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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 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Caistor

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are buying a home constructed from standard materials such as brick and tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Caistor

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Caistor) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this option for non standard property such as stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Caistor

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Caistor and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Caistor property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will give comprehensive details of the Caistor property's condition and it includes information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Caistor Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of site clearance) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report on a Caistor building will include a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as part of the report. To work out the valuation your chartered surveyor will factor in awareness of the Caistor property market as well as other factors about the property e.g. size Your Caistor surveyor will also consider construction methods and will draw upon other assumptions e.g. no contamination in or from ground.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any significant legal problems e.g. access to the property over estate roadways. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Caistor area assumptions, such as stairway access to a maisonette or problematic roads and access, are made in addition to local environmental problems like nearby pubs, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the early 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Will my Building Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Specific problems include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Steps like keeping standing water on the property in check can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but lounge floor dips noticeably when we last viewed the property. Is this a serious risk, and what subsidence-related matters will the Caistor Surveyor consider?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Buyers in Caistor should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement.

Cracks to a plaster decoration are a plain clue of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Caistor and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Caistor property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will give comprehensive details of the Caistor property's condition and it includes information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Caistor Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of site clearance) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report on a Caistor building will include a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as part of the report. To work out the valuation your chartered surveyor will factor in awareness of the Caistor property market as well as other factors about the property e.g. size Your Caistor surveyor will also consider construction methods and will draw upon other assumptions e.g. no contamination in or from ground.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any significant legal problems e.g. access to the property over estate roadways. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Caistor area assumptions, such as stairway access to a maisonette or problematic roads and access, are made in addition to local environmental problems like nearby pubs, which are also considered as part of the valuation.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the early 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Will my Building Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Specific problems include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Steps like keeping standing water on the property in check can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but lounge floor dips noticeably when we last viewed the property. Is this a serious risk, and what subsidence-related matters will the Caistor Surveyor consider?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Buyers in Caistor should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement.

Cracks to a plaster decoration are a plain clue of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

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