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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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What Home Survey do I need for my prospective home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Belmont

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are buying a home built from standard materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Belmont

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Belmont) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard property such as box frame construction buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Belmont

    This is a professional valuation . This 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 opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Belmont and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension on the Belmont property, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Belmont property's condition as well as advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Belmont Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a 17th Century converted cow-house. What should be budgeted for repairs?

For traditionally-built Belmont property, age can be problematic, and Belmont homes featuring traditional methods can be expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Especially for Belmont listed buildings, Materials suitable for the work may be required. If the house you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your Belmont surveyor for more information.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Belmont and found cracks across the render on the outside walls. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor inspect?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. In general, homes in Belmont are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. 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 some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Defective door frame

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

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the residence. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed. For a Belmont house or flat, one example could be a rusting metal door frame. Outside doors are to be opened and closed if keys are present, but they cannot otherwise be forced open. Generally, the security offer by these doors will be reported on.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Belmont and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension on the Belmont property, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Belmont property's condition as well as advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Belmont Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a 17th Century converted cow-house. What should be budgeted for repairs?

For traditionally-built Belmont property, age can be problematic, and Belmont homes featuring traditional methods can be expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Especially for Belmont listed buildings, Materials suitable for the work may be required. If the house you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your Belmont surveyor for more information.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Belmont and found cracks across the render on the outside walls. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor inspect?



Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. In general, homes in Belmont are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. 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 some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Defective door frame

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

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the residence. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed. For a Belmont house or flat, one example could be a rusting metal door frame. Outside doors are to be opened and closed if keys are present, but they cannot otherwise be forced open. Generally, the security offer by these doors will be reported on.

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