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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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Which Home Buyers Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cathays

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property constructed from conventional materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cathays

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Cathays) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard property such as a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cathays

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

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Cathays property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer an in-depth analysis of the Cathays property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Cathays Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I am going to put in an offer in on a house in Cathays. What does the Cathays surveyor investigate as part of the survey?

This often causes anxiety for house purchasers with a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Homes throughout Cathays can often hide roofing woes. From roof battens to fascias, many parts of the roof and loft should be investigated. Factors like holes or cracks in the waterproof layer are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Call Heath Roofing Service of 24 Summerfield Avenue, Cardiff, CF14 3QA on 029 2040 4606 for details.

Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when buying a property close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial waste material disposal. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Potential health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Cathays will flag up any structural issues connected with the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Cardiff Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Conservation area

Are there any things I would be advised to check out if buying a building in Cathays in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 official conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with the local council. Surveyors in Cathays are required by RICS to have local knowledge of local issues and any connection they have on the home. The value of homes is generally higher as a result of them being in good order. However a large number have fallen into a state of neglect e.g. unauthorised alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings

Surveyors are expected advise if the house is or might be is designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Homebuyer Report will advise further investigations are conducted by your legal adviser. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will also be reported in the Cathays survey but these are really more a investigated by your legal adviser.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Cathays property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer an in-depth analysis of the Cathays property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Cathays Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I am going to put in an offer in on a house in Cathays. What does the Cathays surveyor investigate as part of the survey?

This often causes anxiety for house purchasers with a roofing 'horror story' from a previous home. Homes throughout Cathays can often hide roofing woes. From roof battens to fascias, many parts of the roof and loft should be investigated. Factors like holes or cracks in the waterproof layer are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Call Heath Roofing Service of 24 Summerfield Avenue, Cardiff, CF14 3QA on 029 2040 4606 for details.



Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when buying a property close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial waste material disposal. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Potential health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Cathays will flag up any structural issues connected with the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Cardiff Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Conservation area

Are there any things I would be advised to check out if buying a building in Cathays in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 official conservation areas in England and Wales, responsibility for which lies with the local council. Surveyors in Cathays are required by RICS to have local knowledge of local issues and any connection they have on the home. The value of homes is generally higher as a result of them being in good order. However a large number have fallen into a state of neglect e.g. unauthorised alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings

Surveyors are expected advise if the house is or might be is designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Homebuyer Report will advise further investigations are conducted by your legal adviser. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will also be reported in the Cathays survey but these are really more a investigated by your legal adviser.

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