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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Barnstaple

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a property made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Barnstaple

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Barnstaple) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more thorough. Select this for non standard e.g. timber wall or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Barnstaple

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers 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 for a house in Barnstaple and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

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

If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Barnstaple property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Barnstaple House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Gas flame

Will a Barnstaple surveyor go into detail on the condition or the safety of the gas supply?

The chartered surveyor will visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include whether the meter is in an escape route at the property, in addition to gas connected fixtures for example - the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. Gas fittings won't be dislodged. Gas is potentially dangerous, if you have any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

Devon based local companies include Roundswell Plumbing And Heating of 7 Rooks Farm Road, Yelland, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271861094 and A J Engineering of 54 Park Avenue, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271859084.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have learnt that Barnstaple properties built on clay soil can experience problems. Will a Barnstaple Property Survey look into this?

Factors from dry rot to groundwater flooding can cause significant expense for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including moisture changes in the soil. 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, such as a hard-to-open bedroom door. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns we need to consider when planning to buy an extended house in Barnstaple inside a conservation area ?

There are thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local authorities.

A Building Surveyors must possess relevant knowledge of local issues and the bearing may have on the property. Prices will be greater as a result of the areas being in good order. However a large number have fallen into a poor state e.g. ugly satellite dishes

Property surveyors will tell you if the house might be within a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Homebuyer Report will suggest additional enquiries are carried out as part of the legal process. Out of keeping changes to the building may be advised but these are really more a concern for your lawyer. Samuels are based in 18 Alexandra Road, North Devon, Devon, EX32 8BA might be able to help. Tel: 01271 343457

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Barnstaple and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

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

If you are planning to carry out any major works, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Barnstaple property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Barnstaple House Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Gas flame

Will a Barnstaple surveyor go into detail on the condition or the safety of the gas supply?

The chartered surveyor will visually examine the accessible parts of the gas system. This will include whether the meter is in an escape route at the property, in addition to gas connected fixtures for example - the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. Gas fittings won't be dislodged. Gas is potentially dangerous, if you have any concerns about gas fittings, call a gas engineer.

Devon based local companies include Roundswell Plumbing And Heating of 7 Rooks Farm Road, Yelland, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271861094 and A J Engineering of 54 Park Avenue, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon Tel. 01271859084.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have learnt that Barnstaple properties built on clay soil can experience problems. Will a Barnstaple Property Survey look into this?

Factors from dry rot to groundwater flooding can cause significant expense for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including moisture changes in the soil. 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, such as a hard-to-open bedroom door. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns we need to consider when planning to buy an extended house in Barnstaple inside a conservation area ?

There are thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with local authorities.

A Building Surveyors must possess relevant knowledge of local issues and the bearing may have on the property. Prices will be greater as a result of the areas being in good order. However a large number have fallen into a poor state e.g. ugly satellite dishes

Property surveyors will tell you if the house might be within a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Homebuyer Report will suggest additional enquiries are carried out as part of the legal process. Out of keeping changes to the building may be advised but these are really more a concern for your lawyer. Samuels are based in 18 Alexandra Road, North Devon, Devon, EX32 8BA might be able to help. Tel: 01271 343457

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