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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 Home Buyers Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Blakelaw

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to buy a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Blakelaw

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Blakelaw) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this for non standard , for example granite wall or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Blakelaw

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Blakelaw and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Blakelaw property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Blakelaw property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice get an instant Blakelaw Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a flat in Blakelaw and found there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but bathroom floor dips noticeably. What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. In addition, some homes are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. In serious conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of

the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Blakelaw homes built on clay soil can experience problems. Will the HomeBuyer Report consider this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Specific issues include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Blakelaw property's foundations, forcing them inward. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect will rain have on a home in Blakelaw? Will the RICS surveyor report on this? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact damp weather can have on a structure is rarely considered properly. For instance, spalling masonry indicate that the gutters are blocked. This can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp.

Whether buying in Blakelaw or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair fairly cheaply. If not unblocked on a regular basis, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Blakelaw and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Blakelaw property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Blakelaw property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice get an instant Blakelaw Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a flat in Blakelaw and found there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but bathroom floor dips noticeably. What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. In addition, some homes are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. In serious conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of



the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Blakelaw homes built on clay soil can experience problems. Will the HomeBuyer Report consider this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Specific issues include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Blakelaw property's foundations, forcing them inward. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect will rain have on a home in Blakelaw? Will the RICS surveyor report on this? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact damp weather can have on a structure is rarely considered properly. For instance, spalling masonry indicate that the gutters are blocked. This can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp.

Whether buying in Blakelaw or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair fairly cheaply. If not unblocked on a regular basis, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

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