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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 Ashtead

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are buying a property constructed from conventional building materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ashtead

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Ashtead) will also be conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Select this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone wall or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ashtead

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ashtead and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Ashtead property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Ashtead Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The rat-trap bond walls on this Ashtead residence looks in bad shape - what should we do?

Brick-built Ashtead homes demonstrate several benefits. Unfortunately, they also be affected by various issues and defects, including erosion and sulphate attack. Where relevant, these will be discussed in the survey report and suggest potential remedies.

A defect often found is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. For more information, contact a local builder, SL Brickwork of 45 Crisp Rd, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2EN on 07545 839955.

Other aspects of a property which may feature decorative include ornamental chimneys, particularly common in Tudor-period property. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence might be worth checking. What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a house and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in new houses, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Most homes in Ashtead are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

English Heritage

We are intending to buy a flat close to Camp In Ashtead Forest , will this affect the property's value?

Camp In Ashtead Forest is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local importance can certainly add to the attractiveness of an area. Other sites of interest are Roman Villa In Ashtead Forest.. A RICS surveyor will include many local and regional factors during the home buyers survey in Ashtead. Visit the English Heritage website for further information on Camp In Ashtead Forest.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ashtead and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Ashtead property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Ashtead Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The rat-trap bond walls on this Ashtead residence looks in bad shape - what should we do?

Brick-built Ashtead homes demonstrate several benefits. Unfortunately, they also be affected by various issues and defects, including erosion and sulphate attack. Where relevant, these will be discussed in the survey report and suggest potential remedies.

A defect often found is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. For more information, contact a local builder, SL Brickwork of 45 Crisp Rd, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2EN on 07545 839955.

Other aspects of a property which may feature decorative include ornamental chimneys, particularly common in Tudor-period property. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence might be worth checking. What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a house and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in new houses, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Most homes in Ashtead are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with an above-average concentration of gravel, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

English Heritage

We are intending to buy a flat close to Camp In Ashtead Forest , will this affect the property's value?

Camp In Ashtead Forest is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local importance can certainly add to the attractiveness of an area. Other sites of interest are Roman Villa In Ashtead Forest.. A RICS surveyor will include many local and regional factors during the home buyers survey in Ashtead. Visit the English Heritage website for further information on Camp In Ashtead Forest.

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