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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 Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Brighton

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a property made of conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Brighton

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Brighton) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard e.g. thatched roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Brighton

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Brighton and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Brighton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension on the property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Brighton property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Brighton House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence is a concern. Is this a serious danger, and what subsidence information does the Brighton property survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new building after some months in order to make repairs.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there is a possibility of asbestos pipe lagging insulation situated in the building. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard and does the Brighton building survey report on it?

Asbestos is a dangerous material formed from metamorphic rocks. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. fire blankets. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic sound absorption properties, it may be found in walls.

All forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful however, never to displace it and professional advice must be taken without delay. You should never endeavour to disturb it yourself. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. They will mention the risk of asbestos risks and should recommend professional testing.

Other external areas of the property

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Brighton, what effect can a an red light rating have on factors covered in Section E?

Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. Defects marked in red may also need further inspection by an expert. In Brighton, an example may be missing spindles, or those which are either too far apart or climbable. This category is used for external elements that require reporting that do not fit elsewhere in Section E. Your surveyor can provide more details if required.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Brighton and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Brighton property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension on the property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Brighton property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Brighton House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has mentioned subsidence is a concern. Is this a serious danger, and what subsidence information does the Brighton property survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement does occur in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new building after some months in order to make repairs.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.



Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there is a possibility of asbestos pipe lagging insulation situated in the building. Which types of asbestos are a concern, will this be a hazard and does the Brighton building survey report on it?

Asbestos is a dangerous material formed from metamorphic rocks. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. fire blankets. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic sound absorption properties, it may be found in walls.

All forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful however, never to displace it and professional advice must be taken without delay. You should never endeavour to disturb it yourself. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a survey. They will mention the risk of asbestos risks and should recommend professional testing.

Other external areas of the property

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Brighton, what effect can a an red light rating have on factors covered in Section E?

Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. Defects marked in red may also need further inspection by an expert. In Brighton, an example may be missing spindles, or those which are either too far apart or climbable. This category is used for external elements that require reporting that do not fit elsewhere in Section E. Your surveyor can provide more details if required.

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