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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
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 Property Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Berkshire

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to buy a home made of conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Berkshire

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Berkshire) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this survey when buying a non standard e.g. mundic or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Berkshire

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Berkshire and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Berkshire property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the Berkshire property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it does give comprehensive details of the Berkshire property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Berkshire Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A house we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Can the Berkshire Property Survey investigate this, and what defects will be reported on?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Visible results may be anything from cracks along the garage wall to warped window frames in the garage. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains,

to prevent water leaking into the soil. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1830s Berkshire property with stone walls. What potential issues should we be aware of?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include erosion of pointing joints.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Berkshire building with a loft conversion. What should we do about roof repairs?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Many homes could unfortunately be experiencing damage to the roof, including. From the concrete tiles to the ceiling joists, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

High estimates for roofing jobs (such as laying tar paper or felt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. Speak to Allen Roofing Contractors of 12 Wycombe La, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, HP10 0HD on 01628 439417 for details.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Berkshire and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Berkshire property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the Berkshire property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it does give comprehensive details of the Berkshire property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Berkshire Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A house we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Can the Berkshire Property Survey investigate this, and what defects will be reported on?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Visible results may be anything from cracks along the garage wall to warped window frames in the garage. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains,



to prevent water leaking into the soil. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1830s Berkshire property with stone walls. What potential issues should we be aware of?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include erosion of pointing joints.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Berkshire building with a loft conversion. What should we do about roof repairs?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Many homes could unfortunately be experiencing damage to the roof, including. From the concrete tiles to the ceiling joists, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

High estimates for roofing jobs (such as laying tar paper or felt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. Speak to Allen Roofing Contractors of 12 Wycombe La, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, HP10 0HD on 01628 439417 for details.

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