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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 should I choose for my prospective home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bishops Castle

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a property built from conventional building materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bishops Castle

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Bishops Castle) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this for unconventional , for example thatched properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bishops Castle

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Bishops Castle and which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Bishops Castle property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, you should you book a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Bishops Castle property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Bishops Castle House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a 15th Century coast house in Bishops Castle. What consequences will the age have on upkeep?

A building's age can sometimes be an issue. Bishops Castle property employing traditional methods can be a drain to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Especially for Grade I listed property, Traditional building materials may be required. If you are uncertain, speak to your Bishops Castle surveyor for further advice.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence is a problem. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Heave is less common, and can be caused when a tree dies or is uprootedand the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Building Surveys on houses

Should I pay slightly more for a full structural survey when considering sixties cottage ?

Building Survey is now the correct term for the Full Structural Survey following its renaming recently by RICS. The HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough for a 60 year old or less unmodified property built out of standard construction materials i.e. brick/tile. The Building Survey is the advisable survey in relation to the property mentioned. Once an exhaustive survey of the accessible areas of the house, a formal report is emailed (pdf format) and posted to the prospective purchaser setting out any crucial insight about the materials used for the construction of the house. There are a few provisos come with a Building Survey as a chartered surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the property nor can they assess the serviceability of energy sources.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Bishops Castle and which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Bishops Castle property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, you should you book a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Bishops Castle property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Bishops Castle House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a 15th Century coast house in Bishops Castle. What consequences will the age have on upkeep?

A building's age can sometimes be an issue. Bishops Castle property employing traditional methods can be a drain to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Especially for Grade I listed property, Traditional building materials may be required. If you are uncertain, speak to your Bishops Castle surveyor for further advice.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence is a problem. What subsidence issues does the RICS Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Heave is less common, and can be caused when a tree dies or is uprootedand the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside, keep an eye out for new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Building Surveys on houses

Should I pay slightly more for a full structural survey when considering sixties cottage ?

Building Survey is now the correct term for the Full Structural Survey following its renaming recently by RICS. The HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough for a 60 year old or less unmodified property built out of standard construction materials i.e. brick/tile. The Building Survey is the advisable survey in relation to the property mentioned. Once an exhaustive survey of the accessible areas of the house, a formal report is emailed (pdf format) and posted to the prospective purchaser setting out any crucial insight about the materials used for the construction of the house. There are a few provisos come with a Building Survey as a chartered surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the property nor can they assess the serviceability of energy sources.

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