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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Canton

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are purchasing a property built from standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Canton

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Canton) will also be carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this survey for non standard property such as stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Canton

    This is an impartial valuation of the property. It is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Canton and which is cheaper?

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

If the Canton property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations on the property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a thorough analysis of the Canton property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Canton Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will heavy rainfall have on our new building in Canton?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is rarely considered properly by property buyers. If you have only seen the property on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that downspouts are damaged include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve for a reasonable cost, unless they are not unblocked on a regular basis. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be signs of asbestos textured coatings situated in the building. What is asbestos and what are the remedial options?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials such as cooker insulation. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in stove insulation.

All forms (including white) are ultimately pernicious and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

If discovered, one must be careful not to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. On no account try to remove it yourself. Canton Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note potential asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a 1979-built house in Canton and saw cracks along the kitchen ceiling. What subsidence information does the Canton property survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement usually occurs in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Less common than subsidence, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Canton homes. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Canton and which is cheaper?

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

If the Canton property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations on the property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a thorough analysis of the Canton property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Canton Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will heavy rainfall have on our new building in Canton?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is rarely considered properly by property buyers. If you have only seen the property on a clear day, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that downspouts are damaged include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve for a reasonable cost, unless they are not unblocked on a regular basis. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be signs of asbestos textured coatings situated in the building. What is asbestos and what are the remedial options?



Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials such as cooker insulation. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in stove insulation.

All forms (including white) are ultimately pernicious and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

If discovered, one must be careful not to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. On no account try to remove it yourself. Canton Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note potential asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a 1979-built house in Canton and saw cracks along the kitchen ceiling. What subsidence information does the Canton property survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement usually occurs in more modern homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Less common than subsidence, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Canton homes. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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