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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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Need a Building Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Braunton

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are purchasing a home made of standard materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Braunton

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Braunton) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Select this for unconventional e.g. stone or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Braunton

    This is a professional surveyor valuation of the property. It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Braunton and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Braunton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Braunton property's state of repair as well as information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Braunton House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will our Braunton building survey investigate water damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m properties are at risk of floods, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures.

Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. correctly installed window and door frames. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a property survey if the house surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the house is at risk.

Window frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact can a Condition rating 2 have on windows?

The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2, but this may not be urgent. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed. For a Braunton property, one example could be an inoperable sash window. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a home in Braunton and noticed cracks along one external wall. What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report investigate?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. A builder should return to a new structure after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Merely superficial cracks not caused by subsidence could be painted over. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Braunton and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Braunton property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Braunton property's state of repair as well as information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Braunton House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will our Braunton building survey investigate water damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m properties are at risk of floods, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures.

Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. correctly installed window and door frames. Flooding issues will only be raised in Section J of a property survey if the house surveyor observes or has reason to suspect that the house is at risk.



Window frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact can a Condition rating 2 have on windows?

The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2, but this may not be urgent. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed. For a Braunton property, one example could be an inoperable sash window. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a home in Braunton and noticed cracks along one external wall. What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report investigate?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. A builder should return to a new structure after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Merely superficial cracks not caused by subsidence could be painted over. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

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