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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 Berkhamsted

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a property built from conventional building materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Berkhamsted

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Berkhamsted) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this option when buying a non standard , for example box frame construction or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Berkhamsted

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Berkhamsted and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Berkhamsted property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Berkhamsted property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Berkhamsted Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect may heavy rain have on our new Berkhamsted building? Could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, damp weather and the effect it can have on a property are overlooked. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts, and may lead to penetrating damp. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy. If left untreated, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Berkhamsted subsidence is worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related matters will the Berkhamsted Surveyor review?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Berkhamsted should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. A builder should return to a new structure within a few months in order to repair settlement damage.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Berkhamsted homes. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, 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.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses cause problems for purchasers? Are there any major related issues that we should be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Incorrect use of Cement based mortar on a structure build with Hydraulic Lime can often cause problems for properties in Berkhamsted with stone walls. Problems which impact stone-built properties in Berkhamsted can vary greatly, with issues like delaminated or cracked paintwork being quote common.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Purchasers renovating properties in Berkhamsted should be aware that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. To source stone quarried in Berkhamsted, you can contact local suppliers.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Berkhamsted and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same.

If the Berkhamsted property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, you should you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Berkhamsted property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Berkhamsted Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect may heavy rain have on our new Berkhamsted building? Could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, damp weather and the effect it can have on a property are overlooked. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts, and may lead to penetrating damp. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy. If left untreated, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence


I know that Berkhamsted subsidence is worth checking. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related matters will the Berkhamsted Surveyor review?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. Buyers in Berkhamsted should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. A builder should return to a new structure within a few months in order to repair settlement damage.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Berkhamsted homes. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and start to slip downhill. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, 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.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses cause problems for purchasers? Are there any major related issues that we should be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Incorrect use of Cement based mortar on a structure build with Hydraulic Lime can often cause problems for properties in Berkhamsted with stone walls. Problems which impact stone-built properties in Berkhamsted can vary greatly, with issues like delaminated or cracked paintwork being quote common.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Purchasers renovating properties in Berkhamsted should be aware that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. To source stone quarried in Berkhamsted, you can contact local suppliers.

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