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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 Survey is the best choice for my planned home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Catshill

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are purchasing a property made of conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Catshill

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Catshill) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Catshill

    This is an impartial valuation . It is chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Catshill and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Catshill property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Catshill property's condition in addition to information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Catshill House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are purchasing a residence in Catshill, does the chartered surveyor inquire into indications of flooding damage?

Flooding has become a major issue, not least because last year was the second wettest on record. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable. In addition, the survey report may offer suggestions for better flood defences.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a Catshill home lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when purchasing a maisonette next to a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. inert refuse. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (4/5 people live under 2km away from one). Worries might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations for example .

Surveyors will consider any structural problems connected with the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark data sets in addition to Birmingham Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of a gap below the skirting board in the dining room when we last viewed the flat. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey review?

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

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and start to slip downhill. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Catshill and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Catshill property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Catshill property's condition in addition to information on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Catshill House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are purchasing a residence in Catshill, does the chartered surveyor inquire into indications of flooding damage?

Flooding has become a major issue, not least because last year was the second wettest on record. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable. In addition, the survey report may offer suggestions for better flood defences.

The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a Catshill home lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.



Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when purchasing a maisonette next to a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. inert refuse. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (4/5 people live under 2km away from one). Worries might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations for example .

Surveyors will consider any structural problems connected with the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark data sets in addition to Birmingham Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of a gap below the skirting board in the dining room when we last viewed the flat. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey review?

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

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and start to slip downhill. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

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