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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Birchington

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if buying a home built from standard building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Birchington

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Birchington) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this survey for non standard , for example architecturally unusual houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Birchington

    This is an independent valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Birchington and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Birchington property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Birchington property's state of repair as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Birchington Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Birchington may be a problem. What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Often, homes in Birchington are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there may be a danger of asbestos duct connectors being found in the ground floor flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in water tanks. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken not to break the asbestos and professional advice must be taken ASAP. Getting rid of asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be carried out by trained experts. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note suspected asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a Birchington property and the vendor has stated that it has been built with West Cornwall granite. What should we look in to, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property, which the local authority may police. Issues including deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled property in Birchington. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones.

Home Buyers Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. An example would be.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Birchington and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Birchington property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Birchington property's state of repair as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Birchington Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Birchington may be a problem. What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Often, homes in Birchington are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.



Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there may be a danger of asbestos duct connectors being found in the ground floor flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in water tanks. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken not to break the asbestos and professional advice must be taken ASAP. Getting rid of asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be carried out by trained experts. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note suspected asbestos risks and should suggest experts are consulted.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a Birchington property and the vendor has stated that it has been built with West Cornwall granite. What should we look in to, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property, which the local authority may police. Issues including deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled property in Birchington. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones.

Home Buyers Surveys will usually offer guidance on these matters. An example would be.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

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