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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Buyers Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bedford

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to buy a property made of standard building materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bedford

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Bedford) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this option for unconventional , for example box frame construction properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bedford

    This is an independent valuation . It is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Bedford and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Bedford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any major works, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Bedford property's condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Bedford House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Bedford, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What advice would the property surveyor in Bedford give in their report?

This is frequently addressed by Bedford surveyors. Many residential properties will suffer difficulties with the roof, for example, dry rot. Every element should be checked, e.g. dormers, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Bedford, but it is a health and safety necessity. A builder from the area with positive reviews should be able to assist with a quote. Speak to Park Group Construction Ltd of 1B Roise St, Bedford, MK40 1JE on 01234 357582 to request a quote.

Damage resulting from flooding

Does a house surveyor check water damage?

Contrary to popular opinion, the distance a Bedford home is from the nearest river or coast is not the only measure of flood risk, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is strongly recommended that prevention methods are considered, before water damage starts. The home survey may also, where appropriate, advise on needed maintenance.An awareness of characteristics of the Bedford area likely to affect the property also enables the building surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The building surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Bedford? Can the Bedford Building Survey consider this?

Whether a home was built in 17011 or 20011, factors as varied as snow or dry rot can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. In Bedford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. 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. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property. Patches of waterlogged 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.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Bedford and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Bedford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any major works, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Bedford property's condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Bedford House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Bedford, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What advice would the property surveyor in Bedford give in their report?

This is frequently addressed by Bedford surveyors. Many residential properties will suffer difficulties with the roof, for example, dry rot. Every element should be checked, e.g. dormers, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Bedford, but it is a health and safety necessity. A builder from the area with positive reviews should be able to assist with a quote. Speak to Park Group Construction Ltd of 1B Roise St, Bedford, MK40 1JE on 01234 357582 to request a quote.



Damage resulting from flooding

Does a house surveyor check water damage?

Contrary to popular opinion, the distance a Bedford home is from the nearest river or coast is not the only measure of flood risk, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. It is strongly recommended that prevention methods are considered, before water damage starts. The home survey may also, where appropriate, advise on needed maintenance.An awareness of characteristics of the Bedford area likely to affect the property also enables the building surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The building surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Bedford? Can the Bedford Building Survey consider this?

Whether a home was built in 17011 or 20011, factors as varied as snow or dry rot can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. In Bedford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. 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. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property. Patches of waterlogged 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.

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Recent Bedford Surveyor Reports

  • Older plaster ceilings in need of repairs

    By Scott Oke November 7th, 2012

    Before the introduction of plasterboard, lath and plaster ceilings were formed by applying plaster over narrow wooden strips known as laths, fixed to the underside of the ceiling joists.   The quality of the plaster was variable to poor, often being reinforced with horse...

  • Buyer advised to take down chimney stack

    By Scott Oke September 29th, 2012

    A recent home survey unearthed a particularly destructive example of poor construction, in the form of a chimney stack which penetrated the rear roof slope of the property. The extent of the damage was such that, in the chartered surveyor's opinion, the chimney would have to be pulled down and...