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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 Home Survey is the right choice for my intended property purchase in Blackfen?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Blackfen

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a home made of conventional materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Blackfen

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Blackfen) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as stone homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Blackfen

    This is an impartial valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Blackfen and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Blackfen property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Blackfen property's state of repair along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Blackfen Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Blackfen include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate

The Homebuyer Report contains a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate. When calculating an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer should use local property market knowledge and other things about the property for instance: square metres. Surveyors also examine certain fixtures and fittings and make certain key assumptions, for example there are no hazardous materials. Surveyors don't value things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Additional local area conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or connection to sewers, are made in addition to any environmental issues like Blackfen planning proposals (e.g flight path), also being considered.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rainfall an issue in Blackfen?

Regular rainfall is common in Blackfen and across the country, but high levels of rainfall and the effect it can have on buildings in Blackfen are not given the attention it deserves by home buyers. Signs that drainage are at risk include corroded downspouts. This can lead to overflowing or blocked sewage.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to remedy.However, the damage caused, where left untreated, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does a Blackfen Building Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. For example, small cracks in the garage ceiling may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Blackfen surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Blackfen and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Blackfen property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Blackfen property's state of repair along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Blackfen Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Blackfen include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate

The Homebuyer Report contains a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate. When calculating an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer should use local property market knowledge and other things about the property for instance: square metres. Surveyors also examine certain fixtures and fittings and make certain key assumptions, for example there are no hazardous materials. Surveyors don't value things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Additional local area conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or connection to sewers, are made in addition to any environmental issues like Blackfen planning proposals (e.g flight path), also being considered.



A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rainfall an issue in Blackfen?

Regular rainfall is common in Blackfen and across the country, but high levels of rainfall and the effect it can have on buildings in Blackfen are not given the attention it deserves by home buyers. Signs that drainage are at risk include corroded downspouts. This can lead to overflowing or blocked sewage.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to remedy.However, the damage caused, where left untreated, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does a Blackfen Building Survey discuss soil composition the report?

The content of soil around the foundations of a home will have an impact. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. For example, small cracks in the garage ceiling may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Blackfen surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

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