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Valuation
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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 Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cambridgeshire

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home constructed from standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cambridgeshire

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Cambridgeshire) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cambridgeshire

    This is an impartial valuation . It is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Cambridgeshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Cambridgeshire property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Cambridgeshire property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Cambridgeshire House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What consequence does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will the Cambridgeshire Building Survey consider this?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. Signs like warped window frames in the bathroom or small cracks in the bathroom wall can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like checking that the downpipe drains correctly can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Parcels of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Gas flame

Does a RICS surveyor examine the safety of the gas mains supply?

A surveyor will locate and visually survey any easily accessible parts of the system. This will include the routing of any gas pipes where relevant, in addition to gas associated fixtures for example - balanced flues. The gas fittings won't actually be taken off. The system will not be tested in any way. Needless to say, gas can be dangerous and if there are any worries about gas, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Cambridgeshire include David Shorten of 8A, Portway, Royston, Hertfordshire Tel. 08000461909 and MPC Plumbing Limited of 4 Millers Way, Hardwick, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07977244261.

The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 require that all landlords are legally required to commission appliance and installation inspections annually. Non compliance penalties are severe .

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and what does it include?

Cambridgeshire Homebuyer Reports a property valuation in addition to a Reinstatement Cost. To properly appraise the valuation your surveyor will pair experience of property in Cambridgeshire as well as other factors about the property for instance: style of architecture Surveyors also evaluate materials used and make certain key assumptions, for example the building connected to mains services such as electricity.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Cambridgeshire area conjectures, such as use of communal grounds or service connections, are made in addition to Cambridgeshire environmental issues like industrial buildings, which will also be factored in.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Cambridgeshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Cambridgeshire property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Cambridgeshire property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Cambridgeshire House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What consequence does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will the Cambridgeshire Building Survey consider this?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a house's foundations can create difficulties. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. Signs like warped window frames in the bathroom or small cracks in the bathroom wall can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like checking that the downpipe drains correctly can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Parcels of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.



Gas flame

Does a RICS surveyor examine the safety of the gas mains supply?

A surveyor will locate and visually survey any easily accessible parts of the system. This will include the routing of any gas pipes where relevant, in addition to gas associated fixtures for example - balanced flues. The gas fittings won't actually be taken off. The system will not be tested in any way. Needless to say, gas can be dangerous and if there are any worries about gas, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Cambridgeshire include David Shorten of 8A, Portway, Royston, Hertfordshire Tel. 08000461909 and MPC Plumbing Limited of 4 Millers Way, Hardwick, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Tel. 07977244261.

The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 require that all landlords are legally required to commission appliance and installation inspections annually. Non compliance penalties are severe .

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and what does it include?

Cambridgeshire Homebuyer Reports a property valuation in addition to a Reinstatement Cost. To properly appraise the valuation your surveyor will pair experience of property in Cambridgeshire as well as other factors about the property for instance: style of architecture Surveyors also evaluate materials used and make certain key assumptions, for example the building connected to mains services such as electricity.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Cambridgeshire area conjectures, such as use of communal grounds or service connections, are made in addition to Cambridgeshire environmental issues like industrial buildings, which will also be factored in.

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Recent Cambridgeshire Surveyor Reports

  • Electrics in cellar in shocking state

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    Safety warning: The Electrical Safety Council recommends that you should get a registered electrician to check the property and its electrical fittings at least every ten years, or on change of occupancy. All electrical installation work undertaken after 1 January 2005 should have appropriate...

  • Major damp problem due to lack of damp proof course?

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    This property was suffering from a number of damp issues throughout, but the most pronounced was to the bay window area at the front of the house. Rising damp resulting from a lack of DPC or Damp Proof Course was suspected but ruled out by the surveyor. A DPC consists of non permeable...