent.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have heard that Ashford Kent structures built on clay soil can experience problems. Does the Home Buyers Survey cover this?

Whether a home was built in 1703 or 2003, factors as varied as heavy rainfall or fungal decay can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. A Ashford Kent surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. Patches of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence information does the Ashford Kent HomeBuyer Report include?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be set right.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside the house, keep an eye out for rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

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