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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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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What Survey should I choose for my home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Barnard Castle

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a property built from standard materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Barnard Castle

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Barnard Castle) will also be carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this for non standard , for example thatched roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Barnard Castle

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Barnard Castle and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Barnard Castle property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension on the property, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will offer comprehensive details of the Barnard Castle property's general condition as well as including information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Barnard Castle Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Building Surveys on houses

What are the advantages to commission the full structural survey instead of a HomeBuyer Report?

Full Structural Surveys don't actually exist now as the Building Survey is the new more technical home survey. If contemplating the buying of a modified property, for example a period house in Barnard Castle - it is now the best RICS survey to opt for. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough for a 60 year old or less unmodified Barnard Castle home assembled from conventional construction materials. Two to three days after a thorough survey of any accessible parts a written report (digital and written copy) will be posted to the prospective purchaser providing in depth and crucial details on the condition of the house.

There will be one or two restrictions with any residential survey as RICS chartered surveyor wont be able to (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric

of the of the Barnard Castle building such as undoing electrical fittings. The following article for a simple guide on the differences between surveys.

Damaged Render

What will your Property Surveyor look out for on a stucco regency semi detached home in Barnard Castle.

Stucco is actually a specific type of render. Normally it is applied to brick (sometimes also ceilings) that sets to a smooth stone like surface. The effect is highly grand in appearance and is/was common on some Victorian buildings for example. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Barnard Castle surveyors sometimes discover defects e.g. trapped moisture resulting in the render failing which need attention.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course. Remedying Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Defective door frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact will a an amber light rating have on outside doors?

Condition rating 2 suggests that the aspect of the Barnard Castle home in question will need some work. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. All doors leading outside are checked if keys are present, but they cannot otherwise be forced open. Generally, where doors have obviously been replaced, relevant issues are considered. This can include overall quality, whether the frame provides adequate support, and building regulations have been met (e.g. FENSA and Certass). Draughts around outside doors is one defect applicable to this section.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Barnard Castle and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Barnard Castle property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension on the property, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will offer comprehensive details of the Barnard Castle property's general condition as well as including information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Barnard Castle Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Building Surveys on houses

What are the advantages to commission the full structural survey instead of a HomeBuyer Report?

Full Structural Surveys don't actually exist now as the Building Survey is the new more technical home survey. If contemplating the buying of a modified property, for example a period house in Barnard Castle - it is now the best RICS survey to opt for. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough for a 60 year old or less unmodified Barnard Castle home assembled from conventional construction materials. Two to three days after a thorough survey of any accessible parts a written report (digital and written copy) will be posted to the prospective purchaser providing in depth and crucial details on the condition of the house.

There will be one or two restrictions with any residential survey as RICS chartered surveyor wont be able to (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric



of the of the Barnard Castle building such as undoing electrical fittings. The following article for a simple guide on the differences between surveys.

Damaged Render

What will your Property Surveyor look out for on a stucco regency semi detached home in Barnard Castle.

Stucco is actually a specific type of render. Normally it is applied to brick (sometimes also ceilings) that sets to a smooth stone like surface. The effect is highly grand in appearance and is/was common on some Victorian buildings for example. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a grid underneath to help stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Barnard Castle surveyors sometimes discover defects e.g. trapped moisture resulting in the render failing which need attention.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course. Remedying Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Defective door frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact will a an amber light rating have on outside doors?

Condition rating 2 suggests that the aspect of the Barnard Castle home in question will need some work. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. All doors leading outside are checked if keys are present, but they cannot otherwise be forced open. Generally, where doors have obviously been replaced, relevant issues are considered. This can include overall quality, whether the frame provides adequate support, and building regulations have been met (e.g. FENSA and Certass). Draughts around outside doors is one defect applicable to this section.

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