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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 Basildon

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a property made of conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Basildon

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Basildon) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this for non standard property such as thatched houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Basildon

    This is an impartial valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Basildon and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Basildon property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Basildon property's condition as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Basildon Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're getting in Basildon. Is there a flood risk, and will the home surveyor investigate possible flooding damage?

It is estimated that over two million houses and flats are at risk of flooding, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. The Environment Agency maintain a flood alert service, with regular updated risk assessments. Flood water can enter a property through several routes, including poorly installed doors. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. Also included on Environment Agency's flood alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

What suggestions can a Basildon property surveyor make for a 40s house constructed with Dutch bond brick? Is age a factor?

Brick buildings in Basildon will suffer from both minor and serious issues, ranging from defective mortar to DPC failure. A serious concern is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall. Contact J C Design & Building Services for a repairs estimate at 020 8890 5093 or 12 Staines Rd, Feltham, TW14 0HD.

E.g. common bond, which is made up of stretchers (long faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every 6 courses or rows.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Basildon is a problem. What subsidence information does the Basildon Home Buyers Survey include?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Often, homes in Basildon are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. Collapsed drainage can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This may be referred to as groundwater subsidence. 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 begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Basildon and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Basildon property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Basildon property's condition as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Basildon Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're getting in Basildon. Is there a flood risk, and will the home surveyor investigate possible flooding damage?

It is estimated that over two million houses and flats are at risk of flooding, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. The Environment Agency maintain a flood alert service, with regular updated risk assessments. Flood water can enter a property through several routes, including poorly installed doors. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. Also included on Environment Agency's flood alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey


What suggestions can a Basildon property surveyor make for a 40s house constructed with Dutch bond brick? Is age a factor?

Brick buildings in Basildon will suffer from both minor and serious issues, ranging from defective mortar to DPC failure. A serious concern is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall. Contact J C Design & Building Services for a repairs estimate at 020 8890 5093 or 12 Staines Rd, Feltham, TW14 0HD.

E.g. common bond, which is made up of stretchers (long faced bricks) with headers (the short face of the brick) every 6 courses or rows.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Basildon is a problem. What subsidence information does the Basildon Home Buyers Survey include?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Often, homes in Basildon are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. Collapsed drainage can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This may be referred to as groundwater subsidence. 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 begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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