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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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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Need a Home Survey ? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Burgess Hill

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when buying a property made of conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Burgess Hill

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Burgess Hill) is also carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard , for example wood frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Burgess Hill

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Burgess Hill and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Burgess Hill property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will give exhaustive analysis of the Burgess Hill property's state of repair and it includes information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Burgess Hill Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted cracks along the living room ceiling when we last viewed the home. Is this a serious concern, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under their own weight. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly wider at the top than at the bottom. Signs of potential subsidence include sticking doors or windows.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Removing or even pruning the

tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a Burgess Hill Home Survey look into this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a home. Drought, for instance, can have a measurable contracting effect on clay soil, squeezing the foundations and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property, such as sticking window frames. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding. 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.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How important is it to consider downspouts? Are repairs going to be expensive?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the effect which wet weather has on property in Burgess Hill is usually overlooked by purchasers. One indication that drainage are worth a closer look is flaking or efflorescence on external walls, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Burgess Hill or elsewhere, difficult drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Burgess Hill and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Burgess Hill property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will give exhaustive analysis of the Burgess Hill property's state of repair and it includes information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Burgess Hill Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted cracks along the living room ceiling when we last viewed the home. Is this a serious concern, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under their own weight. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly wider at the top than at the bottom. Signs of potential subsidence include sticking doors or windows.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Removing or even pruning the



tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a Burgess Hill Home Survey look into this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a home. Drought, for instance, can have a measurable contracting effect on clay soil, squeezing the foundations and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property, such as sticking window frames. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding. 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.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How important is it to consider downspouts? Are repairs going to be expensive?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the effect which wet weather has on property in Burgess Hill is usually overlooked by purchasers. One indication that drainage are worth a closer look is flaking or efflorescence on external walls, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Burgess Hill or elsewhere, difficult drainage does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

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