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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 Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bedfordshire

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to buy a home made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bedfordshire

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Bedfordshire) is also carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this for non standard property such as wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bedfordshire

    This is an impartial valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Bedfordshire property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Bedfordshire property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Bedfordshire House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Bedfordshire house and am worried about the implications of clay soil. Can my Bedfordshire House Survey consider this?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Signs like a sticking door in the bathroom or cracks along the bathroom floor can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property can help maintain clay-rich

soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

House Prices

There is a property in on with a local agent. What will the local surveyor consider when valuing house prices in Bedfordshire ?

There is a vast array of things that can affect house prices for instance the square footage or whether the property is listed. .

An impartial way for home buyers to get a professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report as standard. A qualified RICS surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The RICS surveyor should visit the site in addition to considering the variety of area issues that can impact on house prices.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be vermin at the house we're buying, but we are not certain. What can we do?

Questions regarding the infestation of a Bedfordshire property may not be raised during the conveyancing. Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes, and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, for example, cluster, or swarming flies, are often found in lofts and can be a serious, seasonal annoyance if not treated. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include removal or excision of affected timber.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Bedfordshire property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make an extension, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Bedfordshire property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Bedfordshire House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Bedfordshire house and am worried about the implications of clay soil. Can my Bedfordshire House Survey consider this?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Signs like a sticking door in the bathroom or cracks along the bathroom floor can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property can help maintain clay-rich



soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

House Prices

There is a property in on with a local agent. What will the local surveyor consider when valuing house prices in Bedfordshire ?

There is a vast array of things that can affect house prices for instance the square footage or whether the property is listed. .

An impartial way for home buyers to get a professional property valuation is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report as standard. A qualified RICS surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The RICS surveyor should visit the site in addition to considering the variety of area issues that can impact on house prices.

Timber damage by insect larvae

There may be vermin at the house we're buying, but we are not certain. What can we do?

Questions regarding the infestation of a Bedfordshire property may not be raised during the conveyancing. Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes, and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, for example, cluster, or swarming flies, are often found in lofts and can be a serious, seasonal annoyance if not treated. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include removal or excision of affected timber.

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Recent Bedfordshire 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...